CHARLESTON, Ill. —
Reta Berneice Ferguson, age 92, of Charleston, left this life on Friday, Oct. 4, while in the comfort of her home and in the loving presence of her family.
Visitation for family and friends was held Wednesday evening, Oct. 9, from 5 – 7 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. A Memorial Service honoring and celebrating her life was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Wesley United Methodist Church located at 2206 Fourth St. in Charleston. It is requested that in lieu of flowers, thoughtful donations in her honor be made to Wesley United Methodist Church. Gifts may be mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.
Berneice was born on April 25, 1921, in Sac City, the daughter of Johnny B. and Mamie (Gibson) Morrison. She eloped to marry Max B. Ferguson on March 28, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo. It was a union of love and friendship which endured for nearly 69 years until Max’s death on Jan. 2, 2011. She is survived by her children, Alan Ferguson, of Chillicothe, Ill., Jane Ferguson, of Kensington, Md., and Curt Ferguson, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a grandson, Nick Andersen, of Kensington; a sister-in-law, Lois Beaver and two brothers-in-law, Homer Ferguson and Gene Ferguson, all of Oskaloosa; and many nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilbur and Dennis Morrison.
Berneice attended Northern Iowa University and began teaching elementary school in Royal, and later in Storm Lake. Berneice was devoted to her family as a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker but decided to complete her degree and went back to school at Eastern Illinois University graduating with high honors and receiving her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education in 1969. Berneice never returned to the classroom, but did accept a position with H & R Block, and during tax season enjoyed assisting people with their income tax preparation. Berneice was a faithful and active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church for many years – as a Sunday School teacher and with the Methodist Women. She was a charter member of the Charleston Chapter KO of P.E.O.