February 20, 2004 | JFK Assassination Expert
Dies, Mary Elizabeth McHughes Ferrell
FERRELL, MARY ELIZABETH McHUGHES, died peacefully at her home
in Dallas, Texas, on Friday evening, February 20, 2004 at age
81, surrounded by family and friends. Mary had struggled for years
with her typically dogged determination against a variety of health
problems, supported by her devoted and loving family and many
friends. However, she never lost her interest in the world and
the people around her. Her intelligence, wit and lively personality
will be remembered by the many people who knew and loved her.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee on October 26, 1922, she married Hubert
Afton "Buck" Ferrell on June 18, 1940. Together, they
had four children. Mary and Buck moved to Dallas with their family
in 1957 where she worked more than thirty years as a legal secretary
for a law firm and also in the Governor's office in Austin. Mary
was a woman of rare ability who is regarded internationally as
one of the most knowledgeable and respected historical researchers
of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In 1963, she was working
in downtown Dallas, when on November 22, John Kennedy was assassinated.
Mary began a lifelong inquiry that brought her into contact with
researchers, authors, law enforcement, the United States Congress,
and people from all over the world. She developed and continually
updated a database of the vast array of information which she
had accumulated, with her last entries made in December of 2003.
Mary also created a four-volume set of chronologies, covering
all aspects of the assassination with annotations in extraordinary
detail. Her archives, which gained worldwide attention, were donated
in 2001 to the Mary Ferrell Foundation base in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Carol Anne Burtchaell, two sons,
William Franklin Ferrell and James Lee Ferrell, one sister, Shirley
Ann Boldt, three grandchildren, Karen Sue Taylor, Mary Elizabeth
Lynch and Dawn Elizabeth Ferrell and five great-grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-eight years,
Hubert Afton Ferrell, her son, Lawrence Afton Ferrell, her grandson,
David Lawrence Haggard, her brother, John Breckenridge McHughes,
and a sister, Effie McHughes Campbell. Visitation will be held
on Tuesday, February 24 from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. with services in
the Chapel Wednesday, February 25 at 2:00 P.M. at Sparkman/Hillcrest
in Dallas, Texas. Memorial contributions may be made in Mary's
name to Sisters of the Poor Clares, 1310 Dellwood, Memphis, Tennessee
38127. Dignity Memorial Sparkman Hillcrest 7405 W. Northwest Hwy.
Dallas (214) 363-5401
Published in the Dallas Morning News on 2/23/2004.
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