ADA - E. Ruth Ferguson, 87, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at 4:11 p.m., at Lima Memorial Health System. She was born Feb. 28, 1925, in Ada, to the late Nate J. and Ilo Mae (Wollam) Stober. She married John E. Ferguson on Dec. 2, 1945 and he died on Feb. 8, 1995.
Ruth was a co-owner of Ferguson Insurance Agency of Ada, founded in 1956. She had first worked at Ada Liberty Bank and the Ada Elevator. She and John were also farmers.
Ruth was a member of the Bethel Church of Christ, Ada, and a 1943 graduate of Ada High School. She was a member of the Liberty Grange #2526 for over 60 years and a member of the Ada American Legion Auxiliary Post # 185. She was a correspondent for the Ada Herald for several years, having taken over for her mother Ilo.
Survivors include one son, Joseph Edward (Linda) Ferguson, of Ada; one daughter-in-law, M. Lisa Ferguson, of Ada; three grandchildren, Adam (Kristen) Ferguson, Jamie (Chad) Hazelton, and Laura Ferguson; eight great-grandchildren, Brice Ferguson, Riley Ferguson, Wyatt Ferguson, Hope Hazelton, Shelby Hazelton, Jillian Hazelton, Tucker Hazelton, and Cash Hazelton; and one sister-in-law, Jean (Krofft) Stober, of Holgate, Ohio. Also surviving are four nephews and two nieces.
Ruth was preceded in death by one son, Frederick S. Ferguson, on Aug. 2, 2005; two brothers, Earl Stober, and Ralph Stober; on sister-in-law Virginia (Ferguson) Stackhouse; one brother-in-law, Collins Stackhouse, and one niece.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with Pastor Harrison Underwood and Pastor Brandon Mayden officiating. Burial will follow in McElroy Cemetery, Ada. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, and until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. A Grange Memorial Service will begin at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.