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Linda Ferguson, 78, of Amesbury, passed away peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice Center, Danvers, after a brief battle with cancer.
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Stephen and Helen (Gall) Salay. Her early years were spent in Shaker Heights, Ohio where she was one of the youngest members of the class of 1955, having skipped a grade. She briefly attended Northwestern University before transferring to then Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Upon graduation with a degree in Chemistry, she worked as a microbiologist and medical researcher before leaving the field to become a wife and mother. After her divorce, she had been out of the scientific community long enough that her knowledge was obsolete. She returned to school at the University of Akron where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees studying accounting. She worked for the Akron Beacon Journal and then the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team as a Staff Accountant. She wrote her Master’s thesis which was later published: “Accounting for a Sports Franchise” from this experience. She earned her status as a Certified Public Accountant shortly thereafter. She met and Married the love of her life, Peter J. Ferguson while attending and working for the First Congregational Church in Hudson, OH. She and her family also lived in Naperville, Ill. and Newburyport. She continued to work as an accountant and auditor for various Newburyport firms and businesses before retiring from Turning Point, Inc.
Music was a passion of hers and she was a very talented alto. She sung and was a former board member of the Newburyport Choral Society. She also sang with the Berkshire Choral International. Sports were also an integral part of her life as an avid Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Northwestern University Wildcats and Chicago Blackhawks fan. She used to joke that you could put a jersey on anyone and she would watch them. She also enjoyed traveling the world with her daughter, knitting, creating cards, scrapbooking and spending time watching sports with her sons.
She is survived by her three children, Wendy Wicks, Amesbury, Douglas Wicks, Hampton, N.H. and Bruce Wicks, Cocoa Beach, Fla. She also leaves her cousins, Joanne Horan and June Kruis of Brook Park, Ohio and many other family members. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Ferguson and her parents, Helen and Stephen Salay.
Her family would like to thank Dr. Jonathon Eneman and the staff of the Anna Jaques Hospital Cancer Center for their compassionate care during her illness. They would also like to thank the Kaplan Family Hospice House for making such a difficult transition easier to handle. Her quick sense of humor, her strong and dependable presence will be missed by all that knew her.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Haverhill and Bradford. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to her favorite charities: Newburyport Choral Society, WGBH.org, Caredimensions.org or the charity of your choice. To share a memory or for more information, please visit www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published on  October 21, 2016
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