July 1, 1952
In the summer of 1952, Boyd’s mother Martha died. The sad news came during milking time at the Couche Place and the loss was felt deeply, for Boyd had lost another parent, Cleo had lost another mother and the little children had lost the only grandmother they had ever known. Grandma Peterson, as she was called, had lived with or near the little Fergus family for most of the children’s lives. She even vacationed with them at the beach many times. She was a very hard worker, responsible, and dependable; the one stable part of Boyd’s childhood. The children particularly, remembered the times she would let her hair down and have fun with them wading in the surf at the beach. It was a sad adjustment for the whole family.