Helen Trusty Ferguson, 96, died Sunday, 7 December 2014, at the Protestant Home in Evansville, Indiana.
She was born on 26 August 1918 in Spurgeon, Indiana, to John Ajax Nixon and Artie Mecie (Barrett) Nixon, who preceded her in death as did both of her husbands, Howard Clay Trusty (d. 1994) and Gerald Ferguson (d. 1998).
Helen was proud to be the last survivor of her generation, particularly amongst her cousins and her seven brothers and sisters: Ransom Aaron Nixon, Mary Alta Nixon Parker, John Trevor Nixon, James Darrell Nixon, Martha Olive Nixon Evans, Artie Inza Nixon Mason, and Charles Alden Nixon.
Helen was a proud and devoted mother to Judith Houchins (Alford) of Monticello, Georgia, and Danny Howard Trusty (Jeanette) of Evansville. Her survivors also include five granddaughters: Tracy Norton of Milledgeville, Georgia; Shelley Enright (Robert) of Ocala, Florida; Jennifer Masters (Tony) of Ashland, Virginia; Aimee Stelogeannis (Alex) of Ocala, Florida; and Emma Trusty Campbell (Nate) of Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition, Helen leaves 17 great-grandchildren.
Helen was a long-time resident of Oakland City and Princeton, Indiana, as well as Clearwater, Florida. In the 1950s and early 1960s, Helen worked as a proofreader at the Princeton Daily Clarion. In 1961 and 1962 she worked as a cook on a deep-sea fishing boat out of Clearwater, Florida, cooking for clients and crew; during that time she indulged her love of fishing. Later, Helen worked as a waitress at Chicken Treat in Largo, Florida. Throughout her life, she enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening and fresh-water fishing, especially for bluegill and bass. For ten years preceding her move to Evansville in 2008, Helen worshipped at the Full Gospel Church in Oakland City.
Services will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday December 11, 2014 at Lamb-Basham Memorial Chapel, with burial in Spurgeon Cemetery. Rev. Henry Nelson officiating.
Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M until services on Thursday at the chapel.