Katherine "Kaye" Ferguson (1914 - 2017)

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Katherine "Kaye" Vera Duggan Ferguson, age 103, passed away at home on July 11, 2017.
Kaye was born in New York City on Jan. 29, 1914, the oldest of three daughters born to Peter Duggan and Ann O'Conner, first generation Irish immigrants. The Duggans hosted Irish dancing in their home on Saturday nights and Kaye developed a love for dance that continued throughout her life.
During the depression she dropped out of high school to help support her family but took classes by night. She was admitted to cadet nurses training at Bellevue Hospital in 1944. After graduating, Kaye took a job as a ship nurse in 1949, transporting displaced persons from Europe to the United States post World War II.
After a stint as a research nurse at N.Y.U., Kaye worked at the American Hospital in Berlin, Germany, from 1951 - 1952. Her job was to do physical exams on German brides of servicemen prior to their going to the U.S.A. She then moved to Paris, where she worked at the American Hospital from 1952-1954. She lived in the Montparnasse District and studied ballet in her free time.
Upon returning to the United States, she enrolled at the University of Colorado, and earned her master's degree in Public Health. She was posted to Seward, Alaska, in 1958, as a public health nurse. There she met Jack Ferguson, who was a young widower with three young daughters; they fell in love and married on Aug. 15, 1959. They raised their family in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Kaye continued to work in nursing.
After retirement Kaye became a volunteer for AARP and traveled to many rural villages promoting health education. Her zest for life included a love for the arts and travel.
She is survived by her husband; her three daughters, April Ferguson, Heather Miller and Nancy Guttenberg; her grandchildren, Asha Kendall, Jack Hansen, Nicholas Guttenberg and Ruth Miller; and her great-grandchildren, Shoshone Kendall and Lauren, Adele and William Hansen.
A service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Chapel on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A Catholic service will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Fairbanks on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at 1 p.m. Burial of Kaye's ashes at the Northern Lights Cemetery will follow.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News on July 30, 2017
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