Wednesday, May 6, 2009

People I Love

This is a picture of Susan, my very sweet sister-in-law and my husband (her brother) Jim. Sus and I have always enjoyed talking books, writing, authors. She used to read romance but switched to mysteries. She enjoyed reading Patricia Sprinkle. Once, years ago, Susan and I wrote a couple of books and short stories together. Nothing ever came of them but it was fun. I think we tried hard not to step on each other's 'creative toes' when it came to the rewriting and editing.

The other picture is Susan and her husband, Raymond. I can't imagine why he's in a cowboy hat. I've never seen him dress like a wrangler, but I love the pic. It reminds me of a romantic hero and heroine I might enjoy reading about. I think it shows how much they love each other. Look at her smile. See how he's gazing down at her? Usually when we go to Longview, we'll call Susan and Raymond to meet us at Bodacious Bar BQ for a quick meal before we get with the rest of the family. We're going to Longview this week but things will be different this visit. We're going in for Susan's funeral. We're in shock from her unexpected death. We're in denial because it just doesn't make sense. I can only imagine what trips home will be like from now on. Different. Empty. Forever sad. There will always be something sweet missing.

Thank God for my sweet sister-in-law, Susan Wingerd. I hope she knew how much I loved her.

Jesus said...

I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth in me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me
shall never die

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Amanda Susan Ferguson Wingerd

Amanda Susan Ferguson Wingerd went to be with her Lord and Savior on the 5th day of May, 2009, surrounded by her precious sons and loving husband. She was born in Longview, Texas, on October 21, 1954, to Travis and Flora Ferguson. She graduated from Longview High School in 1972 and attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches where she graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. On June 12, 1976, shortly after graduating from college, she married Raymond Earl Wingerd at the First Assembly of God Church in Longview. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Earl Wingerd, and their four sons and families, Zachary Daniel Wingerd wife, Lindsey, and grandson, Joshua Alexander Wingerd all of Jacksonville, Texas,Taylor Aaron Ferguson Wingerd of Longview, Pierce Caleb Wingerd of Longview, and Lincoln Joseph Wingerd of Longview. She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters and their families, Jim Ferguson wife, Jessica, and children, Brian and Chaney, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Thomas Ferguson wife, Cynthia, and children James, Sommer, Skye, and Storey, of Carrollton, Texas, Janet Traylor husband, Gary, and children, Matthew, Caroline, Lucas and Rebecca of Dallas, Texas, Carol Ferguson and son, Trey Wilson of Frisco, Texas, Samuel Ferguson wife, Lisa and children, Olivia and Levi of Longview. Susan also is survived by niece, Jennifer Lynn Ferguson, of East Mountain, Texas. Susan taught Economics, History, French I and II, Bible, and Geography at Grace Christian School, Maranatha Christian High School and most recently at Longview Christian School from 1990 through May, 2009, where she will be remembered as a teacher who loved her students and took an interest in their lives outside of the classroom. She was a member of Victory Assembly of God Church in Longview and been active in church ministries all her life.
Funeral services are to b e held at 10 a.m. today, May 9, 2009, at First Assembly of God Church, 2900 Fourth Street, in Longview with Pastor Curtis Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Rosewood Park. She was preceded in death by her mother, Flora Ferguson, and grandson, James Darcy Wingerd. She will be sorely missed by all.
A memorial guestbook may be signed at


Erica Vetsch said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Jess. I'll be lifting up your family in prayer.

Mindy Blanchard said...

Jess and family,

I'm sorry for your loss of sister Susan. my prayers and love is with you. hugs


christa said...

What a terrible loss for your family. Please know that I'm thinking of you and praying for you this weekend.

Sandra Robbins said...

How sad for your family, Jess. My prayers go with you and your family as you travel to Longview. Please tell Jim how sorry I am for this terrible loss.

Sandra Robbins

Marcia Gruver said...

A beautiful tribute. So sorry to hear this news, Jess. I know your heart is breaking. I'll be praying for all of you.

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

Prayers and sympathy are with you as you travel this difficult journey. The picture of the two of them does show a beautiful love and deep spiritual connection between the two. God bless.

Kimberly said...

Dear Jess,
May you be comforted in knowing that you will see your precious SIL again! What a reunion it will be.

I am so sorry for your loss.


Stargazer said...

Dear Jim & Jess & Chaney,

I'm ashamed that I haven't visited your blog since before your dear Sue's death. To finally get to visit during this early morning and find out...I am so very sorry for your loss. It's wonderful that she IS a Christian but the loss is still hard to cope with.

Love and prayers, Pat