Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Ferris
Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Ferris, 81 (nee Johnson) of Cedarburg and formerly of Lexington, Mass. Born to eternal life June 2, 2006, age 81. Beloved wife of John Tomlinson Ferris for 55 years. Loving mother of Mary Elizabeth Litton (Lawrence) Gray of Boston, Mass., and John Bailey (Natalie Nelson) Ferris of Cedarburg. Dear sister of David Bailey (Rita Gingles) Johnson of Ozark, Mo. Beloved grandmother of James Robert Litton III and Valorie Palmer, Indianapolis; Erin Elizabeth and Kathleen Ann Ferris, Cedarburg. Further survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Harlo H. (Ann Favorite) Ferris, and Mary S. Ferris (Robert) Gilbert, several nieces, nephews and those who became part of her extended family in both heart and deed.
Betty was born in Chicago and raised in Ashland. She graduated from Northland College in 1947, and later received her MA from Lesley College (Cambridge, Mass.). Mrs. Ferris was a talented English and reading teacher of grade school through college-aged students. She was a skilled educator of exceptional children in Wisconsin, New York and Massachusetts schools. Mrs. Ferris retired as director of the Krebs School Foundation (now the Cotting School in Lexington, Mass.) in 1985. Betty was active in many community activities: Garden Club, PTA , League of Women Voters and a devoted, grace-filled church member in the congregations she belonged to over the years in Houston, Texas, Pittsford, N.Y., Lexington, Mass., and most recently in Grafton. She was the second woman to become an elder of the Pittsford Presbyterian Church, New York; she also served as deacon of the Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington, Mass. Her greatest enjoyment, however, came in spending time with her family and creating and sharing memorable moments. Her friends and family now grieve her passing but find happiness knowing her suffering is over and she is in the joy of God’s presence.
Visitation will be Monday, June 12, 2006, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 1621 2nd Ave., Grafton. The funeral service will immediately follow at the church. Interment Hancock Cemetery, Hancock. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Betty’s name may be sent to Northland College, 1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland, WI 54806 (www.northland.edu). Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.