ORIENT AND WAYSIDE, NJ - Heather Ann (Ferguson) Walton, 70, of Orient and Wayside, NJ, died suddenly on August 16, 2015 at her residence in Maine.
She was born in Long Branch, NJ, the daughter of John & Jeanette (Knight) Ferguson. Heather lived in Asbury Park and Wayside, NJ until she and her husband moved to the willy wags of northeastern Maine in 2006. They also maintained a winter residence in Wayside, NJ.
Heather was a graduate of the Bradley School and Asbury Park High School, had attended Eastern Baptist College in St. Davids, PA and was a graduate of the St. Francis School of Nursing in Trenton, NJ. She had worked as a registered nurse for short periods at the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune and in a private doctor's office before joining the classified advertising staff at the Asbury Park Press for six years until 1993. With her husband, oldest daughter and son-in-law, she owned and operated the Million Dollar View Restaurant in Weston, ME between 1997 and 1999.
Heather was an honorary member of the Ariel Club in Monmouth County, NJ, had been a Girl Scout Leader in Ocean Township, NJ, was active with The Center in Asbury Park as well as a member of the Asbury Park Garden Club. In 2011 she took up painting with acrylics and was an accomplished landscape painter.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, William P. Walton III; a son: John David & Rachel (Mizrahi) Walton of Neptune, NJ; two daughters: Jill Blair & Buck Plummer of Brookton, ME and Cynthia Lynn & Chris Vellinga of Brick, NJ; two grandsons: Ben and Sam Plummer of Brookton, ME ; two granddaughters Tori and Lexi Walton of Neptune, NJ; a brother R. Bruce & Linda Ferguson of Neptune, NJ as well as several nieces and nephews.
An informal gathering to celebrate Heather's life will be held 2:00 - 5:00 pm, August 22 at Bowers Funeral Home, 10 Water Street in Houlton. All are welcomed to attend and friends will all be encouraged to share a fond remembrance. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Heather's name may be made to The CLIC Conservation Fund (the lake association), 28 Snowberry Lane, Orient, ME 04471-4320, The Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, 2 Grove Rd., Forest City, ME 04413 or to a charity of your choice. For online condolences and guestbook please visit www.bowersfuneral.com