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07/29/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Valerie Macpherson Ferguson

Valerie Macpherson Ferguson
(20 Mar 1930 - 24 July 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 194_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,    

   There is more sad news today.      Valerie Macpherson Ferguson, Class of 194_, passed away in Seabrook, Texas on Friday, July 24, 2009 at the age of 79. 

From the Daily Press - 07/29/09:  

           Valerie Macpherson Ferguson

    SEABROOK, TEXAS - Our beloved Valerie Macpherson Ferguson departed this life on Friday, July 24, 2009.

Valerie was born to Edward and Jessie Macpherson in Newport News, Va., on March 20, 1930. When she was 12 years old, she was honored to have christened the Navy's LST 399, in the Newport News Shipyard in memory of her father.

After graduating from Newport News High School and then from Longwood College, Valerie accepted a position with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Langley Field, where she met her future husband, Richard. When Richard was transferred to the Manned Spacecraft Center, which later became the Johnson Space Center, Valerie moved from her much-loved home state of Virginia to Texas, where she quickly became a proud Texan, as she established a loving home for her family, as well as an active life contributing to community and country.


Valerie was a member of the Bay Area Republican Women's Club, which selected her as Woman of the Year in 2004. She was also a member of the Bay Area Military Officers' Wives Club, the Purple Hat Club, as well as numerous other clubs, especially those associated with bridge. Valerie's greatest joy in life, however, was caring for her family. The love she gave to us will live on in our hearts forever.

Valerie is survived by Richard, her husband of 58 years; her children, Sharon, Richard Jr., and Edward; her grandson, Richard Ryan;, and her sister, Alexandra McPherson. Beside family members, Valerie will be missed by her many friends, whose lives she touched throughout her life.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Burial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Peninsula Memorial Park. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from 7/29/2009 to 7/30/2009.

July 27, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
~ Donna Taylor, League City, Texas

July 27, 2009

Ms. Ferguson was a very sweet lady who touched our lives even though we only knew her a short time. Our deepest condolences to the Ferguson family.

Rick, Sheila, Dean and Celine Barrett
~ Barrett Family, Houston, Texas

July 28, 2009

Valerie and I were friends at BAMOWC. I always admired her for her willingness to help with projects and her wonderful attitude. We will miss her.
Martha F. Owen
~ Martha Owen, Houston, Texas

July 29, 2009

Valerie was a patient at this office for many, many years and the one thing you always knew was how much she loved her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and children.

~ Dr. Chet, Deby, Kim, Rachael and Laury Beth




   Our deepest condolences are extended to Valerie's entire family and their friends at this time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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