Nelda Ferguson, 81, of Chico, California, passed away on March 1, 2017.

Nelda was born in Wheeler, Texas on March 6, 1936 to MaryLee and Horace Wicker.  She grew up and attended schools in Live Oak, California.  Nelda graduated from Yuba College and Chico State University with a degree in Education.  Nelda taught at McKinley School in Gridley for thirty-five years.  After her retirement, Nelda moved from Gridley to Chico.  She enjoyed being with her friends and family.  Nelda loved to read and always had a book with her.  She loved to travel.  New Zealand was one of her favorite places.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Ferguson and parents.

She is survived by two daughters: Jennifer Ferguson, of Willows, California and Laura and son-in-law Rau Ratana; two grandsons: Drew and Thomas, of Durham, California; sister, Rosemary Gregory, of Madera, California; and two nieces, Cindy Whipple and Candace Gregory.

Services by the Neptune Society.  Memorial service will be at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to Butte Humane Society, 2580 Fair Street, Chico, California 95928 or to Butte Home Health and Hospice, 10 Constitution Drive, Chico, California 95973.