Heritage, Volume 9, Number 3, Summer 1991 Page: 17
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Governor Ferguson performed during the early stages of her second
term was to pass the $20,000,000 relief package known as the
"bread bonds." These bonds were used to feed the hungry during
Miriam ran again in 1940 and was defeated by W. Lee O'Daniel.
O'Daniel was a master of the radio airwaves and immensely popular.
The Fergusons could not compete with O'Daniel.
Jim Ferguson died on September 21,1944 and left Miriam alone
in the quiet home on Windsor Road in Austin. Miriam retired to
private life after nearly three decades on the campaign trail. She
was honored on her eightieth birthday in 1955 at a reception in
Austin at the Driskill Hotel. Over three hundred people attended.
When asked by reporters that night what she thought of her life,
she replied, "It was all fun, every bit of it." Miriam lived on, tending
her flowers and enjoying her grandchildren. She died on June 25,
1961 at the age of eighty-six.
Miriam Amanda Ferguson was buried next to her husband at
the State Cemetery in Austin. The epitaph on her gravestone
Life's race well run,
Life's victory won,
Life's work well done,
Now cometh rest.
Carl R. McQueary is the executive director of the Bell County Museum in
Belton. He lives with his wife Laura Lee and son Kendall in an old farmhouse
in Salado. He designed and constructed the new exhibition entitled "Miriam A.
Ferguson, The life and legend of the first woman governor of Texas" currently
on view at the Bell County Museum.
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