OBITUARY

Lois Mildred Ferguson

April 29, 1926March 31, 2019
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Lois Mildred Reiber Ferguson, 92, cast aside her Earthly bonds and traveled to her new Eternal home on March 31, 2019, lifted up with love and prayer by her family and close friends.

Lois entered this life on April 29, 1926, in Bloomfield, New Jersey, the third child of August H. and Edith B. Reiber. She was a graduate of Bloomfield High School, and attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and McNeese State College. Following her love for music, she played violin in high school. A beautiful voice, her true gift from God, was revealed and singing became the passion which she enjoyed sharing with others throughout her life.

Robert Ferguson and Lois married in 1948, and became the parents of two daughters, Barbara and Linda. In 1960, they relocated to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Together, they created a loving home, became members of First Presbyterian Church, raised their girls, and developed friendships that have endured through time. She worked as a realtor for several local agencies, with the Lake Charles Chamber of Commerce, Arthritis Foundation, and later volunteered with the St. Patrick Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and a local hospice organization.

As a member of First Presbyterian Church, Lois sang in the Chancel choir, directed the youth choir, participated in Presbyterian Women on local, presbytery, and synod levels, and became an elder in the Church. She was a member of the Advisory Board to the Board of Trustees for Lyons College, a private Presbyterian College in Batesville, Arkansas, enjoyed participating in school activities, and supported the college in many ways. Serving God led her on many adventures, including the lay ministry and mission trips to Cuba.

Following her love of music and service to others, Lois was involved in Artists Civic Theatre Studio (ACTS), Lake Charles Civic Symphony Auxiliary, the annual Messiah performance at McNeese, Louisiana Choral Foundation Masterworks Chorale, and performed with numerous local choirs, in addition to her career as a soloist. She was involved in the Enterprise Club, East Brunswick, New Jersey Women’s Club, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Business and Professional Women, and the American Association of University Women.

Lois is predeceased by her parents, siblings David E. Reiber and Ruth R. Fisher, and her devoted, loving, tolerant, and very patient husband of fifty years, Robert William Ferguson. Those left to cherish her memories are daughters, Barbara Hall of Kingwood, Texas, Linda Glasgow of Lake Charles, Louisiana, grandsons Karl Fortenberry of Orlando, Florida, and Matthew Hall (Morgan) of Lawton, Oklahoma, brother William Reiber (Barbara) of Woodstown, New Jersey, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lois had a passion for life, deep faith in God, a desire to help others, and experienced such joy when sharing her gifts and talents with the community. Her dedication and love for her family was boundless. One of a kind, she was detail oriented and particular - a force to be reckoned with. Her love of travel took her to many parts of the United States and across the Atlantic to visit family and friends, the Caribbean Islands and Cuba, and to the Holy Land.

Special thanks to Brian Clements, M.D., Brighton Bridge Hospice, Melinda Kellar, R.N., Joyce Fischer, L.P.N, and caregivers Margaret Edwards, Lisa Antoine, and Reesey Cockburn for their wonderful care of Lois, and their dedication, loving kindness, and unending patience during these past years.

Lois is predeceased by her parents, siblings David E. Reiber and Ruth R. Fisher, and her devoted, loving, tolerant, and very patient husband of fifty years, Robert William Ferguson. Those left to cherish her memories are daughters, Barbara Hall of Kingwood, Texas, Linda Glasgow of Lake Charles, Louisiana, grandsons Karl Fortenberry of Orlando, Florida, and Matthew Hall (Morgan) of Lawton, Oklahoma, brother William Reiber (Barbara) of Woodstown, New Jersey, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with family and friends will take place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 o’clock, p.m., at J. E. Hixson & Sons Funeral Home, 3001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana. A Celebration of the Life and Resurrection of Lois will take place on Friday, April 5, 2019, beginning at 2:00 o’clock, p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 2525 Second Avenue, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Private graveside services will be held at Prien Memorial Park, 2220 Country Club Road, Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Charles, Lyon College of Batesville, Arkansas, or a charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

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  • Those left to cherish her memories are daughters, Barbara Hall of Kingwood, Texas, Linda Glasgow of Lake Charles, Louisiana, grandsons Karl Fortenberry of Orlando, Florida, and Matthew Hall (Morgan) of Lawton, Oklahoma, brother William Reiber (Barbara) of Woodstown, New Jersey, and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Lois is predeceased by her parents, siblings David E. Reiber and Ruth R. Fisher, and her devoted, loving, tolerant, and very patient husband of fifty years, Robert William Ferguson.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • Vistation Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 5, 2019
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Lois Mildred Ferguson

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Louise Auble

April 4, 2019

I have many fond memories of my cousin, Lois-- hearing her beautiful voice as she sang, seeing her smile, and the joy in her eyes as she told of her Lyons College endeavors and her work with the Presbyterian church. I especially cherish her visit to our home in Livingston, which was shared with my mom (Hildegard Reiber), who adored Lois. I sent her on her way with a roast beef sandwich to eat on the plane back to Louisiana, which she later confessed was consumed on the way to the airport! I will always love her and miss her. Love, hugs, and prayers to the family.

