Betty Jane Sullivan Ferguson
April 21, 1928 - July 7, 2017
Betty was born on April 21, 1928 in Chicago, IL to P.D. and Janie Sullivan. She was raised in Belem, Brazil, where her family served as missionaries. At the age of 17, she returned to the United States to attend college. She first attended school in Kentucky, where she struggled to adapt to an English speaking culture before attending school in Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. It was there that she received her degree in Elementary Education and met her future husband, Bill Ferguson. The two were married in 1948. Bill preceded her in death in 1994. She and Bill moved to Amarillo in 1960, where Betty received her Master's Degree in Library Science from West Texas State University. She worked as a librarian and teacher for Amarillo Independent School District for over 30 years.
Betty devoted her life to her family as well as her church. She and Bill joined First Baptist Church in 1963, where she served tirelessly alongside her husband. She played the piano at the church as well as assisting Bill in the church choir. Together, they went on many mission trips, moving to Belem, Brazil in 1980 to serve as missionaries for several years. They returned to Fort Worth, serving at Southwayside Baptist Church, before returning to Amarillo for retirement. Betty continued to faithfully serve at her church and in missions until she was no longer able. She will be missed by her family, friends and her church family.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Janna Massie and husband Danny of Canyon; son, Billy Ferguson and wife Valerie of Arlington; sister, Pat Weintraub and husband Rick of Arlington; 6 grandchildren, Carlee Howard and husband Dustin of Mansfield, Bradlee Massie and wife Valerie of Amarillo, Kellee Massie and wife Kaylie of Amarillo, Cortney Julius and husband Mark of Secor, IL, Derek Ferguson and wife Crystal of Dallas and Brett Ferguson of Arlington and 7 great grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Bill Ferguson.