Leone Annetta Ferguson
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Leone Annetta Ferguson
  • December 3, 1915 - December 31, 2017
  • Pilot Hill, California

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Leone "Annetta" Ferguson was born December 3, 1915 in Helena, Montana. At the age of 5 her family moved to Salem, Oregon, where she went to Primary and High School. She married Delmar Louis Dunn in 1934. They had 4 children, Beverly Haffner, Carl Dunn, Kenneth Dunn and Alvin Dunn, who provided her with 15 grandchildren, 24 Great Grandchildren and 29 Great, Great Grandchildren and more are on the way.
During the Second World War Annetta lived and worked in Lacombe, Oregon on a 183 acre Blackcap berry farm. Delmar was off hauling obscure and secret equipment during part of the war, so Annetta was the sole parent of 4 children during this time. When Delmar was no longer occupied by the war they moved up and down the west coast from Seattle to Los Angeles and back, as work was available for him.
While living in Los Angeles, Annetta welcomed into her home children of Service Families while their fathers were on R X R. At one point she had 23 children in her home. During this time Annetta and Delmar welcomed a 13 year old boy, Ralph Hasson, permanently into their home and family and he became a loved oldest brother.
Annettas family of 5 children were the light of her life, and each and every grandchild was a great joy to her.
Annetta worked in various hospitals as a nurse's assistant and finally, after Delmar died, she moved to Sacramento and went to Sacramento State College to get her nursing degree. During her time there she met and married Owen Ferguson, an engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad. They had an adventurous life, traveling together around the United States with their trailer. They also traveled by train all over, including parts of Europe. Annetta and Owen loved to cruise and saw the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Hawaii and Alaska more than once.
Annetta was very involved in community organizations which included Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, G.I.A. and the Women's Improvement Club. She held many offices, (including President) in all of these.
She had a natural affinity for animals. She was always rescuing birds, raccoons, geese, coyotes, a tortoise and humming birds. Humming birds would literally drink from her hand. She loved gardening and the great outdoors.
This Mother gave us much fun and joy!