Susan Ferguson passed away at her home in La Jolla on May 8, 2014. Born Susan Dickinson in Detroit, Michigan, on March 23, 1922, she moved west with her mother, Ruth Dickinson, and sister, Judy, at a young age. The girls later graduated from the Castella School in Castella, CA.
In her 20's Susan attended art schools in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City, Mexico. At the school in Mexico City she met and later married James R. Ferguson, who was attending the same art school following his discharge from service in the U.S. Army in WWII. Their daughter, Catherine, was born in Mexico. Her second daughter, Gwenn, was born after the family had moved back to the states. Susan was widowed when both her children were young. She moved the family to Phoenix, AZ, where Susan worked and also attended and graduated from Arizona State University
. The family moved to La Jolla in 1967.
In the 1970s, Susan opened Hopitu Indian Arts on Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla. She closed the shop and retired in the early 1990s. After closing the shop, Susan was able to spend more time travelling to Arizona and New Mexico to see her daughters. She spent time each summer at her casita near Santa Fe. Her health declined in the last two years, but until then she walked daily in her La Jolla neighborhood.
She is survived by her daughters, Gwenn Beope of La Jolla and Catherine Ferguson of Galisteo, New Mexico; grandchildren, Tonico Beope of Washington, DC, and Paloma Beope Soriano of the Bay Area; and great-grandchildren, Lola and Cruz Soriano of the Bay Area and Harlem and Chloe Beope of Washington, DC.
She requested that her ashes be scattered in New Mexico in the forest land near her casita.