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Community leader dies

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Louise Ferguson
Fulton County recently lost a long-time, dedicated friend. Mary Louise Ferguson died Aug. 10 at the age of 78.

Ferguson taught home economics and science at Oxford and Violet Hill Schools before beginning to work with the Fulton County Extension Homemakers in 1966.

After Ferguson took her position with the extension service, she quickly established herself as a concerned and dedicated individual.

Ferguson was known for her enthusiasm and desire to work one-on-one with those who sought her help, said friend and long-time co-worker Carolyn Lewis.

Ferguson was also an active volunteer with the Fulton County Fair. She was part of the group that worked to have the Fulton County Fair moved to its current grounds in 1973. "She was a person that liked to help people," Lewis said. "She spent a lot of long hours volunteering with the (Fulton County) fair. She was part of the group that made major changes (in the fair)."

In 1980 Ferguson began serving as the county's extension service staff chairman while still upholding her duties as county extension agent. "She was so helpful and dedicated. She was a good person to work with," Lewis said. "I really learned a lot from her."

Her survivors include her children: Mary Ladonna McBride of Oxford, James Wesley Ferguson of Franklin and Leesa Lynn Boone and husband, Robert of Mountain View; her grandchildren, William Derrell McBride and wife Melissa Jeanette of Oxford and Lagena Louise McBride of Oxford; her great-grandchildren, Landon Coy McBride and Megan Elizabeth McBride; two sisters, LaNeil Gephart and husband Roger of Derby, Kan., and Myrl Thrash and husband Pennix of Hope.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her father and mother.

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