Norma Ferguson, 95, of Jefferson, died Sunday, February 12, 2017.
A graveside services of remembrance was held Wednesday, February 15 at the Jefferson Cemetery with Rev. Sheldon Henderson of Central Christian Church, Jefferson officiating. Casket bearers were Jason Todd Ferguson, Chad Ferguson, Brad Ferguson, Alan Ferguson, Tessa Weir, Eric Winger, Adam Winger and Nicole Uebel. The musical selection were “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.” Larry Dowd was the soloist. Interment was at Jefferson Cemetery.
Norma Lavon Woodhouse was born August 29, 1921 to Sam and Mable Woodhouse in Scranton, Iowa. Norma was the fourth of five girls. She graduated from Scranton High School in 1938. Norma married the love of her life, Merle D. Ferguson, of Dana, Iowa on January 9, 1946. Together they had three children: Ronald, Richard and Nancy. Norma spent her life raising her children, taking care of her husband, and working various jobs including a tenure as Deputy Sheriff that she loved to tell stories of.
Norma was a talented painter and enjoyed participating in many local clubs. She was a Charter Member of Does, in its 50th year and served as President in 1973. She was a member of Central Christian Church. She was a loving person who spread joy to those around her.
After her husband died in 2004, Norma lived on her own until she was 94 and then lived at The Gardens and then Regency Park in Jefferson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sisters: Leah Fengel of Jefferson, Gwen Mooseberg of Peoria, Ill. and Doris Dunlop of Jefferson; and two infant brothers.
She is survived by her three children: Ronald (Dru) Ferguson of Amarillo, Texas, Richard (Klarice) Ferguson of Jamaica, Iowa and Nancy (Thomas) Winger of Jefferson; sister, Donna (John) Buckley of West Des Moines; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to the family for distribution to selected charities.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson 515-386-2171.