Jean Stiver Ferguson, 92, of Burgaw passed gently from her earthly life Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Laurels of Pender.
She was born October 29, 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Harry E. and Muriel Margaret Lint Stiver. In addition to her parents Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Ferguson.
Jean is survived by her son, William “Bill” Edward Ferguson and wife, Merle; daughters, Savannah McLean and Edna Kay Ferguson Favreau and husband, Frederick; nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Jean was a faithful member of Burgaw Presbyterian Church and lived a life by her Christian example and beliefs.
Jean was a joyful spirit and was gifted with a far above average intelligence, finishing high school at the age of 14. At the age of 15 she fibbed about her age and got a job as a chemist with Colgate-Palmolive Company. She completed her undergraduate degree at Hastings College in Nebraska and furthered her education receiving a master’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska and her decorate degree in Romance Language from UNC-Chapel Hill. Jean studied 14 different languages and was fluent in 11 of those languages. As a career, Jean was a schoolteacher, teaching from elementary grades through college level. She taught in many places from Nebraska to North Carolina, enriching the lives of many young students.
Jean was bright light in this world and a loyal friend to many. Most of all Jean loved her dear family.
A memorial service will be 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2019 at Burgaw Presbyterian Church with The Rev. Will Davis and The Rev. William Hill Pearsall conducting the service.
The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.
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A service of Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel.
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