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Mary Anne Ferguson


1929 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Mary Anne Ferguson Obituary
July 20, 1929 - January 11, 2018 Mary Anne Pidgeon Ferguson was born July 20, 1929, in Dublin, Ireland and passed away January 11, 2018 in Pasadena, California. Mary and her two sisters Joan and Patricia, came to America in 1958. The sisters made their way to Los Angeles where jobs were waiting. Mary became active in the San Fernando Valley Group of the Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club, backpacking and volunteering. In 1970, the Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club, at that time functioning as a totally volunteer organization, selected Mary to be their first paid employee. She was to serve as office manager and assistant to the volunteer officers. Soon after, noting Mary's special gift of interacting with people, they decided to change her job description to fundraising. Mary's fundraising efforts were phenomenally successful. She knew how to find potential donors and she knew how to explain Sierra Club campaigns and why they needed financial support. She worked to make each donor a personal friend, taking them to lunch and seeing to their personal comfort if they became ill. Mary became a living legend in the Sierra Club. Sierra Club California created a new award in her honor, "The Mary Ferguson Award," given annually to honor a deserving Sierra Club employee. She was fiercely political, continually offering her beautiful home in Montecito Heights to hold fundraisers for deserving candidates and to interview candidates seeking Sierra Club endorsement. Well into her retirement years Mary was still making phone calls for her party, walking door to door, and even traveling to Las Vegas to "get out the vote." Mary cherished her Irish roots and founded an organization called "Irish Ethos" calling others of Irish heritage to come together to discuss Irish issues, literature and music. Irish Ethos attracted an enthusiastic following for many years. Mary married Paul Ferguson in 1965, who died in 1980. She is survived by a sister, Joan Fritz, of Altadena, California, long-time companion Ed Vaughan, Brother in law, Bernard Ferguson, nephews, Brian Beaubien (Heather) grandnephew, Walter and grandniece Leah, and David Beaubien of Atlanta, Georgia, nephews in law, Brian Ferguson of Mystic, Ct. and Paul Ferguson and Asako of Decatur, Georgia and their children Liam, Mary Lou and Kieran and many friends and relatives in the U.S. and in Ireland. Mary Ferguson passed away peacefully on January 11, 2018. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on February 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church located at 2640 East Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, California with a reception immediately following at the Msgr. Crean Hall located on the grounds behind the church. Lunch and beverages will be served.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, 2018
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