"How do you say goodbye to someone who has been a legend in your midst? How do you ever do justice to their influence and good works?" the newspaper asked. "It’s going to be difficult. In many ways, Ferguson was the heart and soul of the New Era. Hundreds of journalists passed through our newsroom in the 54 years that she worked here. She influenced all of us. She made us better. She challenged us, made us laugh and made us think."
Ferguson's specialties were knowing the obscure facts and personal connections that a community newsroom needs to have at hand, feature stories with telling details, and,finally, obituaries that gave the proper sendoff. This, we hope, is part of hers. There have been, and still are, thousands of women like Mary D. Ferguson in community newspapers, and the work they do often goes unsung. So this sendoff of for them, too. May all of them get their own when it's time.