MOUNT VERNON — Annabelle (Cranmer) Ferguson passed away peacefully April 12, 2019. Annabelle was born March 15, 1931, in Mount Vernon to James and Emma (O’Danial) Cranmer. Growing up Annabelle loved to arrange the furniture in her doll house.

She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1949. During high school she was co-editor of the class year book. She was on the National Honor Society Roll and attended Buckeye Girls State. Annabelle was a member of the Future Teachers of America and Senior Choir.

Annabelle graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Education (Elementary). During her college years she worked at the Mount Vernon Public Library in the summer and Ohio University Library during the school year. Following graduation Annabelle was hired by the Elyria, Ohio, Board of Education to teach (First Grade!). The following year she took a job teaching in Mount Vernon where she taught for several years. During that time she received her Professional Teaching Certificate.

In the fall of 1954, Annabelle was out raking leaves when a young Bill Ferguson stopped on his bicycle. Bill was returning to Ohio State University after spending a couple years in the U.S. Army. They originally met in second grade (1938) at the old third ward school in Mount Vernon. In the winter of 1958, Bill gave Annabelle an engagement ring for her birthday. Annabelle continued teaching in Mount Vernon while waiting for Bill to graduate and get a job!

Annabelle and Bill were married at the Gay Street Methodist Church on August 9, 1958. They set up their first home in Bayonne, New Jersey, where Bill worked at International Nickel Company. In the early married days Annabelle would occasionally travel along with Bill on business trips. Their son David was born in 1961. The couple moved back to Mount Vernon in 1961 when Bill took a job with the Cooper Bessemer foundry. In 1964 the couple bought their first home at 4 Rose Avenue, Mount Vernon Ohio. Annabelle put that furniture arranging skill she honed as child to use arranging furniture in their house. Shortly after moving their daughter Sue was born.

After the Mount Vernon Cooper foundry closed Annabelle and Bill moved to North Olmsted when Bill took a job with the Iron Castings Society. Annabelle did the house hunting while Bill was busy working. Annabelle put that skill of arranging furniture to use again when moving to their new home on Carsten Lane. This was a large subdivision where every fourth or fifth house looked the same. To make their house distinct from all the others Annabelle put colorful glass jars in the bay window. This made it easy for Sue to figure out which house was hers on the way home from school.

In 1978, Annabelle and Bill moved to Mount Vernon when Bill took a job with Cooper Energy Services. Annabelle once again put her furniture arranging skills to work in their home on Nelson Drive. She always had an idea of how her home should look.

Annabelle was preceded in death by her son, David, and a sister, Jane Cranmer Lutt. She is survived by her husband, Bill, her daughter, Dr. Sue Ann Ferguson (Doug Lewis) of Columbus, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. Rev. Karen Oehl will be officiating. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Mount Vernon Gay Street Methodist Church. The family would like to thank the staff and management of Brookdale Mount Vernon as well as hospice for the excellent care Annabelle received during her stay.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Annabelle Ferguson.


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