Beverly J. Ferguson, age 70 of Ansley, died May 17, 2011, at the Valley County Hospital in Ord. All memorials are suggested to the Valley County Hospice.
Beverly (Whitman) Ferg-uson was born Jan. 12, 1941, in Loup City to Dean and Loma (Hyatt) Whitman. Bev attended grade school in Casper, Wyo, later moving back to the Arcadia - Westerville region.
Bev graduated from Arcadia High School with the class of 1959. Bev said, “Yea, I graduated from high school - now what?” She didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life, so she stayed home that summer and worked in the local cafe.
That summer she met that special someone in her life, her partner in marriage, Lawrence Ferguson. Lawrence had already accepted a job in Abilene, Kan., before meeting Bev. When the job shut down at Christmas break, they were married, Dec. 26, 1959.
They stayed with Bev’s parents, Lawrence’s brother, and other family members until spring. They then moved to Salina, Kan., where there home was a small trailer house they had purchased. Lawrence worked on the interstate, and during this time their daughter, Candra Lee, was born Dec. 8, 1960.
In the spring of 1961, they moved back to the Arcadia and Ansley region. Lawrence operated a drag line while working on the Sherman Dam irrigation project. During this time their son, Larry Dean, was born Nov. 28, 1962.
From 1962 to 1970, they moved all over Nebraska. Lawrence’s employment was drag line, building bridges mostly on the interstate. They lived in 14 towns throughout Nebraska, not counting Ansley and Arcadia. They lived as far north as Niobrara, and as far south as Humboldt; as far east as Omaha, and as far west as Bushnell. They lived in a large mobile home, so their home was always with them.
They met a lot of nice people, learned a lot about the state of Nebraska, and saw many of its points of interest. The entire family enjoyed this learning experience. They lived through a few bad experiences during this time. Their new mobile home was turned over by a tornado in Elba; and at Bushnell Lawrence’s boss and he were struck by lightning.
In 1970, they moved back to the Arcadia and Ansley region because they wanted to get settled into one place before Candra and Larry started junior high and high school. Lawrence went to work for the Irrigation District at Arcadia, and Bev managed the community center.
They also tried their skills at farming and milking cows for four years. They raised hogs, corn and alfalfa. They never worked at a job any harder in their lives and almost went broke doing it.
In 1977, they moved to Ansley. Lawrence was hired by the Custer County Highway Department as a bridge foreman. He continued this line of work until he retired 27 years later.
Bev was the main cook at the Highway Cafe for eight years. Finally, during her retired years, Bev stayed home and truly enjoyed being grandmother, taking care of Rod and Candra’s children full-time, and Larry and Gail’s children whenever they needed some help. Bev and Lawrence were living in Ansley when Bev died.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Ferguson of Ansley; daughter, Candra and husband Rod Palmer of Ansley; son, Larry and wife Gail Ferguson of Ansley; five grandchildren, Jenny (Jim) Eberle, Nathan Ferguson, and Melinda, Michael and Katelyn Palmer; and three great-grandsons, Brady and Ryland Eberle, and Miciah Mohrman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Michelle Lee Palmer; and a great-granddaughter, Ella Gail Eberle.
Funeral services were May 21 at the Ansley Christian Church with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, May 26, 2011