Maria E. Ferris, 80, Vero Beach

Maria E. Ferris, 80, died April 2, 2011, at the VNA/Hospice House, Vero Beach.

She was born in Birkenfeld, Germany.

She moved to the United States in 1956 and lived in Vero Beach since 1966.

Prior to retirement, she worked for the Indian River County School System in the lunch room at Citrus Elementary.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Wilbur A. Ferris of Vero Beach; daughters, Marion Wright, of Gurley, Ala., Barbara Rice, of Vero Beach and Patty Kapp, of Jackson, Miss.; son, Andrew Ferris, of Vero Beach; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. April 4 at Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home, Vero Beach.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. April 5 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort Pierce.

Arrangements are by Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

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