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Sumiko Ferguson Sumiko Ferguson
(March 10, 1930 - June 6, 2013)

Sumiko Ferguson, 83, of Libby, Montana, passed away Thursday June 6, 2013 of natural causes.

She was born March 10, 1930 in Torakuji, Kyoto-Fu, Japan to Kokichi and Koya (Yoshioka) Imanishi. She grew up close to Torakuji, Kyoto-Fu, Japan, walking a few miles to school each day.

On September 6, 1952, Sumi married Nicholas Ferguson in Tokyo, Japan. Together, with their son, Johnnie, they boarded a ship in 1954, heading to Oregon, Missouri. It was 15 of the longest days for them as Sumi and Johnnie were sick much of the trip.

They spent 30 years in Missouri where Sumi loved being a mom to her three children, gardening, and visiting with friends whom she still shared a close friendship. They retired to Libby in 1984, a place that had been a favorite vacation spot for them. Though Sumi was hesitant to move clear to Montana, Libby soon became home to her and Nick. She could often be found out picking huckleberries, ferns, or mushrooms with Nick. She, of course, turned their pickings into a tasty entrée to be enjoyed by friends.

Sumi spent many hours at Libby Christian Church where she volunteered at the mission store; helped cook and serve many a dinner, including the holiday dinners served; attended and served with the Seniors With A Purpose; and in her earlier years, could be found shoveling the church sidewalks. Sumi truly loved her Lord and had such a servant’s heart! Her hospitality was second to none as she welcomed many families into their home where she served up her delicious Japanese cuisine. Her beautiful smile was a welcome to all who walked in the church doors. Her church family and friends will truly miss her.

Sumi is survived by her husband of sixty years, Nick of Libby; son Johnnie (JoAnn) of Tonganoxie, Kansas; daughters Marilyn (Gary) Collingwood of Greybull, Wyoming, and Nancy (Mike) Mazur of St. Joseph, Missouri; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren with one great-grandchild meeting her in Heaven; sister Yoshiko Irigaki of Japan; brother-in-law Jerry Ferguson of Gladstone, Missouri; many nieces and nephews; and her church family, who loved her dearly.

Services were held at the Libby Christian church in Libby, Montana on Monday, June 10, 2013.

Services were held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Christian Church in Oregon. Interment was at Benton Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Libby Christian Church Philippines Mission.