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Mary Wright Ferguson

October 17, 2016

St. Marys—Mary Wright Ferguson died Monday, October 17, 2016 at the home of her granddaughters, Caroline and Louise Anna Awerkamp in St. Marys, Kansas.


She was born November 28, 1915 in Chattanooga, TN. The daughter of Robert Toombs Wright Jr., and Margaret Reid Peale Wright.


She married the late Norton Thayer Montague Jr. in 1937 and was widowed in 1974.  She was married to the late Robert Thrift Ferguson Jr from Charlotte, NC from 1981 until his death in 1988.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandsons, Dr. Charles Montague and Joseph Awerkamp, and by her brother, John Peale Wright.


She is survived by twin sons Dr. Norton Thayer(Cynthia) Montague, III, MD of Shoal Creek, Alabama and Dr. Robert Toombs Wright (Betsy) Montague, MD of Elder Mountain and daughter Mary Caroline (Robert) Awerkamp of Maple Hill, Kansas.


She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Margaret Montague, Robert (Kiran) Montague, Jr., Mary Frances (Jason) Stone, Thayer (Carrie) Montague, Georgia (Hans) Baldau, Caroline Awerkamp, Virginia (Philip) Madrid, Robert (Inger) Awerkamp, Louise Awerkamp, Marilyn (Aaron) Darakjy, Francis (Shannon) Awerkamp, and Mary Awerkamp, 48 greatgrandchildren and 4 great greatgrandchildren.


A Requiem Mass was held at Assumption Chapel in St. Marys.  Graveside service will be

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Forest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga

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20 thoughts on “Mary Wright Ferguson

  1. Peace to you Caroline, Louise and all the Grand, Great-grand and Great-great-grands and extended families of Mary. We just now learned of Mary’s passing.
    I am Bob Ferguson’s nephew (son of Kirk and Carolyn) and my wife Peg and I simply adored Mary and visited her in Charlotte and Chattanooga. She was purely a gracious, sweet, lovely ‘Southern lady’ with a wonderful warm smile, glowing eyes and loving heart; a wonderful example to all. We are blessed to have known her and sorry to have lost contact when she moved to Kansas. Peace be with you all.

  2. Dearest Mary,
    In my heart I am very close to you since we had been very good friends during my stay in Chattanooga, being a Close neighbour. You have taught me so many important things and Facts – thank you. And we had wonderful moments of happiness in the nature, at our homes and dinners outside. I miss you very much.
    My prayers to to you and come from Switzerland at the Lake of Constance and Zurich where you visited me.
    In Kind Memory,
    Sandra Model

  3. Please accept our sincerest condolences. What a grace to surround her with love, care, attention and especially prayers! All of you are in our prayers.

  4. With sincere sympathy we offer our prayers for Mary Fergerson and for the wonderful familp she leaves behind. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

  5. With sincere sympathy we offer our prayers for Mary Ferguson and for the the great family she leaves behind. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

  6. My family’s prayers are extended to all the family Mrs.Furguson left behind and ,of course,for her eternal repose. I had the pleasure to come to know her,in some wise ,over the past two years. She was such a classy woman, and her strong witt and spirit shown through even in her last years. The pleasure was certainly mine to engage with her in innocent fun banter and see her smile. May she rest in peace.

  7. My sincere condolences to the family. May your memories bring you comfort in the days and weeks ahead, and have faith in God’s promise of seeing your loved one again by means of the resurrection.(John 5:28,29). My deepest sympathy to you all.

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