Olive Ferguson, 92, of Portage la Prairie, passed away at the Portage General Hospital on Saturday, July 28, 2018.
Olive Mae Perkes was born on March 15, 1926 at Helston, MB, the only child born to Ethel & Ted Perkes.
Olive was predeceased by her parents Ethel & Ted; husband Kenneth in 2002; grandson Derek in 2012; daughter in law Shelly Ferguson in 2016; son in law Rudy Maxwell; cousin Vivian (Don) Collins.
She is survived by her children Ted Ferguson, Cheryl Ferguson of Portage la Prairie, and Fern (John) Rankin of Nanaimo, BC; granddaughter Kaley (David) Doty; great grandchildren Sharlin, Montana and Preston Doty of Portage la Prairie; cousins Lloyd (Lorraine) Lobb, Jeanette (Barry) Donnelly and many other nieces and nephews.
Mom married Kenneth Ferguson in November of 1957. They farmed in the Bear Creek area until the fall of 1989.
Olive & Ken attended the Knox United Church in Bear Creek. Mom also worked in the women’s groups, 4-H Beef Club, community Hall and curling rink in Helston.
As all farm women of that generation, she grew a huge garden. Olive would prepare meals (even breakfast after milking a herd of our cows) including homemade pies and butter tarts, for neighbours, family and friends.
After selling the family farm and retiring, Mom and Dad enjoyed travelling – a highlight being a month in Hawaii. Mom loved the short drives to Helston in the country, and for five years we watched the seeding and harvesting while walking the cat. She loved golfing and gardening and she loved her flowers and yard.
Mom was an accomplished piano player and spent hours playing for Sharlin while they danced and sang. She loved musicals and ballet as well as theatre.
Mom and Dad took up residence twenty-two years ago in Portage la Prairie where she resided until her passing.
In accordance with Mom’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Graveside Service will take place at the Gladstone Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Portage General Hopital, Portage Family Resource Centre, Optical Giving Sight (glasses for third world countries) or charity of one's choice.
Olive’s family will forever be grateful for the exemplary care and compassion provided by Dr Omichinski, and all the doctors and medical staff at the Portage Hospital; and Dr. Pfeifer for her diligent and loving care of Mom.
Philippians 1:7 “…I have you in my heart…”