Betty “Joan” Ferguson, 77, of Hamburg, formerly of Crossett, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Georgia.
She was born on January 20, 1944, to her parents, Claude and Dora Sheffield Fox, and was a member of Gardner Baptist Church of Hamburg.
Joan grew up in Crossett, along with her four siblings, and was a 1962 graduate of Hamburg High School. She later completed cosmetology school and eventually opened a salon, “Scissors Unique,” which she operated for nearly fifty years until she was forced to retire due to health reasons.
Joan was blessed with numerous God-given talents, including singing, playing the piano, and oil painting. She also enjoyed working in her flower gardens, spoiling her animals, fishing, and going on camping trips with her beloved, Bobby.
Joan had a natural ability to light up a room with her infectious laugh and fiery, free-spirited personality and was often the center of attention. She was outspoken but a good listener and counselor to her many long-time customer friends.
She was an incredibly hard worker and mother who sacrificed without hesitation for her children, a proud and loving grandmother, a caring and loyal sister, and a best friend, but most importantly, she was a child of God.
Along with her parents, Claude Fox and Dora Walden, she is preceded in death by her husband of twenty-seven years, Robert “Bobby” Ferguson, and one sister, Shirley Ainsworth.
She is survived by one son, Frank Carter of Crossett; two daughters, Cindy Vandiver and husband, Paul, of Woodbury, Georgia, and Deborah Carter of Austin, Texas; two stepdaughters, Kendrah Ferguson of Fort Smith and Kasey Ferguson of Hot Springs; two brothers, Robert Ernest Fox and wife, Betty, and Wayne Fox and wife, Mary, all of Crossett; and one sister, Jean Williams and husband, John, of Sheridan; seven grandchildren, Kara Kelley, Cody Carter, Greg Carter, Brianna and Ethan Evans, and Nicholas and Kourtney Rueffer; and four great-grandchildren, Greyson, Joseph, Aubrey, and Jaxon.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett, with Bro. Tony Williams officiating, followed by interment at Mt. Olive Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. prior to the service.