September 5, 1950 ~ February 7, 2021

Born in: Atlanta, GA
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

Marilyn Shuptrine Ferguson, age 70, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, February 7th, 2021. Marilyn was born September 5, 1950 in Atlanta, to the late John Sylvester Shuptrine, III and Mary Goodyear Nix Shuptrine. Marilyn graduated from Druid Hills High School, Class of 1968. She married David Robert Ferguson on December 13, 1970 and they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Marilyn and Dave raised their children in Durham, NC, and moved to Lawrenceville in 1997.

Marilyn is survived by her loving husband, David Robert Ferguson, daughters and son-in-law Beth and Tony Scalzitti of Lawrenceville, and Michelle Ferguson and Jay Bowerman of Auburn; 5 grandchildren, Sophia, Isabella, and Tony Scalzitti, Chelsea Caddell and Emma Bowerman; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Whatley Ferguson; stepsisters Jennifer (Charles) Ammons and Margaret (Joseph) Jung; brother-in-law, Michael Steger; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Janet Steger, stepmother Margaret Shuptine, and stepmother Barbara Shuptrine.

Marilyn was an avid crafter, loved music, particularly country music and anything played by her husband’s band, Fair Oaks. She collected Coca Cola memorabilia and the “P-word” was not allowed at her house. She and Dave loved to travel, enjoyed attending Trivia Night with friends, and cheering on the Duke Blue Devils. Marilyn loved children, was a former preschool teacher, and doted on her 5 grandchildren, often taking them out for special outings and having them over for fun sleepover nights. She was very active with the Girl Scouts when her daughters were children, and still helped with cookie sales with her granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to:

American Heart Association

PO Box 840692 Dallas, TX 75284-0692 or online at


McMannen Methodist Church

4102 Neal Road, Durham NC 27705 or online at:

Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry

PO Box 1328, Lawrenceville GA 30046 or online at:


Visitation: February 20, 2021 2:00 pm - February 20, 2021 4:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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  1. My cousin Marilyn has always been a caring, calm person whose friendship was sought by many. She will be greatly missed by Dave, Beth and Michelle, their families, the cousins and Marilyn’s many friends.

  2. CandleImageMarilyn was a wonderful neighbor and friend! She will be greatly missed! Prayers for Dave, Beth, Michelle and the entire family during these difficult times. We love you.

  3. Marilyn was a special person. Joel and I have many wonderful memories of trips we went on together! Marilyn and I would go shopping while our husbands were attending conventions. One time while in Myrtle Beach we shopped for bathing suits and ending up liking and buying suits just alike! She was always a delight to be around and we are so glad God put her in our lives. Dave was the love of her life and her girls and grandchildren were the frosting of her life. Our love and prayers are extended to all her family and friends.

  4. CandleImageMarilyn was a precious and wonderful lady. She loved Dave and her family with all her heart. She was so welcoming when we became part of the Fountain Lakes family in 2005. My prayers go out for the Lord to comfort her family now. She will be missed.

  5. Marilyn was a very sweet lady who shared my love of grandchildren and family. Prayers for Dave for courage, strength and hope. I knew them from the bank in Dacula.

  6. Marilyn was such a sweet lady. I certainly have enjoyed listening to her over the years talk about the grandkids each time she came into our office. We will certainly miss taking take of that contagious smile. Our hearts go out to you, David.
    Veneta Pruitt, RDH
    Michelle Birdette, Office Mgr
    Dr. Jennifer McCoy & Staff

  7. Yes, Marilyn, was all the wonderful things other people have talked about – sweet, kind, loving . . . . but, to me, Marilyn’s most endearing trait was her loyalty, her loyalty to her family and friends. This old world could certainly benefit from more people like Marilyn.

  8. CandleImageMy friend and fellow coworker, Marilyn will be fondly remembered as CCC preschool’s “Miss Marilyn” who lovingly cared for and taught countless number of children as well as keeping the school’s craft supplies well stocked and organized. Her smile, laugh, quick wit and loving spirit will be greatly missed. Heartfelt condolences and to the family. Keeping you in my prayers.

  9. Marilyn and Dave lived across the street from us in North River Colony. She was always very kind to me and my two children. I am sad to hear of her passing and will keep her family in my thoughts.

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