Marlys Helen “Micky” Ferguson (née Nordstrom), 82, died March 7 after a brief illness.

Micky was born Nov. 28, 1933, to Harrison and Dorothy Nordstrom of St. Paul. She attended school at Nativity and Derham Hall, where she was a member of the class of 1951. After attending the College of St. Catherine, she married and started her family.

Over the course of the next 16 years, she gave birth to 11 children. She raised her family in Roseville and Falcon Heights. She married Robert Ferguson on July 28, 1984, and enjoyed more than 31 years of happiness and companionship.

Together they valued spending time with their children, grandchildren and many friends. Their favorite pastimes included travel to northern Minnesota and elsewhere, tending gardens at their Falcon Heights home, and attending the Minnesota State Fair, concerts, plays, parades and everything their grandchildren participated in.

She worked outside of the home for many years, eventually retiring from Unisys in Roseville. Along with several close friends, she volunteered at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul for many years, and she and Bob volunteered at St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis. She was a longtime member of the Church of Corpus Christi in Roseville.

Throughout her life, Micky showed those around her the power of friendship. She had many lifelong friends, and she continued to make new ones until the end. She was always good company.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Molly Yentes; her parents; and her brother, Harry. She is survived by her husband, Bob; her sister, Sandy Guay (John); her daughters, Ann Niedzielski (Ray), Kate Andersen (Gary), Sandi Healy-Johnson (Greg), Susan Dolan (Dan), Patty Nielson (Brett Laughlin) and Linda Healy (Randy Anderson); her sons, John Healy (Jackie), Steve Healy (Patty), Peter Healy and Nick Healy (Helen); son-in-law Cliff Yentes (Debby); 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; six stepdaughters, Susan Ferguson, Anne Ferguson, Mary Post, Jean Evers, Elizabeth [Ken] Hessevick and Patricia Ferguson; and six step-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was held March 12 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, with interment at Roselawn Cemetery.

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