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Dorothy Ferguson, age 82, of Morse passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2023 at the Cypress Regional Hospital, Swift Current, SK.
The Graveside Service for Dorothy Ferguson was held on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 10:30 am from the Morse Cemetery, Morse, SK.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at the cemetery prior to the service.
Tribute from Johnathon Willis (Grandson):
Good morning, everyone, my name is Johnathon Willis, and I proudly stand here as the grandson of Dorothy Louise Ferguson. Before we begin, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for joining us here today to celebrate the remarkable life of my beloved grandmother.
Dorothy Louise Ferguson, born Saigon, arrived on March 24, 1941 in Herbert, SK. She was the cherished only child of Mitchel and Ether Saigon, and although she was born in Herbert, her roots remained firmly planted here in Morse throughout her life.
On January 3, 1959, grandma crossed paths with Cecil John (Bud) Ferguson and their beautiful journey together unfolded. Together they lovingly raised three children who each brought immeasurable joy to their lives:
- Neil Wesley Ferguson, born on June 16, 1959
- Ken Cecil Ferguson, born on January 28, 1962
- Missy Dawn Ferguson, born on June 26, 1965
Bud and Dorothy enjoyed many adventures together, and whether it was accompanying Bud to a hockey game or venturing out to rodeos, Grandma embraced every adventure with an open heart and a smile on her face. Even the smallest adventures to Swift Current as a family were enjoyed. Except for when it came to buying an Orange Carhartt Jacket, which is a story I am sure one of the kids will be able to fill everyone in on.
Grandma Dorothy possessed numerous admirable qualities, one being her knack for making sure her opinion was heard by everyone. I am sure that anyone who has joined or encountered our family, whether through marriage, friendship or some other means would attest that this is a quality that has been passed down through each generation. Grandma wasn’t always serious though, she had a great sense of humour and there are countless occasions that I can recall crying in laughter over one of her stories from her adventures, or from when my mom and uncles were growing up.
Grandma had many other attributes that made her truly special to everyone. One of her more remarkable attributes was her exceptional memory, for example she possessed a knack for remembering dates and events, Grandma was like a human calendar. When asked a question, she was always ready with an answer, whether it be about a baking recipe or how someone fit into the very intricate Morse family tree, and more importantly, who’s nickname belonged to who in that family tree.
Her knowledge and quick thinking were truly remarkable, but Grandma Dorothy’s brilliance extended well beyond her memory.
In her leisure time, Grandma enjoyed playing games and cards, she was always ready for a friendly competition. Specifically, a game of dice, and if you ask my father Cam, he will swear to you that she cheated, it wasn’t her fault that she was just better than him at rolling dice.
Cooking and baking for her family always brought Grandma immense joy, and her culinary skills were unrivaled. Baking was a passion of hers and was it ever a treat when Grandma would bring baking. In fact, I’m sure there will be a foot race back to her place this afternoon to raid the freezer of whatever baking she didn’t get the chance to deliver so that we may get the chance to have her baking one last time.
Grandma was blessed with numerous cherished friendships, and we would like to acknowledge a few of them today. Selma Gerl, a lifelong friend, and unwavering supporter held a special place in Dorothy’s heart. Pat Bakus, another close friend, who shared countless hours of laughter with my Grandma.Deloras Lendsall was yet another cherished companion, and together they created memories that will endure forever. Dorothy deeply valued the time spent with these beautiful souls, and their presence enriched her life in immeasurable ways. The family would like to thank all of you for being there for and with Dorothy when we couldn’t from whichever corner of the country that we found ourselves in at the time.
When it came to family, Grandma’s love and dedication knew no bounds. She was always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it was organizing bake sales, or working tirelessly in the kitchen at the skating rink. Family camping trips were a highlight, with her and Aunt Florence (known to most of us kids as simply, Aunty), taking charge of the food, always ensuring that each and every child was well-fed. Well, almost every time, except for the memorable occasion where the three kids were treated to fish with the scales still intact! Which must be why fish was banned in our house growing up.
As a grandmother, and later a great-grandmother, Dorothy’s love for us was unmatched. Her affection for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was evident in the ever-growing display of pictures on her china cabinet, a display she treasured. These snapshots captured precious moments and served as a testament to the profound joy we brought to her life, and she brought to ours.
A story that encapsulates the love and care Grandma bestowed upon us. The story goes that her first grandchild, Richelle, had been staying with her and Grandpa Bud, and Grandma had prepared one of her delicious fried chicken dinners. Exhausted from their day’s activities, Richelle dozed off at the supper table, still clutching a drumstick in her hand. It was a tender moment that highlighted Dorothy’s ability to create a warm and nurturing environment for her family.
In conclusion, we are gathered here today, not to mourn the loss of Grandma Dorothy, but to celebrate the incredible life she lived. Her enduring memory, culinary prowess, adventurous spirit, and unconditional love for family and friends will forever be etched in our hearts. May her legacy inspire us to cherish every moment, embrace new experiences, and shower our loved ones with the same boundless love that Dorothy so beautifully exemplified. Thank you.