Mary Ann (Ferguson) Peterson died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on July 10, 2021. Mary’s battle with Alzheimer’s is over, and she is home and free with her loving Savior Jesus Christ. Funeral services are currently pending, and will be held this upcoming fall in Brookings, SD. Eidsness Funeral Home is assisting the Peterson family with arrangements.
Mary was born May 19, 1937, to Grace and Edward Ferguson in Heron Lake, Minnesota. She was one of six children. Mary loved the Lord and lived her life believing in Him. She was baptized a second time in 1970, renewing her faith in God. Mary attended Northern Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she met her husband, Grant. They were married on July 20th, 1958 and lived throughout Minnesota while Grant pursued his radio career. They settled in Brookings, South Dakota in 1963. They have 3 children Cindee (Charlie) Siver, Randy (Connie) Peterson, and Suzee (Craig) McMacken.
Mary loved to share her many creative talents which included sewing, cooking, and cake decorating. She worked for many years at Nielsen’s Flowers creating beautiful wedding bouquets and arrangements. Mary was also a prep cook at Kings Food Host prepping homemade pies, soups, and all their delicious foods including the popular Cheese Frenchies!
She enjoyed playing bridge, attending performances by Prairie Repertory Theater, and loved her Bible study ladies. Mary gardened and canned her family’s famous pizza sauce yearly and always made sure her family had plenty to enjoy! Her special love for Norwegian arts was shown through her skilled cooking of traditional food and the art of Rosemaling. She also groomed and showed dogs for many years. Mary was especially talented with a very difficult embroidery stitching called Hardanger. Her love and skill of Hardanger led her to teach a yearly class where people would attend from all over the world. After 25 years and many friendships later, Mary retired from 3M in 1998.
Mary loved buying and making things for her loved ones. She had a dedicated room where she kept gifts and treasures to surprise her friends and family during visits. Mary was always looking for that special something that would bring a smile to those she loved.
At Christmas, she had a tradition of buying a meaningful Christmas ornament for each person in her family. All of her children, grand and great-grandchildren fondly remember the annual Christmas day scavenger hunt, which always ended with fun gifts, treasures, and memories for all.
Mary greatly loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved attending any event she could, which included their concerts, plays, sports, and anything they thought was important. Jason (Elissa), Abbie, Hunter, Jared (Jenni), Emily, Ella, Erik, Breonn (Mike), Katee, (Bruce), Hudson, Eli, Allee, Mallee, (Ryan), Alivia, Sam, and Joey all knew how much Bama (Grandma) always loved each one of them.
Mary is survived by her husband Grant, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, Alvin (Dawn) Ferguson, and several nieces and nephews. Mary was especially close to her niece Twylla (Bob) Nelson, as they grew up and went to school together. Mary also loved spending time with Linda (Robert) Shockley, who she treated like a little sister. Twylla, Mary, and Linda were a trio to be seen!
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws (Sara and Earl), Siblings Elmer, Gene, Ruby, and John.
A very special thanks to AseraCare Hospice for their support and for helping us to bring Mary home for her final days. We are so grateful to each of you but especially Anne and Chasity who were there for each and every step along the way.