Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 2, 2013

Green Oaks mourning loss of administrator

Kathi Nailling
Athens Daily Review

Athens — Longtime nursing home administrator Lisa Ferguson, 50, died unexpectedly the day after Christmas, December 26.

Ferguson had served as administrator at Green Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Athens for two years. She also was administrator of South Place Nursing Center in Athens for more than 10 years.

“She treated everyone the same. She was wonderful to work for and she cared about everyone,” said Wanda Stevenson, activity director at Green Oaks.

Stevenson said she and Lisa were very close: “She called me Sissy and I called her my sister from another mother.”

It was important to Ferguson to be involved in the Athens community. She was a board member for Adult Protective Services, as well as an active member of the Athens Kiwanis Club.

“It was important to Lisa that our residents got out into the community. She didn’t want them to be stuck in the nursing home,” Stevenson said. “She was always looking in the paper for events to take our residents to.

“She was my mentor. Lisa encouraged me to become and activity director. I was a certified nurse’s aide when Lisa talked me into the job I now have.”

Ferguson was born in Athens and graduated from Athens High School in 1980. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Texas at Tyler. She received her Nursing Home Administrator license in 2000.