Mrs. Shirley Anne Limer Ferry, passed away Saturday, February 26, in Fort Wayne, Indiana following a short illness. She passed peacefully, surrounded by loving family members.
Shirley was born in Lewis County, W.Va. on September 8, 1935, to Harry and Hilda Limer. She attended Weston High School, where she was active in student government and cheerleading. At Weston High, she met the love of her life, Tom Ferry. They married on February 18, 1952, and celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary this year with family and friends on that date. Their lifelong adventure took them to live in Charleston, W.Va., Clarion, Pa., Atlanta, Ga., New Orleans, La., Chicago, Ill., and they finally returned to their beloved West Virginia hills settling in Salem. Throughout the years they traveled extensively.
After returning to West Virginia, Shirley was active in local political campaigns and the Clarksburg Women’s Club, the GFWC West Virginia Junior Women’s Alumni and the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women. Professionally, Mrs. Ferry served as the North Central West Virginia Area Director of the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association where she was proud to have raised substantial funds in support of the organizations before retiring.
Her children, grandchildren and great grandson were her pride and joy. She loved family and friends, playing bridge, all things W.Va. especially WVU sporting events, Notre Dame football and traveling. She was loyal, sociable and often described as a “character” by those who loved her. Rooms were filled with laughter wherever she went.
Shirley is survived by her beloved husband, Tom Ferry, her children Deborah Hamilton-Lynne of Austin, Texas; Tom Ferry and his wife Bonnie of Ponca, Nebraska; Jill Case and her husband John of Fort Wayne, Indiana; grandchildren Elizabeth Hamilton, James W. Hamilton, III, Thomas Matthew Hamilton, Alison Anne Case, Carolyn Case and her husband Alex Sprague; great grandson Woody Hamilton; sisters Dolores Woofter and Onalea Hyre and several nieces and nephews.
A family service was held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on February 28. A memorial service will be scheduled in Clarksburg, W.Va. at a later date. Donations may be made in the name of Shirley Ferry to the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association or charity of your choice.
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