Elizabeth Hiers Ferrell

September 17, 1934April 11, 2019

Elizabeth H. “Libby” Ferrell

Elizabeth Hiers Ferrell of Sanford, Florida went peacefully home to be with her Lord on April 11, 2019. Born on September 17, 1934, she was the oldest of three children of Frank and Ruth Hiers and grew up in Macclenny, Florida. She graduated from Macclenny-Glenn High School in 1952 as valedictorian of her high school class and enrolled in Stetson University in DeLand the following year.

During her senior year at Stetson she met her future husband, Carey E. Ferrell, and they both graduated in the class of 1956. They settled in Palatka, Florida where she began her teaching career at Moseley Elementary School and later Palatka Senior High School.

In 1971 the family moved to Tallahassee and she took a position as a business education teacher at Godby High School. During her years at Godby High she instituted a program sponsored by the Florida Association school students for employment in the insurance industry. The program won numerous awards and in, 1982 she was named Godby High School Teacher of the Year. That year, she was also a finalist for the Leon County Teacher of the Year award. During her time at Godby High she was also named a “Star Teacher” by the Florida State Chamber of Commerce. It was during these years that she came to be known as “Miss Libby”, a name that followed her for the remainder of her life.

In 1983 the family moved to Sanford, Florida where she spent the remainder of her 40-year education career as a business education teacher at Lake Mary High School and as an adjunct faculty member at Seminole Community College.

After she retired in 1996, she and her husband opened an antiques store named “Arts and Ends” on First Street in the downtown historic district of Sanford. Two years later they opened a second antiques store on the same street called “Miss Libby’s Antique Emporium”. For the next seventeen years they were active business owners and operators in the Downtown Historic District. She was active in the Sanford Historic Society and participated in many activities designed to promote the re-development of Sanford’s historic downtown.

After her second retirement she co-authored a book with her husband in early 2018 called “Sanford – Life in the Celery City which dealt with the history and development of the City of Sanford particularly the historic districts. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Carey E. Ferrell; two sons, John Michael Ferrell and Robert Alan Ferrell: a daughter-in-law, Karen Ferrell; a brother, Duane Hiers of Eufaula, Alabama; a sister, Patricia Fagan of Laurel, Maryland; three grandchildren, Kristina Gilmore, Amanda Ferrell, and James Ferrell; and three great-grandchildren. Brandon Gove, Kyler Gove and Annalise Gilmore.

A memorial service will be held at Baldwin-Fairchild Oaklawn Chapel, 5000 County Road 46A, Sanford, Florida on Saturday April 20, 2019 at 10:00am with a reception to follow at the funeral home.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 20, 2019

Elizabeth Hiers Ferrell

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Bryan Eubanks

April 20, 2019

Great memories of a fine lady...glad I got to see and visit with her back in October at my Dads funeral...RIP and TY for treating me so well as a young boy growing up here in Palatka.

Linda McClarney

April 18, 2019

We are so sorry for you loss. Aunt Libby was a true Southern Lady. Mom and I thought the world of her. She had such an "uniqueness" about her that made her very special in my heart. She was the glue that held her family together. Rejoice in the good memories and time that you had with her. I pray that these good thoughts will carry you through this difficult time. She is in heaven with Mom, both of them are watching over us from above. Sincerely,
Linda, James, Jonathan and Jillian