ARLINGTON -- Alta Perez, 52, passed away in Arlington on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, after a sudden illness. Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington. Interment: Emerald Hills Memorial Park, 500 W. Sublett Road, Kennedale. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials: Donations may be made to the Red Cross, an organization that provided comfort and assistance to residents of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Alta, affectionately known as "Shrimp," was a native of New Orleans where she met her future husband, Matthew Perez, while working at the Saenger Theatre. Later, she was employed at the State University of New York at Buffalo, N.Y. She moved to Arlington with her family in 2001, where she was working for Jordan Health Services at the time of her death. Alta was an incredibly fun, beautiful and intelligent woman, and was loved and appreciated by many for her warmth, kindness and generosity. Alta was preceded in death by her father, Cornelius Ferguson Jr. Survivors: She is survived by her loving husband, Matthew; dear daughter, Tiffany Ferguson; son, Dorian Ferguson; mother, Virginia Ferguson; sisters, Beverly Walker (Myron) and Florence Ferguson-Videau; brothers, Terrence Scott (Myria) and Vernon Ferguson; in-laws, Norah and Louis Perez; brothers-in-law, Patrick and Jon Perez (Valerie); and many nieces and nephews, including good buddy, Vernon Ferguson II. Wade Family Funeral Home Arlington, 817-274-9233

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  1. We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Alta Lorenza Perez beloved wife of our nephew Matt. While distance, unfortunately, kept us from getting to know Alta as well as we would have liked, we were well aware of her many fine qualities and how loved and highly-regarded she was by so many in her wide circle of friends, associates and relatives. To Matt, to her children, to all who felt the warmth of her smile, we send our sincere condolences.
    Brian and Joan McFarlane

  2. Matt & Family: Your mom is a dear friend of mine who mentioned Alta often and with such great affection that I almost felt I knew her. My husband, Al, and I want to extend our prayerful condolences and hope that your precious memories will give you some warmth and solace in these painful, difficult days.

  3. Matthew,

    Though I never met Alta, I see her warmth and goodness in her photograph. She was a luminous spirit.

    When Norah called I found it hard to speak; the mind looses its footing and finds no railing for support when receiving such bewildering news. I know that I cannot imagine how these days must be for you all.

    So, I’m sending my love in the hope that it might help, and I’m here if you need me.

    But my best guess is that Alta’s optimism flows in all of you; a powerful wellspring that will nourish you through the present, and which you’ll carry into the future, nourishing others in her memory.

    Love,

    Cousin Matthew

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