By Eric A Thomas
After an almost 40-year career in the banking industry, Mary Fergurson retired from CNB Bank & Trust on January 26.
Upon graduating from Vassar College with a bachelor’s degree in Latin and a minor in Greek and ancient art history, she spent a few years as a newspaper editor and photographer. “My banking career began at Elliott State Bank on July 16, 1984,” Fergurson said. “I began working in marketing for a couple of years before moving into the trust/asset management part of the business.”
Elliott State Bank underwent several mergers in the late 1990s/early 2000s before becoming part of U.S. Bank. Fergurson began working as a vice president/trust officer at Jacksonville Savings Bank (JSB) in March 2007. JSB merged with CNB Bank & Trust in February 2019.
Most of her banking career was spent in trust/asset management. She started out in community banking then spent significant time in a super-regional banking model. In 2007, she switched back to community banking and retired as a vice president.
Asset management requires knowledge in a number of different areas: investments management, account administration, income tax, estate planning and other aspects of financial planning, as well as being compliant with state and federal laws and regulations.
Born and raised on a farm northwest of Jacksonville, Fergurson returned after college on the east coast.
“I returned because I found during the time at Vassar that I was a Midwesterner through and through,” Fergurson added. “My work here helped me become and stay active in the life of the community and engage in civic, charitable and cultural organizations and activities that contributed to its vibrancy.”
One of the highlights of her service in the Jacksonville community was when she chaired the Jacksonville School District 117 vision committee and the successful Morgan County 1-cent sales tax campaign. This has enabled renovations of the District’s middle school and four elementary schools to date.
CNB Bank hosted a retirement reception on January 24 in the atrium at the Jacksonville location.
“Mary has been an active and well-respected banker in the Jacksonville community for almost 40 years,” said Jodee Nell, CNB Market President in Jacksonville. “She has been a valuable asset who will be missed by the bank and her customers. We wish Mary a happy and healthy retirement and hope she enjoys some well-deserved travels.”
Upon retirement, Fergurson is looking forward to engaging in projects and activities that she has put on the back burner for years.
“I’m looking forward to exploring places of interest both close to home, near my children’s current homes and even farther afield,” she concluded. “Whether I start a second career as a detectorist/treasure hunter or in chicken husbandry is still unsettled!”
Mary Fergurson and her husband Gene, an educator, administrator and educational consultant who has recently retired as well, have three adult children who live in Jacksonville, Indianapolis and Kansas City. Besides helping raise a family, one of Mary Fergurson’s longest and most rewarding activities has been as an oboist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 1981.