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Biography

Lois Mildred Reiber Ferguson, 92, cast aside her Earthly bonds and traveled to her new Eternal home on March 31, 2019, lifted up with love and prayer by her family and close friends.

Lois entered this life on April 29, 1926, in Bloomfield, New Jersey, the third child of August H. and Edith B. Reiber. She was a graduate of Bloomfield High School, and attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and McNeese State College. Following her love for music, she played violin in high school. A beautiful voice, her true gift from God, was revealed and singing became the passion which she enjoyed sharing with others throughout her life.

Robert Ferguson and Lois married in 1948, and became the parents of two daughters, Barbara and Linda. In 1960, they relocated to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Together, they created a loving home, became members of First Presbyterian Church, raised their girls, and developed friendships that have endured through time. She worked as a realtor for several local agencies, with the Lake Charles Chamber of Commerce, Arthritis Foundation, and later volunteered with the St. Patrick Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and a local hospice organization.

As a member of First Presbyterian Church, Lois sang in the Chancel choir, directed the youth choir, participated in Presbyterian Women on local, presbytery, and synod levels, and became an elder in the Church. She was a member of the Advisory Board to the Board of Trustees for Lyons College, a private Presbyterian College in Batesville, Arkansas, enjoyed participating in school activities, and supported the college in many ways. Serving God led her on many adventures, including the lay ministry and mission trips to Cuba.

Following her love of music and service to others, Lois was involved in Artists Civic Theatre Studio (ACTS), Lake Charles Civic Symphony Auxiliary, the annual Messiah performance at McNeese, Louisiana Choral Foundation Masterworks Chorale, and performed with numerous local choirs, in addition to her career as a soloist. She was involved in the Enterprise Club, East Brunswick, New Jersey Women’s Club, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Business and Professional Women, and the American Association of University Women.

Lois is predeceased by her parents, siblings David E. Reiber and Ruth R. Fisher, and her devoted, loving, tolerant, and very patient husband of fifty years, Robert William Ferguson. Those left to cherish her memories are daughters, Barbara Hall of Kingwood, Texas, Linda Glasgow of Lake Charles, Louisiana, grandsons Karl Fortenberry of Orlando, Florida, and Matthew Hall (Morgan) of Lawton, Oklahoma, brother William Reiber (Barbara) of Woodstown, New Jersey, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lois had a passion for life, deep faith in God, a desire to help others, and experienced such joy when sharing her gifts and talents with the community. Her dedication and love for her family was boundless. One of a kind, she was detail oriented and particular - a force to be reckoned with. Her love of travel took her to many parts of the United States and across the Atlantic to visit family and friends, the Caribbean Islands and Cuba, and to the Holy Land.

Special thanks to Brian Clements, M.D., Brighton Bridge Hospice, Melinda Kellar, R.N., Joyce Fischer, L.P.N, and caregivers Margaret Edwards, Lisa Antoine, and Reesey Cockburn for their wonderful care of Lois, and their dedication, loving kindness, and unending patience during these past years.

Lois is predeceased by her parents, siblings David E. Reiber and Ruth R. Fisher, and her devoted, loving, tolerant, and very patient husband of fifty years, Robert William Ferguson. Those left to cherish her memories are daughters, Barbara Hall of Kingwood, Texas, Linda Glasgow of Lake Charles, Louisiana, grandsons Karl Fortenberry of Orlando, Florida, and Matthew Hall (Morgan) of Lawton, Oklahoma, brother William Reiber (Barbara) of Woodstown, New Jersey, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with family and friends will take place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 o’clock, p.m., at J. E. Hixson & Sons Funeral Home, 3001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana. A Celebration of the Life and Resurrection of Lois will take place on Friday, April 5, 2019, beginning at 2:00 o’clock, p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 2525 Second Avenue, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Private graveside services will be held at Prien Memorial Park, 2220
Country Club Road, Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Charles, Lyon College of Batesville, Arkansas, or a charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com