Barb and Kids 1966

Barbara Ferguson - A Good Mother

Barbara Elam Ferguson is an amazing woman and a wonderful mother. Mom married Allen Ferguson at the age of sixteen and had her first child, a daughter, at eighteen. She had her second daughter at age twenty and a son at age twenty-two. Shortly after having child number three, she became a widow. Daddy was killed in an auto accident and mom never remarried.

She worked so hard to raise three children alone. I remember helping her garden and can peaches, green beans, and corn. We ALWAYS had a hot meal on the table and plenty to eat. We never went to bed hungry.

Mom sat up at night sewing to make us nice clothes. My sister and I always had a pretty gown and nightcap to match. She also made beautiful doll clothes for our barbies at Christmas. We never had much but we never knew we were poor.

Mom also managed to pay 50 cents a week for my sister and I to take baton lessons where we shared a baton. She patiently sat in the stands on hot summer evenings watching our little brother kick dirt and catch bugs in the outfield at the baseball park.

Each school morning, long before we were able to get out of bed, Mom's cheery voice called out, "Rise and shine. It's another be good to mother day!"

As we grew into teenagers, mom had to be the mom and dad of the family. We were disciplined with love. We learned respect and independence. We learned honesty, kindness, and self-dicipline.

Mom is 71 years old now and we are all adults with grown children of our own. We have turned into very respectable adults who have worked hard to raise our own children. We owe our successes to our mother's work ethic. She worked two jobs during our school years in order to be able to give us extras like class rings and yearbooks. What a wonderful mother.

Today, she enjoys her retirement by volunteering her time to the Lunch Buddy Program at Metropolis Elementary School where she mentors impoverished children. She visits the nursing homes taking her friends fresh made breads, sauces, jelly, and even homemade ice cream. On occasion, you can spot her stopping by McDonald's to pick up two cups of coffee. One for her and one for a great-aunt that lives at a nursing home nearby. Mom sits patiently and recalls the good ole days with Aunt Katherine, age 85.

Mom's most recent joy is being Teacher's Assistant in the toddler's Sunday school class. She finds delight in their innocent views of the lesson being presented. The church family is a big part of Mom's daily living. She is involved in all of the activities with her church sisters.

Speaking of sisters, Mom has four sisters of her own and she is the oldest. She is the rock, the shoulder to lean on in times of crisis, the one to call. The one who always answers that call.

Mom is a wonderful person. She is the best mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, neighbor, friend and always a lady.

She is a rare and valuable jewel. She IS the hope diamond and deserves to be recognized as a beautiful shining gem.

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Rick says ... on Wednesday, May 5 at 12:13 PM

She has been a good friend to my mother too.

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Tonia Ramer says ... on Saturday, May 1 at 2:17 PM

AuntBarb...You are wonderful woman who can always bring a smile to my face. I love to hear you laugh and you do so often! Love and miss you!!

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Lucas Adams says ... on Saturday, May 1 at 9:50 AM

I love Nanny too!

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Levi Adams says ... on Saturday, May 1 at 9:49 AM

I love Nanny.

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Barry Adams says ... on Saturday, May 1 at 9:43 AM

Our Nanny is beauty & grace personified. Ever willing to sacrifice for family or friend, she is truly the embodiment of both the Christian & American spirit. We are proud & privileged to be yours - Happy Mother's Day.

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Rebecca Thompson-Ohio says ... on Friday, Apr 30 at 8:11 AM

Congratulations, Barb, from all of us Thompsons here in Ohio!

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Pam Ridge-Grant says ... on Friday, Apr 30 at 6:27 AM

Barb is one of a kind, a good friend, good listener, and if you need a hand she offers it they broke the mold after they made you Barb Happy Mothers' Day

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anitawoods says ... on Thursday, Apr 29 at 1:53 PM

My mom taught me how to love, laugh, and live on very little. I can still get 4 meals out of chicken. And, out of necessity, my mother and I learned carpentry, plumbing, and electrical skills. I learned how to "improvise" with a smile and a laugh.

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carmenadams says ... on Thursday, Apr 29 at 1:33 PM

My mom taught me how to love, laugh, and live on very little. I can still get 4 meals out of 1 chicken. And, out of necessity, my mother and I learned carpentry, plumbing and electrical skills. I learned how to "improvise" with a smile and a laugh.

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Amy Crawford says ... on Thursday, Apr 29 at 12:17 PM

Barbara is indeed a "rare" jewel. She is truly a blessing to everyone she meets, and she never meets a stranger. She is Proverbs 31 the "virtuous women". She never allows you to leave her home, without a meal, a plant start, or wisdom. Love you!

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Nancy Graham says ... on Thursday, Apr 29 at 10:20 AM

Barb has always been a very giving and caring friend to me. I know she loves her children and their families so much. Life has not always been easy for her but you would never know it because of her great outlook on life. Love ya Barb!

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Jeff Stone says ... on Thursday, Apr 29 at 10:00 AM

Barb is a genuine gem and a wonderful friend to me and my wife, Toni. She is always doing special things for us! In fact, several of the plants growing in our garden this year were given to us by her. We love you, Barb!

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Anita Thompson says ... on Thursday, Apr 29 at 9:31 AM

I met Barb about a year ago with my sister and cousin. She is a part of the Thompson family my sister is researching. She amazes me with everything she does, remembers about family, the love she has extended to us - she is truly a great lady.

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Vickie Summers says ... on Thursday, Apr 29 at 8:16 AM

As a young adult, I used to stop by and visit with Barb and talk for long periods of time. Even though there was an age gap we had lots to talk about. Now I spend nights with Barb when visiting mom. Thanks for caring about mom so much.

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June Rose says ... on Wednesday, Apr 28 at 2:30 PM

This a wonderful tribute to your mother

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Carrie Bullock says ... on Wednesday, Apr 28 at 12:52 PM

As the grand-daughter of this wonderful lady, I would like to add: she has always been there for me and I love and appreciate her.

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