Jean Joy Ferguson

July 28, 1928May 25, 2018

Jean L. “Joy” Ferguson, 91 of Kimball, died at her home west of Kimball on Friday, May 25, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball with Pastor Carla Gunn officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. to greet friends. Friends may also visit to view Joy’s Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to the Kimball Hospital Foundation. The services for Joy have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.

Jean Loy “Joy” Ferguson was born in a Banner County sod house on July 28, 1926 to William Bryan and Sarah Elizabeth (Hopkins) Kelley. Joy was a graduate of Liberty Rural High School north of Morrill and earned her teaching certificate from Chadron State College. She taught at the 19th-century log house Flowerfield School in southern Banner County and worked at American National Bank and Huffman Drug Store in Kimball, and at Carol’s Nut List in her later years. After his return home after World War II, Joy married John E. (Gene) Ferguson on March 4, 1951. After two years of construction work mostly in Wyoming, Gene and Joy settled west of Kimball, where they devoted their lives to kids, corn, cattle and hogs. Joy will be lovingly remembered as a “very sweet lady,” a devoted wife, mother and community volunteer. She served as an election worker for Kimball County for more than 30 years.

She is survived by her sister, Ellyn Spade of Buffalo, Wyo., sons John B. and wife Elizabeth, Dan and wife Terry and Kerry and wife Jeri Ferguson, all of Kimball; grandchildren Matt Ferguson, Ashley (Jared) Baxendale, Kelli (Will) Remien and James Henry Ferguson; Devin Ferguson, Danielle (James) Bascomb, Morgan (Ashlyn) Ferguson and Chauncey Richardson; and Charles (Tracia) Ferguson, Kendall Ferguson, Michael Ferguson and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Joy is preceded in death by her husband, parents and twin brothers Claude and Clitus Kelley and grandson Andrew Christopher (Tophie).



  • Visitation Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, June 1, 2018


  • Cemetery

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Bob Sandridge

June 14, 2018

Dan, John, Kerry and families,

I am sadden to hear the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful lady with an ever-loving kindness about her. Know that your in our thoughts and prayers and Joy is at peace now. May God Bless each of you and help you through this tiring time.

Bob Sandridge & Family

May 30, 2018

My grandmother was such a loving person, she would always sit and listen to any story I had to tell her about work or school. Whenever I would call she would answer with the same “Helllllo.” So I would say “Hi grandma, it’s Michael.” And she said “Ohhhhhhhh Michael!!! How are you honey?” I will never forget the memories I made with her. It’s hard to pick a favorite memory but one that is definitely near the top of the list is when I was young and small enough to still sit in her lap I would lay across her lap and she would rub my back while singing Little Boy Blue until I fell asleep.

Kirby Fuller

May 26, 2018

Indeed, it is sad learning about the loss of Jean. However, as the comforting video link shows, God will soon restore endless life to all those in his perfect memory.