Carole (Snyder) Ferguson, class of 1961
(Above shown with husband, Don)
am happy you enjoyed the photos of my family. It is a wonderful
family. My older son, Erik, was just here for a few days. He
was representing his company at a local show in
and was able to spend a few days with us. He sells kayaks.
On Sat. Doug & his whole family will be here. He, Sara
& Gabe will be here for four days then they leave and the two little
girls will stay for about two weeks. They will leave and our two
older granddaughters will come for the last two weeks before school
starts. So, from now until the last of Aug. I will have some of
them here. It will be busy and wonderful.
is a story about my family and me. If I get too carried away,
feel free to edit.
led a wonderful life since graduating from HHS in 1961. I went to
college where I met my future husband. Don and I have been married
for forty-four years now. WOW! Before my marriage I was a
medical secretary and worked at
in the Cancer Research Dept for Dr. Min C. Li. That was a
wonderful experience and helped me to appreciate my many blessings.
I also had a very successful antique business for several years
and was secretary/bookkeeper at our golf club in
was in the Army (artillery corps) when we married. We have
and several places in the
was our favorite tour. Wonderful country - wonderful people.
While living in Ankara I became an American tour guide and was
able to visit most of the Middle East, including Israel and Egypt,
Russia, Greece and, of course, most of Turkey. I was able to go
rug buying with a Turkish friend who owned a rug shop in
. Ahmed took me to tiny villages where the mothers and children
wove the beautiful rugs and I was even able to try it myself.
Somewhere there's a tourist who bought a rug partially woven by a girl
, after the rest of the tour group returned to
, I stayed on at the home of our Israeli guide and saw things the
average tourist does not see. While I was there the first bus
bombing occurred in Tel Aviv and I witnessed the citizens change from
civilian to military in a few hours. I visited the
, stayed at a kibbutz and in the tent of some nomads. Nomads
pick-up trucks parked outside with the camels and TVís in the tents!
was beyond description. Probably my favorite place on earth!
Don chose to retire in FL over
where I wanted to go! In between the accompanied tours, Don served
. After retirement, Don worked as a CPA and was the financial
until he bought a bar! We had the bar for ten years.
all of this was going on, Don and I became the parents of two boys, Erik
(1966) and Doug (1968). They have been good sons and being
very different from each other they kept us from being bored.
is a free spirit - lives day to day, likes hands-on work, no schedule,
and wears sandals year-round. He was an Eagle Scout. If I
want something, he can make it for me. After a tour in the Army he
came home and was partners with Don in the bar until we sold it.
He lives in
) and has two daughters, Sarah (18) and Leah (16). He is married
to his second wife, Angie, who has a son, Zach (20). Erik worked
in food services until he could no longer stand having a "real
job" and went with his first love, kayaking. He works
for a kayak company as project manager. He also takes people out
on kayak trips. Everyone in his family has their own kayak.
His favorite thing is cave kayaking. He first experienced
this when in
. He and Angie and a group of equally crazy kayakers go out
every Jan. 1st!! Brrrr! Erik says his brother can have
Europe - he'll take
! He and Angie are also chef-quality cooks and do some catering.
Angie is in the food services business and works with school systems in
the northeastern states.
likes computers & organization, quit the Boy Scouts when they
started camping out regardless of the weather and wears
button-down shirts. He lives in
His wife, Sara, is a singer. She was trained in opera but
mostly does local musicals now & has a music studio. Doug
& Sara used to go to
every summer for several weeks for some opera masters' classes.
They love to travel and BC (before children) saw most of
. They became engaged in
. Doug went to college with a journalism major and used his
degree for, oh, about a year. He got into computers and has had
several good jobs over the years. He worked for Marsh &
McLennon. The corporation was in offices on 8
floors of the
, between floors 93 and 100. When the plane crashed into
the building during the 9/11 attacks, their offices composed the entire
impact zone, which was between floors 93 and 99. Doug was not there -
everyone who was, died. I think 398 employees died that day.
He stayed with them for about a year but then left. He now writes most
of the computer programs for Johnson & Johnson sales
representatives. He's very happy with this job since he works out
of his home and can be a "stay-at-home dad". Doug has
three children, Catherine (6), Sophia (3) and, finally our
grandson, Gabriel (9 mos).
and I are retired and live in The Villages, FL. It is an hour
NW of Orlando. I love to golf. I also have finally
started tap dancing! A friend and I started an animal rescue
group, Pet Lovers Rescue, about four years ago and are now one
of the best-known & successful groups in this part of Florida.
It is so very rewarding. We not only help the animals, but
we also have helped a lot of people with our pets. At times a
house full of cats and kittens can get to be a bit much, but, thank God,
Don is usually pretty cool with it. In fact, while writing
this I had to stop and run out because someone dropped off three 4-week
old kittens at a local store. Anyone want a kitten?? That
makes seven kittens and a cat besides my four cats. Don't wear
black if you visit me!
has been good. If any of you come this way, give me a call.
A lot of people from Hicksville live here - and I seem to meet new ones
all the time. A few of us from HHS '61 got together in March.
It was fun visiting and reminiscing. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd love to hear from my former classmates.