Obituary: Marie Ruth Ferree


Marie Ruth Ferree Johnson, 85, died Feb. 28 in Brownsburg from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born Nov. 7, 1932, in Terre Haute to Hazel Tatlock Ferree and Warren Webb Ferree. She is survived by her children Christie Brown and her husband, Mike, Abbie Hilton, David Johnson and his wife, Maribel; grandchildren Jason Brown and his wife, Beth, Jennifer Hilton, Tyler Hilton and his wife, Elspeth, Brandy Silva and Amelia Johnson; and great-grandchildren Shawn and Dominic Brown. Marie was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Mary Ferree and Warren Ferree.

Marie was a 1949 graduate of Garfield High School in Terre Haute and a graduate of Butler University with degrees in education and library science. She earned a master’s degree in library science from Ball State University. Marie worked as an English teacher and librarian at Carmel High School; a librarian at Avon Public Library; assistant to the mayor of Noblesville; and in retirement worked at Jacobson’s Department Store.

She may be best remembered for her love of genealogy and her time spent researching her family tree. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and enjoyed participation in Toastmasters International.


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