Carol J. Ferguson

August 19, 1936 ~ June 21, 2021
Carol J. Ferguson passed away peacefully in her home in Camas June 21, 2021, at the age of 84. She had been fighting cancer for over four years. She was born in Camas at a midwife birthing center on Evergreen Highway Aug. 19, 1936. Carol had deep roots in the Camas/Washougal area, with ties to the Chevron, Wright, VanVleet and Durgan families.
She was the daughter of Vernon and Delia Clark (Poser) Chevron. She has a brother, Dick Chevron, who resides at the coast, whom she loved very much. Sadly, she lost her sister, Barbara (Bobbi) in 2014.
Vernon’s grandparents arrived in Washougal in the 1880’s, where they took up a homestead in Bear Prairie. They had 13 children; six of whom were born in Bear Prairie. Carol spent the first 16 years of her life at Parker’s Landing in the old VanVleet home, which burned down in the 1970’s. Her grandparents, Lou and Nina (Wright) Chevron had a dairy business called, “Chevron and Sons.” She loved the farm and her life at the Landing.
She married Leonard Ferguson in 1953. Although they were divorced 18 years later, they remained companions and good friends through the years. They had five children in seven years: Sharol, Gregory, Danny, Randall and Shelli. Carol was a loving, supportive mother and appreciated all the love and support she received from her children. She said her children were her lifeblood.
Carol worked at various places over the years: the Camas Inn, the Parker House, Ideal Corner, Crown Zellerbach, memorial hospital, Ted’s Bar and Anna Lou’s (renowned for her homemade soups and meatloaf Mondays). She then became a cake decorator for Safeway and retired at age 65. But she soon realized retirement wasn‘t for her and started volunteering at the Inter-Faith Treasure House in Washougal. She worked there for 17 years, becoming an employee the last five or six years. She retired from the Treasure House in July, 2020, a month before her 84th birthday.
During the 60’s, Carol was actively involved with the Beta Junior Women’s Club. And for the past 20 years or so, she has been a volunteer with the Camas Senior Center, most recently as secretary and was involved in the planning of many senior bus trips throughout Oregon and Washington. Carol loved the outdoors; camping, fishing, gardening … and she especially loved cooking. It was her hobby and her passion. Anyone planning a trip on the senior bus knew they could count on Carol’s cookies to be on board.
Her memorial will be held at the LaCamas Lake Lodge in Camas, Monday, July 26, from 2 to 4. The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the medical professionals with the Kaiser Permanente Hospice Program for all their knowledge, support and compassion.