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Tributes as Annie Ferguson, from Cattal, dies at 106
Annie Ferguson holding her great-great-granddaughter Emily, watched by great-granddaughter Rachel, who is Emily’s mother, daughter Dorothy-Ann and granddaughter Sally
TRIBUTES have been paid to one of North Yorkshire’s oldest women, who has died at the age of 106.
Annie Ferguson was born Ann Brown on April 2, 1907, and lived in the station master’s house in Cattal for more than 60 years, after her late husband, Cyril, became station master in 1945.
In March this year Mrs Ferguson welcomed the fifth generation of her family, great-great-grandchildren Emily and Joey.
Her son-in-law, Don Kirby, said she would be remembered as a loving and independent woman. He said: “She was a real home maker from a very close family.
“She lived in the house at Cattal Station, opposite the Victoria Pub, alone after Cyril died about 30 years ago, and catered for herself all that time.
“Though she wasn’t good on her feet her mind was as bright as a button, she was very alert to what went off right to the end.”
Mrs Ferguson was entitled to a free rail pass through Cyril’s work, and her daughter Dorothy-Ann, now 80, said she made full use of it as often as she could.
She said: “She travelled a lot, right up until about 95, she’d pack a flask and take the railway pass and go to London or Edinburgh for a day. She was well known, everyone used to pop in and see her. It’s an interesting life she had there.
“She was a very family-oriented lady, and loved her family so much. The only thing she regretted was never knowing her mum, who died when she was seven, at the beginning of the First World War.”
Steven Balcombe, owner and landlord of The Victoria pub, opposite the station house, which still has a picture of Mr and Mrs Ferguson hanging on the wall, said: “She was a very, very pleasant lady. I have two young boys and she was always very kind to them, always had a packet of sweets for them.
“She was the quintessential grandma. We called her grandma, the kids and staff all called her grandma.
“We all had great affection for her and would take Sunday lunch for her and have a bit of a natter, and she loved that.”
Mrs Ferguson died on Saturday, peacefully in her sleep at the Springfield Garth care home in Boroughbridge, where she had moved in January.
Details of her funeral will be released once confirmed.
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