Beverly Elaine Ferguson
June 22, 1923 – May 10, 2018
****Beverly Elaine Ferguson***
June 22, 1923 - May 10, 2018
As the Lord gave us 5 beautiful days of Blue sky, bright Sun and abundant warmth, the heavens opened up on May 10, 2018 with an incredible downpour of Rain and Lightning. On that morning, Beverly Elaine Ferguson, took her last breath in peace, closed her eyes and rode out on a Lightning Bolt!
It was impeccable timing and very fitting for a woman who traveled the world in fearless style!
Beverly was surrounded by her family and friends as she greeted them with a nod, listened to big band tunes, enjoyed hearing life stories and celebrated her final days in grand fashion. Her Son's George and Lee Ferguson, their wives, Julie and Amy Ferguson and her grandchildren, Megan, George, Mary, Hannah, Jacob and Ben Ferguson were by her side.
Beverly was born in Bay City, Michigan to Frank and Lenah Bower. Her Siblings: Gerry, Jack, Mack, Frank and Ernie enjoyed many great days living near Interlochen and then Lincoln Park as they grew up together.
Bev's love of music would never be denied. She literally forced her way into the Band at Lincoln Park High School and learned to play the most difficult instrument on earth....TROMBONE!
Not only did she learn to play it, she perfected it and earned a scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Academy before graduating High School. Once she graduated, she hit the ground running and toured professionally with a multitude of Big Bands that crisscrossed the globe for nearly 14 years.
Upon entering Wayne State University as an "Older" freshman (33yrs old) she met her future Husband, George Ferguson, in a Political Science class. Needless to say, the professor hadn't bargained for 2 of the most experienced, determined and "real life" accomplished professionals to "lead" the way for spirited debate!
Beverly and George graduated from Wayne State University and dated for nearly 10 years until they finally married on February 1, 1964. They were together until George passed away unexpectedly on September 21, 1973. Beverly remained single and never remarried.
Beverly's professional career was multi-faceted: She was Professional Musician and multi-instrumentalist, an English, Drama, Speech and Writing Teacher, a Realtor, a Stenographer, a Para-Legal and a published author.
A Celebratory Church service filled with music and fellowship will be held at The Presbyterian Church of Okemos on Saturday, June 2nd. Music and visitation begins at 10:30am with the service beginning at 11am. (11:15am Beverly time....)
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Beverly's memory can be made to the Presbyterian Church of Okemos Music Program or The Friends of Ingham County Parks / Lake Lansing Band Shell / Sounds of Summer Concert Series.
**Please drop Beverly's name when making your contribution. She'll smile...**
- Visitation Saturday, June 2, 2018
- Memorial Service Saturday, June 2, 2018
Beverly Elaine Ferguson
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June 10, 2018
I am a member of the Brown family, married to Charlie Brown, for 56 years. I have known Beverly all that time and had many fun-filled family occasions with her. She was a joy to know, always full of fun and ready to do anything that was an adventure with her boys and any family member. I will always remember her fondly. My sincere condolences to her sons and their families.
Kingsley MI/Sarasota, FLA
June 4, 2018
I am grateful I had the opportunity to get to know my Aunt Beverly during my years at MSU and beyond, including one summer as a tenant in her rental home on Linden. In the late '90's Bev, Aunt Helen and Joanie took a trip to Lake Tahoe and I flew in from Southern California to meet them there. I know Bev and my mom really enjoyed the mission trips they took to Mexico where they helped with the children. Around 2008, Aunt Bev drove down to Indy to visit me and meet my new little boys. I think George and Lee were a wee bit concerned about Bev driving to Indy by herself, but she would not be denied a chance to come and visit her niece. We always had a lot of fun together! Aunt Bev was truly an inspiration to me, as were the words shared by George during the memorial service. The service and obituary were perfect as they really captured Aunt Bev's spirit and legacy! I am very thankful to be a part of this family and for the bond we share. Aunt Bev will continue to live on our all of our hearts for many years to come. Up in heaven - God put the band back together again, so Bev will be busy making beautiful music for eternity.
May 22, 2018
Dear Aunt Beverly,
The memories are many as are the good times we shared. Laughing about nothing and never worried about who cared. Holidays and weddings we gathered and prayed that everyone got home safe and no one delayed. You will be missed and always remembered. We all gather to celebrate your past as we pray that our memories will ever last.
Frank & Rachel Bower
Rhiannon and Saylor Bower
RICHARD W. WERT
May 20, 2018
While I was a student at Okemos High School (1980-1982), Mrs. Ferguson was in charge of Study Hall and other activities. Very strict but also very kind. May she Rest In Peace.