|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1922|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 2000|
Alice Laurel Thayer, 77, York, died Thursday at Lincoln, Neb. She was a dormitory supervisor at York College
for 25 years, retiring in 1985.
She was born April 15, 1922, at Ruskin, to Ernest and Glada (Shafer) Ferguson.
On Jan. 5, 1941 she married Raymond Thayer.
She was a member of the East Hill Church of Christ, the
York College Helping Hands and Sonshiners.
Survivors include her husband, who is now residing at the Midwest Covenant Home in Stromsburg; three daughters, Mrs. Arthur Williams (Jacqueline), Gulfport, Miss.; JoLee
Thayer, Oakdale, N.Y.. and Mrs. Gary Vawter (RaJean), Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren; and five
great-grandchildren; sisters, Wilma Karraker, Denver; Ermalee Scroggin, Oak; Carolyn Heath, Loveland, Colo.; and Shirley Marley, Riverside, Calif.
Preceding her in death were her parents, and an infant son, and a brother Dale.
Services were Tuesday at the East Hill Church, of Christ with Bruce Goodwin officiating. Graveside services were at the Ruskin Cemetery Metz Mortuary of York was in charge of arrangements.
Source: Superior Express January 13, 2000
When we once asked mother what she would like said about herself,
she replied, "I was born on a Nebraska farm, the oldest of six children, married for 59 years, raised three children, was a dormitory supervisor at York College for 25 years and don't get mushy."
Hers was not an easy life but she would say she had been blessed.
She raised three daughters virtually alone, finding security in family and church. She nursed two children through rheumatoid arthritis and
epilepsy in an age when those illnesses were frightening. She honored her marriage vows even after daddy became mentally ill, taking joy from small exhibitions of devotion. When he called her a "Dizzy Dope," she knew he was feeling well and rejoiced.
We shared our mother with thousands of young people at York
College. She nursed students through heartache, grave illnesses and stood in for distant parents as their child lay dying.
Nicknamed Mama "T", many never knew her real name.
As a caregiver in the highest sense of the word, she caused us to learn responsibility. But she gave us an example of integrity, honesty and dignity. Her source of strength was her belief in and love for the Lord. That love and our mutual respect carried us through occasional
disagreements. Eventually, of course, we teased about who was the mother and who the child.
Mother's legacy to us was a a sense of independence and a love for adventure, family and God. She rarely spoke of her personal faith, but she lived it every hour of her life. We give honor and praise to God for our friend, role model and mother, Alice L. Thayer.
Ernest LeRoy Ferguson (1900 - 1989)
Glada Dale Shafer Ferguson (1902 - 1972)
Raymond Cleo Thayer (1919 - 2001)
Nijel R Thayer (1947 - 1947)*
Alice Laurel Ferguson Thayer (1922 - 2000)
David Dale Ferguson (1929 - 1963)*
Spring Creek Cemetery
Plot: Lot 38, Space 5
Created by: Marilyn Sanner Keim
Record added: Sep 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29994376
Been thinking of you lately - have wondered so many times about you and your girls! So many memories of fun times with your family. Jeanne Brink daughter of George and Betty Brink|
Added: Jul. 1, 2016
Marilyn Sanner Keim
Added: Apr. 21, 2013