The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 22, 2013

Judith A. Ferguson

Star Beacon

CLOVIS, N.M. — On Saturday morning, Nov. 16, 2013, Judith Ann Ferguson lost her long battle with breast cancer at her home in Clovis.

She was the daughter of Donald C. and Martha A. (McMains) Curley, born April 18, 1946, in Clearfield, Pa. She was a 1964 graduate of Ashtabula High School, Ashtabula, Ohio and received an Associate of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, Programmer Analyst, from Eastern New Mexico University, Clovis.

She met her husband, Charles R. Ferguson, during high school where they dated for almost three years before marrying June 12, 1965 in Ashtabula. Charles was serving in the USAF when they were married. The couple first moved to Shaw AFB, S.C. before Charles was stationed at Howard AFB, Canal Zone. There, she gave birth to her first son, Charles II. Their next stop was Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y., where her second son William was born. Charles deployed to Thailand for the Vietnam War and Judith took care of the family for a brief time in Conneaut, Ohio. The family’s next move was to Wurtsmith AFB, Mich. with a follow-on assignment to Hahn AB, Germany. In 1981, the Fergusons moved to Cannon AFB, where Charles retired from the USAF in 1984 and the family settled down in Clovis. Judith worked as a Computer Systems Operations Specialist at Cannon for many years before retiring.

Judith (aka “PITA”) was a devoted wife to her husband, a loving mother to her children and grandchildren, a great friend to many and a beautiful person. She lived a humble life, enjoyed simple pleasures, was considered ‘mom’ by her children’s friends and was a genuinely happy person. Even with her own health problems, she often thought of others before herself. Judith always found time for the ones she loved. We will always remember the youthful twinkle in her eye, her contagious smile and always being there when we needed her. She will be deeply missed.

Judith is survived by her husband, Charles; her two sons, Charles II and wife Penny (Lord) of Tucson, Ariz. and William and his wife Andrée (Le Messurier) of Vandenberg AFB, Calif.; her two grandchildren, Samantha and Christopher; her mother, Martha Kos of Dubois, Pa.; and her three sisters, Robin Wright of Suisun City, Calif., Dawna Rayburn of Ransomville, N.Y. and Wendy J. Mainieri of Colchester, Vt.

A private memorial service at the Ferguson residence will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 27th at 1 p.m. Please contact a family member for details.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Judith’s name can be made to the Joe Arrington Cancer Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of STEED-TODD FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 800 E. Manana Blvd, Clovis, N.M. (575) 763-5541. You may also sign the online guest registry at and