Evelyn Savannah Ferguson, retired seamstress

March 18, 2019

Evelyn Savannah Ferguson, 90, of Millsboro, formerly of Newark, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center at Christiana Hospital in Newark.

Evelyn was born in Greenville, S.C., Oct. 15, 1928, daughter of the late William Thomas Daniel II and the late Mary Sue (Hall) Daniel. During her teen years she worked making parachutes during the war. Later in life she had worked as a seamstress for JC Penny Custom Décor for over 20 years before her retirement.  

Mrs. Ferguson was a member of Long Neck United Methodist Church in Millsboro.  She was an avid reader, loved country music and enjoyed watching westerns. 

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Ferguson; two children (daughter) Johnny Lynn Ferguson and (son) William McKinley Ferguson; and her five siblings, Mary Louise Sloan, Willie mae Moore, Annie lou Helen Manley, William Thomas Daniel, III and John Franklin Daniel.  

Evelyn is survived by her six children, Joan Darlene Ferguson of Wiggins, MS, James Mattison Ferguson, Jr. (Judith)of Fort Bragg, CA, Faith Wadene Smith (Robert) of Millsboro, DE, Terry Hope Rivera (Jose) of Wheelwright, Ky., Steven Michael Ferguson of Newark and John William Ferguson (Maria) of Newark; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, March 21, at Long Neck United Methodist Church, 32051 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.  Interment will be at Henlopen Memorial Park in Milton. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Evelyn’s name to the American Cancer Society by visiting and Alzheimers Association by visiting by Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro.

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