Obituaries

Denzel’s life began May 10, 1927, in Eureka, Kan., the daughter of Roy Bryan and Edna Violet (Richardson) Boone. She was a direct descendant of Daniel Boone, being his fourth generation great-granddaughter. She grew up on a farm near Neal, Kan., attended grade school there and then graduated from Tonovay High School in 1945 as part of a five person, all girl graduating class. While at Tonovay she participated in basketball, a love that stayed with her over her entire life. Her friends and family know she was an avid KU basketball fan. Following graduation she met and married Billy Duane Ferguson of El Dorado on June 22, 1946, in Wichita. He preceded her in death in 2007 as did her parents and grandson, Joel Duane Grecian. Denzel passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at Lakepoint of El Dorado at the age of 89. Her loving family includes a daughter and her husband, Teryl and Jerry Grecian of Overland Park; a son and his wife, Duane Ferguson and Teri Baty of El Dorado; grandchildren Jeryl Grecian Berger and her husband Brandon of Arlington Heights, Ill.; Christopher Grecian and his wife Julie, of Bayport, Minn.; Casey Ferguson Studebaker and her husband Marc of El Dorado and Calen Ferguson and his wife Sarah of Augusta. Denzel is also survived by 10 greatgrandchildren. She was a homemaker who also worked outside of the home for many years in a variety of jobs. She enjoyed playing bridge with friends and later on in life playing on the internet. This allowed her to make friends worldwide and they knew her by her handle, “Jayhawker.” She also enjoyed spending time with her family and treasured visiting them whenever she was able. In January 1964 the Fergusons moved from Florence, Kan., to Lincoln. Bill sold cars for Myers Chevrolet and later managed the Lincoln office of Farmway Credit Union. Denzel worked at IGA, the furniture store, and the extension office. Their children, Teryl and Duane both graduated from Lincoln High School. Bill and Denzel lived in Lincoln until Bill’s retirement at which time they moved to El Dorado. A private family memorial graveside service will be held at Greenwood County Cemetery, Eureka, Kan. with Pastor Tom Boerma of Fairview Baptist Church officiating. Memorial contributions in Denzel’s name may be directed to the First United Methodist Church for orphanages. Please sign her online guidebook and leave a memory of Denzel at carlsonkirbymorris.com.