Ruth Audrey Hobbs Ferguson, age 96, died July 1, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Audrey was born June 25, 1922, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Frank and Rose (Gries) Hobbs. Following high school, she graduated from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing and became a registered nurse. Audrey served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, later working as a Red Cross nurse. Her career included work as a labor and delivery nurse, caring for students at the Baldwin-Wallace College Health Center and home health nursing in southern California. She married Charles R. Ferguson on June 18, 1947. Together, they raised three children in Berea, Ohio. Audrey was an avid reader and loved gardening, sewing, knitting, cooking and baking. She had a passion for animals, especially dogs, birds and wolves. She spent several years in Perris, Calif., and later moved to Fort Smith. There she became a longtime member of Christ the King Catholic Church and took pride in serving with the Altar Society. In Feb. 2017, Audrey returned to Ohio to be near family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles (d. 2001); and her brother, John Francis Hobbs (d. 2003).

She is survived by her three children, Charles "Chip" Ferguson and wife Lanya of New York City, JoAnn Ferguson Kale and husband Robert of Baltimore, Ohio, and John Ferguson and wife Katie O’Neill of Grand Cayman, British West Indies. Also surviving are her grandchildren, David Kale (Teresa) of Pasadena, Calif., and Megan Kale-Cheever (Jesse) of Baltimore; and two great-grandchildren.

A recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church in Fort Smith. The funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow the Mass in the church Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in support of Mount Carmel Foundation designated to Mount Carmel Hospice and Palliative Care, 6150 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213, or online at

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