FIERI,Morgan After a courageous year of dealing with metastic melanoma, Morgan Fieri (aka Mimi Ferry) made her transition from this earthly plan. She was born on September 27, 1972 in Fortuna, CA and left this world on February 19, 2011. She spent the first 18 years of her life in Ferndale, along with her brother Guy where their parents, Jim & Penny Ferry, owned and operated Abraxas and Dave's Saddlery. Morgan rode and showed horses and was active in many sports during those years. She graduated from Ferndale High School in 1989, and went on to attend Sacramento State, American River Jr. College and Cal Poly, Pomona where she earned her degree in Hospitality from in 1994. Morgan traveled for a few years after college. She settled in Sebastopol, where her son Jules was born, in 1999. With her baby, she moved to Mt. Shasta where they lived for two years, before moving to Nevada City for three years. It was here Morgan began her career as a gifted massage therapist. In 2005, Morgan moved to Fairfax where Jules started kindergarten and she established a successful career in the healing arts. Morgan loved music and dancing. In recent years she played the African drums and danced in a West African dance group. She loved spending time in Mexico with her family. She and Jules volunteered at an orphanage in Colima, Mexico, that immensely impacted their lives and the lives of the 100 children living there. Morgan was a lover of life and collected friends wherever she went. She was a healer of hearts and bodies. The most important thing to her was being a great mom to Jules. She participated and supported him in all his endeavors (snowboarding, basketball, break dancing and hip-hop). Morgan lived a very conscious life. Because of her connection to life and the earth she practiced and promoted composting, recycling and organics. Being an inspired vegetarian, she contributed recipes to Guy's upcoming cookbook. Morgan was the founding director of her brother's foundation, "The Guy Fieri Foundation for Inspiration and Imagination". Morgan is survived by her partner, Annie Antepara, her 11 year old son Jules, her brother Guy and his wife, Lori and their sons Hunter & Ryder and her parents, Jim & Penny Ferry plus numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to an educational fund for Jules at: Jules Fieri, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 200 B St., Santa Rosa, CA 95406 or to Nor Cal Hero Ride for Life, P.O. Box 302, Red Bluff, CA 96080 or a charity of your choice.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2011