Ruth Marie Ferguson

It is with great sadness, we share the passing of our loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on December 20, 2021, at the age of 82, now with her Lord.  She was born on February 25, 1939 to Bertha (Rotzol) and Otto Venzke in Lansing where she resided her entire life. She married Keith Ferguson on July 4, 1959, sharing 62 wonderful years together along with raising their two children Keitha and Gerald.

Ruth attended Lansing schools graduating from Sexton High School. From a young age she had a talent for flower arranging, especially roses from her parent’s garden. She became a floral designer for many years at Barnes Avenue Floral where she met the love of her life, her husband.  Ruth and Keith were rose enthusiasts, known for their beautiful gardens and are Honorary members of the Greater Lansing Rose Society being recognized with a Silver Medal Honor for many years of service.

She was raised at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, where her faith was an important part of her life being Baptized, Confirmed, Married and serving for many years as the Sunday School Secretary. She was that constant presence in the life of the congregation.

She enjoyed her afternoon rides out in the country along with summer vacations with family and extended family fishing and swimming at Glen Lake. She loved opening her home for family gatherings and parties. She devoted her life to her family. She treasured being able to care for her children and grandchildren with daily phone calls and greeting cards instilling in each the traditions of faith, family and home all the blessings of which she had received from her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and many friends through the years.

She is survived by her husband, Keith; daughter, Keitha (David) Snider of Bath; her son, Rev. Gerald (Suzanne) Ferguson of Midland; her grandchildren: Amanda (Noah) Schneider of Ada, Andrew Snider of Lansing, Keith Ferguson of Honor, and Rose (William) Zank of Auburn; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jonah and Elodie; sister-in-law, JoEllen Wing along with many nieces, cousins and godchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Charles and Norma Ferguson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 549 E. Mount Hope with the Rev. Matthew Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Monday from 6-8 p.m. and before the service at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

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Burton Robson
December 21, 2021 at 9:56 pm

Sorry , Burton & Sharon Robson

Al and Bernadette
December 22, 2021 at 5:53 pm

Keith, David and Family
Sorry for your loss
Our prayers go out to you.

Cheryl Bennick Leek
December 22, 2021 at 6:29 pm

Keith and Family,
I’m so sad to hear of Ruth’s passing. Always a wonderful neighbor. She will be missed. Prayers for her entire family.

Mark and Gina Rynties
December 22, 2021 at 8:20 pm

Keitha, David and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Keitha, your mother lived a wonderful live filled with family, friends and joy- a life very well lived.

Francis and Carolun Jscobs
December 22, 2021 at 11:03 pm

Keith, we are so sorry to hear about Ruth. We will be at her visitation. Carolyn and Francis Jacobs (Betty Bottom’s daughter and son-in-law).

Eileen Schwarz-Duty
December 24, 2021 at 9:11 am

She will be greatly missed! We went to Keitha and David’s “Leftovers” party one year, and Ruth played Trivial Pursuit very competitively – great fun! She always wore her favorite purple, in every season all year long. Jimmy and I send all the Fergusons and Sniders our love and big hugs during this sad time.

Chris and Jeff Dunkel
December 26, 2021 at 10:54 am

Our prays are with you all. Wish we could be there to help you in many ways.

linda brewer
December 27, 2021 at 4:44 pm

I will always remember Ruth Marie with great fondness.
The last time I talked with her was when she called to check up on my mother in Ohio.
I always enjoyed my childhood trips to Lansing and am glad that we are family.

Joe and Audrey Skidmore
December 28, 2021 at 11:39 am

Joe and Audrey Skidmore
Dear Keith, Keitha and Jerry,
We can no longer be trusted to get things straight. We are dressed ready to go to the funeral but thought it was at 12:00 not 11:00 and it is now 11:30. We are so very sorry at her passing and so very very sorry to not have been with you there today. Please forgive us. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

Robert Tear
December 28, 2021 at 1:46 pm

I am sorry for your great loss.
She is at her eternal home with her Lord Jesus.
What a great comfort that is.

Sincerely in Christ,
Rob and Sheree Tear

Karen Jackson Cote
December 29, 2021 at 5:27 pm

Keith, Keith, Gerry and family.
I am so sad to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was a special lady and leaves a large hole in this world and in our congregation. May God’s love and peace comfort you in this difficult time.

Al H Bemis
January 13, 2022 at 4:26 pm

We want to give our sincere condolences to all of Ruth Marie’s family. Ruth and her husband Keith became my only link back to my hometown of Lansing. I left to enter the Army in 1966 and made it a career finally retiring in the Washington DC area. After my tour in Viet Nam, the Army sent me back to Michigan State to finish my degree and in so doing, my wife, Pat, was able to meet many of my relatives from Lansing including Ruth and Keith. Over the years, we talked on the phone a few times, but always exchanged Christmas cards. My fondest memory of Ruth was in the late 50’s when my parents left on a vacation and took my grandparents with them, I was scheduled to go to Scout camp, so I stayed at Ruth’s parent’s house (Aunt Bertha and Uncle Otto). Each day, Ruth came to me to check if I was OK and needed anything. It was totally unexpected, since Ruth was only 5 years older than I. I was a young teenager who thought he knew everything he needed to get along. But there she was every day calmly checking on me. She will be missed.


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