Helen K. Ferguson (nee Jeffery), age 88, a resident of Naperville, IL, formerly of Downers Grove, IL, died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility in Naperville. She was born May 21, 1923 in Duluth, MN. Beloved wife of James R. Ferguson Jr., whom she married November 10, 1943; loving mother of James R. (Eileen) Ferguson III of Crest Hill, IL, Jeffery (Debbie) Ferguson of Monument, CO, Andy (Lynn) Ferguson of Naperville and the late John W. Ferguson; adored grandmother of Kathleen (Stephen) Stroup and James IV (Nancy) Ferguson, Michael (Terrie), Emily and Eric Ferguson; cherished great-grandmother of Patrick and Olivia Stroup, Dalton, Graham and Cassidy Ferguson, Samantha and Bradley Ferguson; devoted daughter of the late Ransom and Lillian Jeffery, fond aunt of many. Helen moved to Downers Grove as a youth and was a 1941 graduate of Downers Grove Community High School. She went on to attend the University of Iowa, Iowa City and later settled back in Downers Grove to begin raising her family. Helen helped her husband, Jim, operate The Main Pharmacy in downtown Downers Grove for many years. She was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Downers Grove and was a current member of St. St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Naperville. Helen enjoyed cooking, gardening and was a member of The Weed Ladies. Visitation Sunday, April 15, 2:00-6:00 P.M. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 16, 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville, IL 60563, 630-355-8980, www.stapostle.org A luncheon reception will follow at the church immediately after the funeral mass. Future Inurnment: Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Brother James Court, 2508 Saint James Rd., Springfield, IL 62707, 217-544-4637, www.brotherjamescourt.com. For info. (630) 355-0213 or www.friedrich-jones.com
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Published in South DuPage Reporter/Progress on April 11, 2012