We lost our dear, sweet, funny, happy Heather Ferguson on August 16, 2015. Everyone who ever met Heather liked her. She was a true gem of a human being. This is the obituary that her husband, Bill wrote. It captures Heather's personality nicely. Rest in Peace Dear Heather.
Heather F. Walton - 1945 ~ 2015 - Orient, ME and Wayside, NJ
Heather Ann (Ferguson) Walton, 70, of Orient, ME and Wayside, NJ, died suddenly on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at her residence in Maine.
She was born in Long Branch, NJ, the daughter of John & Jeanette (Knight) Ferguson. Heather lived in Asbury Park and Wayside, NJ until she and her husband moved to the willy wags of northeastern Maine in 2006. They continued to maintain a winter residence in Wayside, NJ.
She was a graduate of the Bradley School and Asbury Park High School, had attended Eastern Baptist College in St. Davids, PA and was a graduate of the St. Francis School of Nursing in Trenton, NJ. She had worked as a registered nurse for short periods at the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ and in a private doctor's office before joining the classified advertising staff at the Asbury Park Press for six years until 1993. With her husband, oldest daughter and son-in-law, she owned and operated the Million Dollar View Restaurant in Weston, ME between 1997 and 1999.
In New Jersey, Heather was an honorary member of the Ariel Club in Interlaken; had been a Girl Scout Leader in Ocean Township; was active with The Center in Asbury Park and was a member of the Asbury Park Garden Club. In 2011 she took up painting with acrylics and became an accomplished landscape artist.
Heather was known to many as Heddie ... and sometimes, in jest, Hester. Her grandsons both called her Dee (short for Heddie), that's how she got her e-mail screen name. When Ben was a youngster just learning to speak he called himself Fee (short for Feenut ... he couldn't say "Peanut" ... which is what his mother called him) so Heather became and has remained these twenty or so years, Fee's Dee.
She was a gourmet cook, a Facebook enthusiast, a Gordon Setter lover, an expert telephone communicator, a playful Grandmother, committed friend and listener to many. Although she was not an outdoors-woman, she enjoyed travelling and motor-homing in our Winnebage before we purchased our property in Maine.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, William P. Walton III; a son; John David (& Rachel Mizrahi) Walton of Neptune, NJ; two daughters; Jill Blair (& Buck) Plummer of Brookton, ME and Cynthia Lynn (& Chris) Vellinga of Brick, NJ; two grandsons: Ben and Sam Plummer of Brookton, ME; two granddaughters Tori and Lexi Walton of Neptune, NJ; a brother R. Bruce (& Linda) Ferguson of Neptune, NJ and several nieces and nephews.