Heidi Renee Ferguson was born on October 27, 2011, in Tallahassee. She passed away August 27, 2012 during surgery to have a brain tumor removed. This condition had gone undetected due to Heidi's immense strength and easy-going, beautiful personality. It seemed that she did not want to let on how sick she was. She was friendly, inquisitive and cheerful. She loved playing with her brother, musical instruments and singing, books, laughing, hugs and kisses, being outside, taking walks, sucking her thumb, and anything that she could manage to chew on. In ten short months, she brightened our lives more than we would have ever thought possible. She gave us a lifetime of love and happiness in the brief time that we were given. Her beautiful smile made everyone around her feel joyful. Her bright blue eyes could make anyone feel like they were seeing the world for the first time. She was so very loved and cherished. She will be desperately missed by her family. Heidi is survived by her very loving parents Lawrence and Leslie Ferguson and her adoring and caring, 3 year old brother Sean. She is also survived by her paternal grandparents Larry Ferguson and Jewell Bryant Ferguson and her maternal grandparents Kevin and Judy Songer, as well as her great grandparents Cecil and Bette Sowell, Bettie Ferguson and Helen Griffin, loving aunts and uncles Merris Pappas, Carolyn Brady, Ida Mae Norris, Gene and Doris Knight, Mark and Joann Bryant, Pam Griffin, Pat and Tracy Griffin, Phil and Janet Hehnlin, John and Patty Sowell, Chuck and Vicki Sowell, Sesha Diette, Brian and Kyndra Freeman, John and Melissa Cummings, LeErin Ferguson, Laura Griffin, Adam Griffin and Marrissa Ryals, Jincy Songer, Ruairi Songer and Denise Dennis, sweet cousins Dylan and Dharma Hadders, Fernando Rogue and Cali Cummings, as well as many other wonderful and loving extended family members and family friends. She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Randy Griffin and by her great grandparents Helen Sowell, Roy Griffin, Lawrence Ferguson, Jr., and Burton and Mable Bryant. A service to celebrate her life and the joy that she created in her presence will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help the family with medical bills and expenses by visiting http://helpthefergusonfamily.bbnow.org/. Bevis Funeral Home, (850)385-2193, www.bevisfh.com, is handling the arrangements.
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Published in Lake City Reporter on Sept. 30, 2012