PORT BYRON — Carol Ferguson entered her eternal rest beyond the pearly gates on April 7, 2019, after a yearlong struggle with cancer. She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her.
Carol (Ward) Ferguson, daughter of the late Alton E. Ward and Marion R. Predmore Ward, was born on April 3, 1943. She was greeted in life by three brothers, Richard, Edward and Robert Ward, and later in life by younger brother, David Ward. Carol graduated from Savannah High School in 1962 where she met her lifelong friend, Nancy Yoemans Poole. She married James W. Taylor, of Cato, N.Y. She had two children with James; a son, James D. Taylor and daughter, Nancy A. Taylor (Mamed).
Shortly after James W. Taylor’s unexpected death in 1965, Carol began working at Seneca Falls Hospital as a housekeeper. She then trained to become a certified nurse’s aide, which would become her lifetime career. Carol spent more than 30 years caring for others in need at Seneca Falls Hospital, followed by Mercy Rehab, and eventually Cayuga County Nursing Home before she retired. Her goal in life was ensuring the needs of others were met with love and compassion.
Carol found love again when she met and eventually married Earl G. Ferguson, of Port Byron. Carol loved to cook and bake. She enjoyed gardening, country music, and spending time with family and friends.
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Carol is survived by her husband of 21 years, Earl G. Ferguson, of Port Byron; a daughter, Nancy (Earl) Mamed, of Waterloo; brothers, Richard (Pat) Ward, of Cato, Robert D. Ward, of Waterloo, and David (Sue) Ward, of Waterloo; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Ward, of Clifton Springs; six grandchildren, Heather Taylor, of Rochester, Brian (Kristina) Taylor, of Texas, Nicole (Bill) McIntyre, of Waterloo, Courtney Burgess, of Waterloo, Ryan Burgess, of Seneca Falls, and Melissa (Anthony) Presher, of Seneca Falls. Carol was loved by her eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; cousins and close family friends.
In addition to her parents, Carol was predeceased by her husband, James W. Taylor; son, James D. Taylor; brother, Edward Ward; and sisters-in-law, Linda Ward and Mildred Ward.
Friends and family are invited to call from 3 to 5:45 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Audioun Funeral Home LLC, 218 Main St., Port Byron. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Pine Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Port Byron Fire Department, Elbridge Rod and Gun Club, American Diabetes Association, or the American Cancer Society in Carol’s name.