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Priscilla Ruth (Ferguson) Blute died Tuesday, Jan.2, 2024 after living a happy and love-filled life. A woman who was dedicated to family and friends and her beloved town of Danvers, she was 94 when she died in Biddeford, Maine, surrounded by her children.
Born in Peabody, MA on Aug. 17, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Wendell and Leah Marguerite (Knapp) Ferguson. She was a life-long resident of Danvers until moving to Lebanon, Maine, to live with her daughter, Lynne Davis. Priscilla was a graduate of Danvers High School where she discovered a love for art and playing on the girls’ basketball team. She then attended and graduated from the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston and went on to work at both her alma mater and Boston area businesses. While at Danvers High, she met the love of her life, Lloyd A. Blute of Danversport, MA, whose love for playing football at DHS and dancing on Saturday nights captured her heart. Following his tour of duty with the US Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II and then graduating from the New England College of Pharmacy, the couple were married in 1951 and opened Lloyd’s Pharmacy in Danvers Square.
After a busy life of raising her children, Priscilla — who loved meeting and helping people, especially children — returned to the workforce as the bookkeeper for the Fox and Fern restaurant in Hamilton, and then the Danvers YMCA for 25 years. She was a dedicated volunteer with the Danvers Historical Society and the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The love of art and aesthetics Priscilla nurtured in high school followed her throughout her life. Her signature “Love 10’s” was a gift of the highest level of love one could send to someone when she signed a note or ended a call, and her mission to dress to the 9’s was with her until the day she moved to heaven. Her creativity in the garden was another expression of her respect for nature and the community she loved and shared with her family. Calligraphy was an art form she dedicated her skills to throughout her adult life. She not only hand lettered graduation certificates and congratulations for Danvers organizations, but she taught her skill to others at the Danvers Senior Center for years.
Priscilla was the beloved mother of three children who, with their spouses and children, survive her: Reid A. Blute (Patricia) of Grafton, MA; Lynne Davis of Lebanon, ME; and Todd A. Blute (Jennifer) of Danvers; grandchildren: Zachary Davis and Leah Davis of Lebanon, ME; Keegan A. Blute and Aislinn N. Blute, both of Boston, MA. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews, and Paul Anderson of Lebanon, ME, who was a beloved friend and her co-caregiver during her life in Maine. In addition to her parents and her late husband, Priscilla was predeceased by her two brothers, Charles E. Ferguson and Paul F. Ferguson, their spouses Lelia and Ruth, niece Paula LaChance, her niece Pam’s husband Joseph Kirby, and son-in-law Lance Davis.
Friends and family are welcome to join a celebration of her well-lived life on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Mackey Funeral Home, Route 114, 128 South Main St., Middleton, MA, starting at 10am for a visiting hour and then a Prayer Service. Burial will follow at the Annunciation Cemetery on Hobart Street in Danvers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts in her memory be made to the Danvers Historical Society, 11 Page St., Danvers, MA 01923.