Kathleen L. Hemphill-Ferguson, 95, of Sedro-Woolley passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013. She was born to Gordon and Annie Hemphill November 8 1918, in Burlington, WA, the third of four children: Bob, Millie, Kathleen and Ginger.
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She was raised in Bow Washington and attended Bow-Edison Grade School and Burlington High School. After high school she and her siblings moved to California where she met her husband Harold Ferguson. They resided in Garden Grove, California and it was there her two sons, Harold Junior and David were born. Kathleen loved her family, and when her boys were in their teens, she and Harold moved back to the Northwest to be near her sister, Ginger.
She was raised in a musical family and she and all of her siblings were musicians, but Kathleen loved the classics and became a classical pianist. She graduated from Long Beach State College with a Bachelor's degree in music and later became a piano teacher. Kathleen and her sisters would often play piano together for family functions. Her son, David and grandson Brian also became professional musicians.
Kathleen worked for the Department of Social and Health Services, where she was well liked and respected by her peers. She worked there until retirement age.
She was a quietly brilliant woman, politically savvy and always keeping up on the issues of the day. She was the academic of the family and blessed to have a sharp mind up to the end.
Kathleen's grandchildren were so special to her. Individuals in their own ways, she loved each and every one of them.
In her final months Kathleen was blessed to have her daughter-in-law, Joye and son David stay with her in her home, where she passed peacefully.
She was truly loved by her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Ferguson; son, Harold Ferguson Jr.; brother, Robert Hemphill; sisters, Mildred Wilkinson and Eugenia (Ginger) Thompson; and niece, Sandy Chance.
She is survived by her son, David Ferguson; daughters in law, Jodeenia (Joye) Ferguson, Celeste Ferguson, and Jeryl Ferguson; grandchildren, Tiffany Ferguson, Brian Ferguson, Alexander Ferguson and Patrick Ferguson; nephews, Gordon Chance and Mike Price; nieces, Rosalee Friedl and Judy Berentson.
Special thanks to Hospice, and in particular: Betty, Jessie, and Natti for all their help during this time.
Private family services will be held.
Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.
Kern Funeral Home
1122 South 3rd Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Dec. 17, 2013