Mildred Ferguson Chen92, Brethren Village resident

By on April 4, 2012

Mildred Ferguson Chen, 92, formerly of Carlisle, died in her sleep Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Brethren Village, where she had been a resident since October.

She was the daughter of the late Edward G. and Cora Shelly Ferguson. Her husband, Maj. James E. Chen, died in 1993, the same year in which they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Army life took them to several states, including Missouri, Alabama, Ohio, Illinois and Hawaii. They also served in Iran from 1954 to 1957. Millie was stateside while Jim served in Japan and Germany. Most of their lives were spent in Pennsylvania; Millie had grown up on a farm near Millerstown.

She was a fine seamstress, loved watching birds on her wooded property in Carlisle and enjoyed Bible stories. She surrounded herself with books.

Though the couple had no children of their own, they warmly welcomed Millie’s sister Mary’s children into their lives after her early death.

Millie is survived by the nieces and nephew she helped to raise: Connie Brown, of Lancaster; Richard C. Myers, of East Petersburg; and Catherine, wife of Martin Houser, of Onalaska, Texas; as well as great-nieces and great-nephew: Andrea and Scott Brown, Jennifer Myers and Christine Houser, all of whom regarded her as a grandmother. There are eight "great-grandchildren." She is also survived by a nephew: Larry, husband of Donna Ferguson, and a niece: Irene, wife of Orville Delbaugh, and their descendants.

She was preceded in death by sister: Mary Myers Rineer; brother: Henry Ferguson; and niece: Violet Wolfe.

A funeral was held from the Chapel of Brethren Village, Lancaster, March 31. Private interment was held at Turkey Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery in Juniata County.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Brethren Village Benevolent Fund at 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17606.

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