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Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home

30 Riverside Highway, Bassett, VA

OBITUARY

Frances H. Ferguson

December 3, 1934April 22, 2020
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Frances H. Ferguson, age 85, of Hillcrest Park, Bassett, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. She was born on December 3, 1934 to the late English Ruer Hutson, Sr. and Ada Gray Hutson.

As a child who loved reading, she was a graduate of Longwood University with a BS in Business Education and the first in her family to earn a degree. This yearning for knowledge and higher education was instilled in her five children who all went on to earn college degrees.

She taught business classes in the Henry County School System for a number of years and retired from the school system to be home to raise her kids. Throughout her marriage to her life partner Tom, and after suddenly losing him in 1995 just short of their 40th wedding anniversary, she continued to be a strong leader and supporter of her family for another 25 years.

She was a long-term active member of Bassett Memorial United Methodist Church, served on the Hospitality committee and taught children’s Sunday school.

Recently she resided and lived at Bright Leaf Place Memory Care, where she was supported and cared for by a loving group of caregivers and support staff. Additionally, thank you to Mountain Valley Hospice for their compassion and kindness.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 4 sisters; Golden Bryant, Florine Gunnells, Gladys Brown and Myrtle Weaver; 2 brothers, Theddy Lee Setliff and Otis Hutson.

Mrs. Ferguson is survived by 4 daughters; Mrs. Kenneth P. (Cynthia) Shelton of Poquoson, VA, Mrs. Eric (Sherry) Joyce of Carrollton, GA, Ms. Tammy Burek of Dalton, GA, Mrs. David L. (Marni) Lyle of Chatham, VA; 1 son; Mr. Stephen T. Ferguson (Tonya) of Greenville, SC. Sisters; Alice Raffa, Pricilla Shealy, Opal Pulliam; 1 brother, English Hutson, Jr., grandchildren; Christopher Shelton, Cameron Shelton (Katie), Justin Joyce (Katie), Brittany Walls (Ben), Heather Joyce, Travis Joyce, Jessica Burek, Caleb Ferguson, Eben Ferguson, Staley Lyle, Holly Lyle, Aubrey Lyle, Grady Lyle; 2 great-grandchildren; Troy Joyce, Kennedy Walls.

A private, graveside service will be held at Roselawn Park on Monday, April 27th at 1 pm.

Once the COVID situation diminishes, the family plans to have a celebration of life later this year to remember and honor Mom’s life and legacy, share good food and fellowship, and come back together to laugh and hug again.

In lieu of flowers, the family would request that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org), The Gideons International (gideons.org) or the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org).

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Memories

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Jim Cooke

May 2, 2020

Just a real joy to be your pastor and know each of you as children and your mom and dad as wonderful. parents. Tom almost talked me into coming back to Bassett and retiring. That would have been a joy as well. My wife and I live in Brandermill Woods in Midlothian VA and would love to see you when you are in the Richmond area .(804)389-9333 God bless each of you!

Deborah Jones

April 30, 2020

I was very fond of my resident, Mrs. Frances and her sweet family! I’m so thankful to have been privileged to care for her thru many engaging and fun activities I provided and she engaged. She loved decorating a large pinecone, as a Christmas tree craft, this past Christmas . For Valentine’s Day fun, I collected wide brim hats and Frances chose hers for a tea & cookie social! I took a pic of her with a big lip prop and her fancy hat. She enjoyed this day very much. We played the Leprechaun Pot of Gold toss game, she was very fond and good with this game.
She will be dearly missed at Bright Leaf Memory Care Assisted Living . Thank you to her wonderful family for allowing us to serve her needs❤️😊🙏🏼

