In loving memory of Barbara Jane Mathis-Ferguson
Funeral Services are to be held
on Monday, July 12, 2021
at Bueler Chandler Mortuary,
14 West Hulet Drive, Chandler, AZ 85225
Her body will be returned to Centralia, IL were she will be laid to rest
on July, 14, 2021
in Hill Crest Cemetery and Funeral Home at 2500 Old 51 Road, Centralia, IL.
Born: July 15, 1938, Centralia, IL
Died: July 4, 2021, peacefully and of natural causes at home at the age of 83, in Tempe, Arizona.
Barbara lived a long and full life filled with the love of Christ, family, and more kind-hearted and generous friends then can be imagined. She is survived by her three sons (wives): Charles E. Mathis (Rose), Jack W. Mathis (Laura) and Dusty L. Mathis (Geraldine), as well her eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Barbara was a loving and hard-working daughter, wife, and mother. Despite numerous hardships for her family at an early age, requiring her to sacrificing her high school education, she persevered. She started working young and provided full-time care for her disabled father and mother. When hardships again plagued her, now a mother of three young boys and bereft of familial assistance, she again rose to the challenge. She returned to the workforce, taking employment opportunities as they came, and with the assistance of her faith, the best of friends, and hard work, she kept a roof over her family‘s head and food on the table.
Her strong work ethic – 30 years on the manufacturing floor – and her determination to complete her GED at age 50, was an inspiration for her children and her grandchildren.
All the while, her faith served as the cornerstone of her life. She participating in hundreds of church-community based programs, to help those in need, as a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Centralia, Illinois and later with the Chandler First Church of the Nazarene in Arizona. She enjoyed teaching and participating in bible study groups and treasured the opportunity to join her fellow parishioners in fund-raisers, bake sales, and crafting for donation. In 2014, at 76 years if age, she was recognized by the Chandler First Church of the Nazarene for “distinguished service” for “two years hard work and dedication crocheting” over 200 mats for the Homeless Outreach Mission Project.
She was preceded in death by husbands Jack Mathis (m. 31 years) and Marvin Ferguson (m. 6 years).