Marian W. Ferebee

Sunrise: February 22, 1922

Sunset: May 1, 2024

The Life of Marian Williams Ferebee

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:10, 30-31

Deacon Marian Williams Ferebee entered quietly and peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. A native of Holland (now Suffolk), Virginia, she was born on February 22, 1922. She was the third child of the late Garrett and Iola Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin J.T. Ferebee, Sr.; brother, James G. Williams; sisters, Mary E. Williams, and Iola A. Williams; and son-in-law, Rev. Dr. Freddie Levi Wiggins.

Deacon Ferebee was educated in the public schools of Nansemond County (now Suffolk), Virginia. She was a 1940 graduate of Nansemond County Training School.

After graduation, she moved to Norfolk, Virginia and was employed with Berson’s Department Store. She was introduced to the love of her life, Alvin J.T. Ferebee, by his sister, Vivian. They were joined in holy matrimony on September 1, 1946. They were married for 48 years until Alvin passed in 1995.

Deacon Ferebee accepted Christ at an early age and joined Laurel Hill United Church of Christ. She remained an active member through early adulthood until she relocated to Norfolk. She joined Union United Church of Christ and remained a faithful member for over 80 years. She was a member of the Board of Deacons and Usher Board No. 2.

Deacon Ferebee was a participant in the program at the former Brambleton Senior Center sponsored by Norfolk State University. She met many new friends and enjoyed the weekly activities. She participated in field trips and other outings planned for their enjoyment.

Deacon Ferebee had a quiet demeanor with a giving spirit. She believed in the power of prayer. Her words of wisdom and encouragement meant so much to her family. She was loving, kind, and considerate and valued family relationships. 

Her sense of recall was phenomenal. She was an avid reader and kept up with current events.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Alvin J.T. Ferebee, Jr. (Edna) and one daughter, Patricia F. Wiggins; two granddaughters, Jeneshia Ferebee and Nikki Harris; great granddaughters, Jaliyah, and Michaiah; one brother, Ralph Williams; nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends.

We are grateful for the life and legacy of our loved one. The memories that she made will be cherished and kept in our hearts.

Viewing Monday, May 13, 2024 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 West Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Tuesday, May 14, 2024 11:00am Union United Church of Christ 877 Goff Street Norfolk, VA 23504 Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Kenneth Tyron Knight says

    Sorry to hear about your lost MS. Patricia I used to come and see you at the bank around Sewells point I’ll be working during those times your mom and dad were good people that taught me something good and I looked up to even tho I have no family u know me as Tyron me and Theo use to sit in the back well again sorry for your loss and please let Union United Church of Christ members know that I asked about them

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      Celeste says

      My heartfelt condolences to My BFF and family.
      Ma Ferebee; as I affeectionly called her was very dear to me. May you all find comfort in knowing that she’s peacefully resting in Our Lord & Savior’s Arms.
      Much Love & Peace to you all❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾

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    Patricia Hughes Brown says

    Pat, I’m praying for you and your family. Love and you and hopefully I’ll see you soon.

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    W. Marcus Scriven, Esq. says

    To the Family of Mrs. Marian W. Ferebee,

    Please accept my most sincere condolences on the transitioning of Ms. Ferebee to her Heavenly Home. Ms. Ferebee was like a second mother to me after I met her several years ago, with her loving and caring personality. I enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate her birthdays and holidays, including her 100th birthday, 101st birthday, and 102nd birthday this year. Thank you, family members Al, Patricia, Edna, Jeneshia, Jaliyah, Nikki, and Michaiah for sharing the wonderful legacy of love of your Matriarch, Ms. Ferebee with me at the many family gatherings that I was invited to attend. Those memories will always be cherished by me.
    Your surrogate Brother and Uncle,
    Wayne Marcus

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