NEW BERLIN - Leila Ferguson Marquit, 73, of New Berlin, passed away on July 23, 2017, in Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, surrounded by her loving family.
Leila was born on June 19, 1944, in Cooperstown, the daughter of Burt and Faye (Gavette) Ferguson.
Her childhood was spent in Davenport Center where her family owned and operated Ferguson Grocery Store.
She attended Charlotte Valley Central School until her senior year when her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she attended, and later graduated from Central High School.
On Oct. 7, 1962, Leila married D. Paul Marquit, the love of her life, in the Davenport Methodist Church, Davenport.
She was employed by the Stanford Bakery in 1962 and Victory Markets from 1963 until 1975, where she was the produce manager and the assistant manager of the Morris location. In 1975, Leila and Paul opened the New Berlin Marquit Supermarket where she worked day and night. In 1977, they opened the Morris Marquit Supermarket and a few years later they opened Easy Way in Richfield Springs. They also purchased and managed the New Berlin Recreation Lanes in the late 70's. Her last 15 years were spent working at the Unadilla Valley Central School tutoring children in need. Her passion was making a difference in these children's lives.
She was very proud throughout the years, that she was able to take classes at Morrisville State College's Norwich campus.
She also enjoyed architectural work, laying out plans for house additions and store projects. When not preparing at home for her students, she also enjoyed putting puzzles together and playing games on her iPad however, the thing Leila enjoyed most out of life was spending time with her family.
Her proudest achievements were her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.The family was blessed to be able to share a family vacation to Myrtle Beach in June.
Leila was very involved in the Town of New Berlin's bicentennial celebration. She was also involved with the New Berlin Youth Days, receiving the citizen of the year award in 1995 and the New Berlin Rotary, receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award. She was also an honored life member of the New Berlin Fire Department Auxiliary.
In addition to her husband, Paul, Leila is survived by her children, Michelle Persons of Charleston, South Carolina, Debbie and Joe Gould of New Berlin and Terri and Keith Cross of Surprise, Arizona; grandchildren, Jennifer Barker, Todd (Kristin Winn) Gould, Megan (Joseph) Stokes, Kristyn (Dave Christian) Gould, great-grandchildren, Kendall Leila, Jakob Robert, Harland Earlene Gould, Kameryn Lee Stokes and baby Christian, due in August. She is also survived by her honorary daughter, Terry Convis, who loved Leila like a daughter loves her mother. Her caring, loving support exemplified what family is all about.
The family finds comfort in knowing that their mom is in heaven with her dearest friend, Mary Becker.
Leila was also predeceased by her parents, Burt and Faye Ferguson and her brother, Gary Ferguson.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 29, at the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 30, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New Berlin, with Pastor Richard Anderson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to NBT Bank in New Berlin, in memory of Leila for a scholarship to be established in her name for seniors graduating from Unadilla Valley Central School.
Arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.dakinfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 26, 2017