BEAVERTON — Mary Lou Dyer Ferguson, 87, died June 11 after months of declining health, surrounded by her loving family. The funeral Mass will be shared by her immediate family. A celebration of life will be held when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Mrs. Ferguson was born in Portland March 25, 1933, to Carl and Eleanor (Hendricks) Dyer. Her brother, Bob, was born three years later.

She attended Sacred Heart Grade School, Holy Child Academy, University of Oregon and received a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University. In 1954 she met a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, James Ferguson, also of Portland. They married in June 1955 and had three daughters: Sally Ferguson, Jill Ferguson Nesbitt and Susan Ferguson Walton.

By the early 1960s Mr. Ferguson was fighting cancer and died in 1963.

Mrs. Ferguson did not know how to quit when faced with adversity. She found ways over the following 57 years to raise and support her daughters and enjoy an active, happy and contributive life.

She was proud of her 33-year career with Kaiser Permanente and her affiliation with Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. In 2015, she was recognized for her volunteer work at Maryville Nursing Home in Beaverton. She served as president and treasurer of her homeowners association, treasurer for Catholic Charities and volunteered at the Tigard Library. She was dedicated to fitness at Multnomah Athletic Club where she was a member for 40 years. She was a runner for decades and didn’t hang up her downhill skis until she was 80.

Mrs. Ferguson was a long-standing member of the Madeline and St. Cecilia Parishes. Her Catholic faith and devotion to the Blessed Mother guided and consoled her throughout her life.

Her relationship with Tom Maddocks brought his wonderful daughter Lisa into the family and Mrs. Ferguson was grateful to have another loving daughter. Tony Palermini, a friend from early grade school days became an integral part of Mrs. Ferguson’s happy later years. He was a bright light in her life. As a widower, he knew what picking up life's pieces entailed and this wonderful Italian man became part of Mrs. Ferguson’s Irish, German and Scottish clan.

She was loved by many and had many friends. A loyal, devoted and an excellent listener, she fiercely loved her four daughters, Sally, Jill, Susan and Lisa; her five grandchildren, Carl and Robert Walton, Chloe and Henry Ross, and Olivia Nesbitt; and two great-granddaughters, Aubree and Kylie Walton.

Mrs. Ferguson passed away in the midst of a pandemic that prevented the normal ways of collective grieving. Her family members say she would just consider it another hill to climb.

Mrs. Ferguson asked that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made in her name to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (Maryville) Foundation to benefit the chapel fund or Medical Teams International.

Arrangements directed by Riverview Abby.