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Cindy Ferguson

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Longtime Yellow Springs resident Cindy Ferguson passed away peacefully in her sleep at Friends Care Center on Sept. 3 from complications of cancer and one month following the death of her husband, Dirk.

Born Lucinda Ann Cotterman in 1948 in Middletown, Ohio, she grew up in Dayton and attended Colonel White High School and Wright State University.

In 1969, she married Michael Hitchcock, and together they had a daughter, Jessica. Her first marriage ended in divorce and, in 1987, she married Dirk Ferguson and, for many years, provided fastidious administrative and behind-the-scenes support to Dirk’s successful lawn care business.

Cindy worked for local chiropractic physician Mark Duckwall, then the Yellow Springs Federal Credit Union and, finally, Wesbanco, from which she retired in 2015.

Cindy is and will be remembered for her love and care for others throughout the community. Although generous of mind and spirit, and a believer that everyone deserved at least a second chance, she also didn’t shy away from calling people to account if warranted.

She was a voracious reader, perfectly content to immerse herself in a good book or 12. Cindy and Dirk’s ideal vacation was a trip to Cape Hatteras, where Dirk would spend his days quietly fishing in the surf, and she reading in the cabin or on the beach.

She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Hitchcock Bily; her sister, Becky Osborn-Coolidge; her nephews, Andrew Cotterman, Jr. (Eva), Bruce Cotterman (Hunter) and Matthew Osborn; her niece, Kathleen Osborn Augusta (Brian); and many loving friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dirk Ferguson; her brother, Andrew Cotterman Sr.; and parents, Fred Cotterman and Mary Ann Becker ­Cotterman.

A memorial tree will be planted in Cindy and Dirk’s memory in the spring.


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