Yoshiko Ferguson

Yoshiko Ferguson

1931 - 2019
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Yoshiko Ferguson of Havre de Grace, MD passed away on December 21, 2019. She was 88 years old
Yoshiko was born in Kobe, Japan and is the beloved mother of Naomi Diggin (Jack), Alma Sherwood (David), the late Dr. Thomas Jordan (Christine Hatem), the late Ryland Richard Jordan, Jr. and the late John Jay Jordan. She was the grandmother of Kimberly Hill, Craig Thompson, Eddie Bergalowski, III, Kelly Bergalowski, Aaron Jordan, Arianna Jordan, great-grandmother of five and great-great grandmother of one. She was predeceased by her first husband, Ryland Jordan, and her second husband, Clarence Ferguson.

Yoshiko met and married Ryland Jordan when he was a U.S. soldier stationed in occupied Japan. She came to America from Kobe, Japan, after World War II with little English or knowledge of the United States, yet in a few years, proudly passed the citizenship test. She worked two jobs most of her life in the kitchen at health care facilities, where she was sometimes called “the Juice Lady”. She always put family first and pushed her children to work hard at school and to be frugal. In Japan she had learned math using the abacus, and she was able to do calculations in her head faster than her children could do them with a calculator. She loved caring for her pet dogs, making friends with the neighborhood cats, feeding seagulls, and growing flowers.
She loved her church Stepney Faith Center and her church family. She had gift for growing beautiful flowers and loved nature. She loved all animals but especially her dogs.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, December 26, 2019 from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., 123 S. Washington Street, Havre de Grace, MD. Where a funeral service will be held at 11 A.M.
Interment will be at Angel Hill Cemetery in Havre de Grace, MD.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Zellman Funeral Home, P.A.
    123 South Washington Street
    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD 21078
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 11:00am
    Zellman Funeral Home, P.A.
    123 South Washington Street
    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD 21078
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Angel Hill Cemetery
    Ohio Street and Ontario Street Ext
    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD 21078
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Bobbie Seacrist

Posted at 11:21am
Alma and family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was always such a sweet lady. You are in my thoughts today.

Bobbie Seacrist (nee:Albert)

Stephen Hatem

Posted at 02:22pm
We are so sorry for your loss. What a mother and grandmother who always had a warm smile to brighten your day.

Stephen, Amy and Sarah Hatem

Posted at 01:28pm
Our warmest condolences,
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Posted at 01:00pm
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time.

Earle & Belinda Richardson

David Jaffe

Posted at 06:44am
I knew your mom mainly through Tom, Naomi and Alma. She was a sweet and gracious woman wherever I encountered her. I’m very sorry for your loss. Please accept deep sympathies on behalf of myself and Brenda.
David Jaffe

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