Ms. Marsha Kay Ferris, 73, formerly of Galesburg Illinois, died unexpectedly September 20, 2022, at the Sullivan County Hospital, Sullivan, Indiana.
She is survived by brothers James G Ferris of Brownsboro, Alabama and Daniel Robert (Lynn) Ferris of Lawrenceville Georgia, sister, Jeri Lynn (Ferris) Alsman of Sullivan Indiana, brother -in-law, Dr. Irvin Banta of Owens Cross Roads, Alabama; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and a great-great-nephew; along with many relatives and friends residing in Knox County Illinois and throughout the World. She was predeceased by her parents, Bob and Marcele (Holloway) Ferris and a sister Debra Dee (Ferris) Banta.
Marsha attended the Abingdon Illinois schools and graduated from Abingdon High School with the Class of 1967. She attended the Institute of Paralegal Training, Roosevelt U, Chicago and graduated in 1979. Marsha served in the Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group as a Trust and Fiduciary Specialist and other roles for 41 years. She started with First Galesburg National Bank in 1967 as a secretary in the Farm Management Department. In the late 1970s, Marsha became a Trust Officer and focused her attention on the administration of estates. She shifted her focus in 2002 to a relationship management role within Investment Management and Trust and directed her efforts in meeting the financial needs of a variety of clients. Marsha received the Silver Award for Trust Officers from the Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group and retired in 2009. She moved to Sullivan, Indiana in 2015 to reside with her sister, Jeri. Marsha was involved with the Altrusa Club and a Lay Leader of the Faith United Methodist Church of Galesburg and later attended Presbyterian Church in Galesburg. Marsha was a farmer’s daughter, raised on a farm north of Abingdon, off Rt 41. She inherited her father’s wit and his ability to never meet a stranger. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word on her lips. She brightened a room with her presence which she inherited from her mother.
Cremation was accorded. Graveside services will be conducted June 17, 2023, at Haynes Cemetery near DeLong Illinois, at 11:00 a.m. with Marsha’s brother-in-law, Dr. Irvin J. Banta officiating. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Abingdon Chapel is in charge of local arrangements. After services at Haynes Cemetery, the family will gather at The Kensington's Grand Ballroom, 311 E. Simmons St. in Galesburg, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to welcome friends and family and continue to celebrate Marsha’s Life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Sullivan County Public Library, 1005 Crowder Street, Sullivan Indiana 47882, or Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St, Galesburg, Illinois 61401, or the Altrusa International of Galesburg, ℅ Dawn Conolly, 656 North Prairie, Galesburg, Illinois 61401. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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