SPRINGFIELD – Shirley Anne Ferguson Greenwalt, 78, of Springfield passed from this life on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Memorial Medical Center in the presence of her family.
Shirley was born March 7, 1932, in Licking, MO, the daughter of Eubert Eugene and Jessie Nichols Ferguson. She married Clifford Lloyd Greenwalt on June 7, 1958, in the Church of Christ in Licking.
She is survived by her husband, Cliff, of nearly 52 years; a son, David Ferguson (Janna) Greenwalt of Chesterfield, MO; a daughter, Karla Anne (David) Ealey of Springfield; and five grandchildren, Meghan Lynn, Abigail Nicole and Colin Langford Greenwalt of Chesterfield and Elissa Anne and Erika Anne Ealey of Springfield; one brother, Fred (Catherine) Ferguson of Marysville, OH; one brother-in-law, Kenneth (Shirley) Greenwalt of Marion, IL; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
After graduating from high school in Licking, Shirley earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and a minor in English in 1954 from Drury College in Springfield, MO, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. She taught elementary and secondary music in the consolidated school system in Licking and later taught music and English in the Sturgeon, MO school system. In 1960, she received a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Following a move to northern Illinois in the early 1960s, she taught music in the North Lake School District and later that decade taught for three years in an accelerated fifth-grade team teaching program in West Frankfort, IL. After relocating to Springfield, IL, she spent the final seventeen years of her twenty-seven year career teaching second-grade students in the Ball-Chatham School District. She retired from teaching in 1987. She was always proud of her students and has enjoyed observing many of them excel in their careers.
In retirement, Shirley continued to serve as a very active leader and at-large member with many community organizations. She was chairperson of Memorial’s Festival of Trees in 2001, president of Friends of Memorial Medical Center in 1992-1993 and a member of the Memorial Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. She also served actively on numerous committees and projects for these organizations. Her active role in the community also included terms as president for the Mary Lawrence Circle of The King’s Daughters Organization, P.E.O. Chapter BF, The Book Review Club of Springfield, Women’s Golf League of Illini Country Club and W.I.S.E., a women’s investment club.
Shirley was a member of the West Side Christian Church and served as an elder’s wife and led other activities within the church. Most recently, she was honored to lead the Food Pantry of the TNT Bible Study Class. She was always ready to help with most any cause that helped others. Her love, faith and opinions were appreciated by those who loved and knew her.
Beyond her faith was her family. She was always willing to help, encourage, and yes, boast about all those she loved so dearly. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation or to the TNT Bible Study Class Food Pantry at West Side Christian Church.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010, from 4-7 p.m. at Staab Funeral Home at 1109 South Fifth Street. Family will also receive friends from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at West Side Christian Church at 2850 Cider Mill Lane. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Vaughn Beeman, retired senior minister of West Side Christian Church, officiating. Visitation will follow Sunday, April 18, 2010, from 5-7 p.m. at Fox Funeral Home in Licking, MO. Graveside services and burial will be held at the Licking Cemetery on Monday, April 19, 2010, at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Larry Tubbs, Minister, Church of Christ of Licking.
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