Doris V. Ferguson


Doris V. (Ummel) Ferguson, 88, Elkhart, died Feb. 7.
She was born Dec. 13, 1930, in Elkhart County, to John and Ferne (Huffman) Ummel Jr.
She married Richard L. Ferguson Nov. 27, 1969.
Surviving are children, Cheryl Hartung, Goshen, Carol Linville, Nappanee, Sheila (Steve) Showers, Osceola, Rick (Robyn) Ferguson, Yale, Michigan, and Cori (Melinda) Ferguson, Troy, Illinois; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; sisters, Rebecca (Gordon) Lilly, Branson, Missouri, Elaine (Dale) Walterhouse, Bronson, Michigan, Nancy (Ron) Stump, Goshen, and Patsy (Elson) Fish, Lakeville; brother, Craig (Pat) Ummel, Nashville, Tennessee; and very special friend, the Rev. Don Carpenter.
Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband; two infant children; and twin siblings, John and Janet Ummel.
Doris was a 1948 graduate of Wakarusa High School. She graduated from Bethel College with a bachelor's degree in biblical literature and bachelor's degree in nursing, and of Augustana Nursing College (Chicago) with a nursing degree. She also held a registered nurse's license with the state of Indiana.
She lived for seven years in Jos, Nigeria, West Africa, where she worked caring for local villages and training doctors and nurses where she became fluent in the tribal language, Housa.
After returning to the U.S., she taught nursing at Ivy Tech for a number of years. She held many positions in nursing and administration at Elkhart General Hospital, worked as a state inspector for the Indiana State Department of Health for many years and was the director of the Plymouth Nursing Home. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, gardening and sewing.
A celebration of life will take place at Nappanee Missionary Church from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.
A funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Nappanee Missionary Church. Pastor Jason Rohde will officiate.
Burial will be at Olive (West) Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Hubbard Hill.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be extended at
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Published on February 8, 2019
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