Laurie Emerson Phillips

April 27, 2020

Mrs. Ferguson was like a second mother to me. It didn’t matter to her that she already had five busy children running around and asking her for something; she welcomed me into her home from the time I was in first grade until I was in my forties!! Oh the wonderful memories I have of playing store in the basement, going through the trap door of the tree house, swinging in the backyard and many, many sleepovers with Tammy :) That station wagon was already full but there just happened to be an empty seat for me for rides to Girl Scouts or one more Friday night at the Collinsville skating rink. Mrs. Ferguson was also a very good friend to my mother and hosted my bridal shower at the Ferguson home. After Tammy and I grew up and moved away, we would always go “home” to Hillcrest Park and meet at one of our parents’ homes to talk the night away. As always, Mrs.Ferguson welcomed me in, asked about my family and offered me something delicious—every single time.
To Tammy and all the Ferguson family,
I know your hearts are breaking but hold on to your many, many wonderful memories. Hold tight to the fact that we will all be with our beautiful moms in Heaven one day. Until then, they will be our guardian angels.
Hugs and prayers to all of you,

Laurie Emerson Phillips

Denise Caldwell

April 27, 2020

Tammy & family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. God only gives us one Mom in this life and they are priceless. No matter how long we have them we are never ready to let them go. Praying that God will wrap His arms around you and be The Source of your comfort, your courage, your strength and your peace both now and in the days ahead. May Yahweh Shalom, The Prince of Peace rule and reign in your hearts, souls and spirits. Much love and prayers.
Denise Caldwell

Donna Petrel

April 27, 2020

Dear Tammy and family,
Although I never got to meet your mom, reading about her life shows what a wonderful woman she was. I could already tell that about her from the part of your family I do know and love. My heart goes out to you all as you begin this season of both grieving her presence, and also recalling the precious moments you shared with her and with each other. You will be in my prayers as you go forward, with God's grace and comfort available every day, for every step.
Love, Donna Petrel

INEZ CANNON

April 27, 2020

Tammy,
Ron and I are praying for you and your family today. May God shower you and your family with love and peace during this difficult time.

Love,
Inez Cannon

ann boyd

April 27, 2020

Our prayers and love are being sent your way. Your mom was so beautiful and was such an example of how to love all others. She sure was a "super" mom to have raised all of you to become the outstanding Christians and citizens you are. Tammy, you are so loved by God and by all those you work with and by your friends and family. In this difficult time, nothing is more important than our relationships. Your mom left a legacy of true love developed over the years through her love of God. We love you and are with you!
May God fill that hole in your hearts with His love and JOY!

Jo Anne Martin

April 27, 2020

You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I have such happy and fond memories of your mother and how she treated me like one of the family.....I certainly spent enough time there with sleep overs, sewing classes, going to the Bassett Community Center pool, and eating meals with you all. Your Mother adored you all and was such a role model, I especially remember her sweet smile and laugh. She and your Dad certainly knew how to raise a happy, bright family!
Cindy, I think of you often, I see your are back in Tidewater- I'm still in Richmond and would love to get together sometime.
Love to you all, Jo Anne

Grethel Giddens

April 27, 2020

Tammy,
I did not have the opportunity to meet your mom, but I know she was a very special person. She had to be in order to raise such a caring, loyal, and inspirational person. You have become such an important person in my life because you are always willing to help me when I need you. You are a true friend, and I wish I could be there for you now. I know that the next few days will seem like a blur, but you need to take just one day at a time. God wii direct your path and give you strength and wisdom as you face the tasks before you. Know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Grethel Giddens

Sharon Morgan

April 26, 2020

Love and prayers for all the Ferguson family. I was privileged to meet Mom Frances while she lived at Bright Leaf. She was so kind and hospitable, leaving me with fond memories of those few days that I visited her with Tammy. My heart goes out to her children, grandchildren and siblings--but I also rejoice with you that she is Home safe with Jesus, and I thankfully anticipate seeing her again one day.
May you feel the comforting arms of God around you in this time of loss, and may you find peace and joy in shared memories.
Sincerely,
Sharon Morgan

FROM THE FAMILY

A beautiful Frances

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Proud High School graduate

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Stratford College graduate - 1954

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Mom was a beautiful bride on her wedding day - August 4, 1956

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Happy Newlyweds!

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All of Mom's siblings - 1963

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Mom's siblings left to right: Opal, Mom, Priscilla, Junior, Golden, Florine, Alice

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Mom and her sister Opal had a special bond

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Mom holding Cindy and Sherry- 1961

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Young Ferguson smiles!

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