Gladys Rich Ferguson, a native of Caroline County, died Jan. 2, 2013. She was 91.
Ms. Ferguson, who was born to Charles Rich and Sallie Beasley Rich in an area now contained within Fort A.P. Hill, graduated from Union High School and married Nathaniel B. Ferguson in 1941.
After living in Stafford County from 1941-42, they moved to Spotsylvania County for 18 years and operated an 88-acre family farm and raised six children. They returned to Stafford County in 1964 and settled in Falmouth.
Over a span of more than 70 years, Ms. Ferguson was active in church and community activities, including the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Order of the Eastern Star, and the American Cancer Society. She devoted 40 years to Mount Lawn Cemetery in Woodford and for 35 years managed the School Dressing Days program of the Inter-Faith Council; the program helps provide back-to-school clothes for needy families in the Fredericksburg area, including Caroline.
She was pre-deceased by her husband, Nathaniel B. Ferguson; five sisters; three brothers; and a son-in-law.
Ms. Ferguson is survived by six children: Vashtye Ferguson, June R. Brown, Nathaniel B. Ferguson, Virginia Woolfolk, Carl Ferguson, and Pocahontas Wadkins. She also leaves eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces; and a host of caring friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 801 Sophia St., Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.