Paula Webber

June 9, 1953 - May 22, 2020
Paula Webber

Paula Kay Ferguson-Webber, age 66, of Lisbon, passed away at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman, on Friday, May 22, 2020, from a sudden illness and resulting complications due to a long standing autoimmune disorder.

Born in East Liverpool, Ohio on June 9, 1953, Paula was the daughter of the late Harold E. and Mary L. (Prince) Ferguson.

She was a graduate of Beaver Local High School in 1971, which is where she met and eventually married her loving high school sweetheart, Charles N. Webber, on June 4, 1971.

Paula taught as an English teacher for 26 years at Edison Local School District in Jefferson County, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 1991. She chose to take an early retirement in order to spend and enjoy more time with her family and especially her grandchildren which were her passion in life.

She was a member of Madison Trinity Church, in West Point. Paula loved the Lord with all of her heart. One of her greatest passions in serving the lord was “Operation Christmas Child”, for her it was an all year event.

Paula was a widely respected rock and pillar within her family and community. The love that emulated from within her touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. She enjoyed spending time with family any way she could; by hosting family gatherings, camping, attending every event, and giving endlessly of herself.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children; Michele Thompson of Washingtonville, OH. Michael Webber and his wife, Marti, of Creston, OH; as well as her four grandchildren: Isaac Thompson, Rachel Thompson, Madylin Webber, and Ryan Webber. Two brothers; H. Rodney ( Laurie) Ferguson of Rittman, OH. and William (Peggy) Ferguson of Calcutta. Three sisters: Janet (Frank) Ferguson Lyons of Manhattan, KS, Linda (Larry) Ensinger of Bowling Green, OH.,and Mary Ferguson (Mike Colvin) of Luray, KS.

In compliance with Ohio State regulations and concern with the Covid 19 virus a private celebration of Paula’s life will be held at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Frye officiating.  Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery in Wellsville. The public is encouraged to send condolences to www.martinmacleanaltmeyer.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to ‘Operation Christmas Child’, care of the Madison Trinity Church, 13480 State Route 45, Lisbon, OH  44432


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  • May 24, 2020
    Arlene Rice-Obertance says:
    I am so sad for the loss of Paula. She was a mighty prayer warrior, a good teacher, a wonderful wife/Mother/grandmother, a positive influence, a wonderful friend to so many -- she will be greatly missed. I will miss your wonderful, positive spirit, our messages/talks and our fun on the bike trail. Fly high my beautiful friend! Love ya

  • May 25, 2020
    Jill French says:
    I am so sorry to hear of Paula's passing..I dealt with her at the bank many years ago. Prayers for her family. She always had a beautiful smile on her face... .

  • May 25, 2020
    Jeremy Miller says:
    My heart breaks from hearing of the passing of Mrs. Webber. I of course knew her through passing the halls into her Language Arts classroom back in the mid 1990s at Springfield Jr. High. Many students are lucky to have been inspired by a teacher once in their lifetime. Our class was fortunate to have her twice in our lives (EHS class of 1997); after undergoing another school district consolidation. She truly embraced the good spirit and nature in that classroom. I have such fond memories of her class from PWERPF to the infamous crapper spelling/vocabulary tests on Fridays and all of the wonderful stories we read in between. Mrs. Webber dedicated herself to educating students in the craft of writing and language arts and literacy. I owe such a debt of gratitude to such a remarkable woman. I remember she jokingly once said that her husband, Chuck, suggested the easiest way to grade a writing assignment was to throw the papers down the steps...the one the landed closest to her would be the A paper—why? (Because it held the most ink therefore rendering it the best paper) She added such wit, and a kind, gentle nature to everyone she interacted with. Later in life we reconnected on social media. I truly was reminded and saw the remarkable family oriented, kind spirit she was to her family and church community. I always looked forward to hearing from her via a message or comment etc. I will treasure having that opportunity to stay in contact with her. I will end this with a quote from one of the stories we read in Jr. High. in her class: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls “It’s strange indeed how memories can lie dormant in a man’s mind for so many years. Yet those memories can be awakened and brought forth fresh and new, just by something you’ve seen, or something you’ve heard, or the sight of an old familiar face.” May your memory be held eternal Mrs. Webber. I know I will always remember you.

  • May 25, 2020
    Bob & Georgette Black says:
    Paula was truly a blessing to all those she came into contact with. Georgette and I so enjoyed our time with Chuck and Paula at Madison Trinity, square dancing and all the zucchini loaves we made from their garden. Our prayers are with you.

  • May 25, 2020
    Brent Ferguson says:
    My Aunt Paula was indeed a ROCK. She faithfully remembered family members on their birthday and anniversaries, with a card that contained a message of faith in God's promises of hope and love for all God's children. That's right -- a hand-written card, mailed through the USPS, in the tradition of her mother (my grandmother)!! She taught by example that hard work for herself and her family is not inconsistent with compassion and service...that industry and responsibility were not the end-all, but merely a crucial prerequisite for the real work of service to the Lord -- inclusion and warmth to all. Her faith and politics were utterly consistent, in a way that is not always in fashion, but was such a great witness to Christ's love: like Philippians ch2, she looked not to herself, but to the service of others -- the least of these, the "outcasts & widows/orphans," of our times: immigrants, despised, disabled, the poor, downtrodden. God bless you, Aunt Paula -- may your spirit depart in everlasting peace!