Mrs. Rita (Leforte) Ferguson
26 November , 1927 – 3 March , 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Wayne (Diane), Bonnie (Ben) and Joanne; her grandchildren, Krista, Loni (April), Sarah (Josh) and Joshua; great-grandchildren, Ezra and Adrianne; nephews, Ron, Jerry, Clarence, Brian and Hilton; nieces, Lorna, Sandra, Doreen, Gail, Wendy, Shannon, Jackie and Robin; great-niece, Alissa; close friends, Cornelia and Helen; and many other nieces and nephews. Waiting for her in heaven are her husband, parents, brothers, sisters, and close nephews, Ken and Allan. Mom loved life and lived it to the fullest, despite overcoming many challenges during her time. She loved her family, friends, travel, cards and especially, crib. We will miss the sparkle in her eye, her zest for life, and her strong will and character. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Klassen Funeral Home, 1897 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg, MB, 204-338-0331. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, 280 Balderstone Road, West St. Paul, MB, R4A5A2
In lieu of flowers: Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg
280 Balderstone Road , West St. Paul, MB R4A-5A2.
Service Of Remembrance
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Klassen Funeral Home
1897 Henderson Hwy
Mrs. Rita (Leforte) Ferguson
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20 March 2019
My condolences to the Ferguson Family!
The picture of Rita is absolutely beautiful, she looks so elegant.
Rita was a true friend, we first met in 1974. Bonnie her daughter, I and my sister were taking our practicum nursing in Dauphin, MB. We hitch-hiked almost every weekend to Brandon, MB; that’s when we were introduced to the Ferguson family. Rita was lively, feisty, spunky and touch but bubbly. She was a unique woman with a very unique personality and character to booth.
Rita and I kept in contact connecting and reconnecting over the years. This was a fond memory. Rita had invited my daughter and I numerous time to come out to visit her at Apache Junction in Arizona, where she spent many winters as a Canadian snow bird. Out of the blue, I phoned her one day and asked if the invitation was still opened. Of course, she said. She was so happy to see us and loved having us. It was absolutely beautiful in the trailer court with cactus blooming everywhere, in every colour. We attended events at the club house; she proudly introduced us to her friends and neighbours. We played lawn bowling, snooped in flea markets and shopped. Rita was adamant that we go to a casino; she arranged the trip and at 5:00 am we were boarding the bus. Upon our arrival at the casino Rita says, I will meet you guys back here at 3 pm that was the last time we saw her for the entire day. We were all exhausted after a long day. It was my first trip to a USA casino. Rita loved the casinos.
We visited Rita numerous times when she lived in Sorrento, BC. The first thing that comes to mind, I smile when I share this memory. Rita was issued her first bank card, she asked me to come along to the ATM to activate it. So way we go, she inputs the card, following the screen prompts, it did not work. I encouraged her to try again, after a few more rounds the attempts failed. I asked her to confirm her password. She says, you try, after many attempts now going on 20 minutes or more in the blazing sun we could not get the card activated. We look at each other, I say to her we are both smart broads, RIGHT Laughing! Laughing! She agreed. OK, I say let’s try again, with two brains actively engaged. We reviewed each prompt, selected the keys and finally she had access to the account. We continued to laugh as we ate our ice cream. You had to be there to witness the interaction. It was priceless; of course Rita had a few choice words to express herself with all the frustration that we encountered.
As life’s journey continued we shared a great milestone; Rita’s daughter Joanne lived with me in Calgary for a short period of time. Rita and Bonnie came out to meet her new grandson and attend the baptismal of, Joshua. We had a great visit exchanging the latest and greatest of family and friends.
After an extended stay in BC, Rita had moved to Winnipeg to live with Joanne and Josh. My daughter Krista was getting married June 2004, Rita as a dear family friend attended the wedding. She really had an awesome time. Thereafter, whenever I would visit her, she fondly remembered my gown that I wore at my daughter’s wedding. She would compliment me on how beautiful I looked that day. It always made me feel good that someone remembered that special day and what an impact it had on her. Then off we would reminisce about the entire wedding. A friend is someone who can pick up the conversation as if we spoke - yesterday. That’s the relationship I had with Rita.
As my sister Cornelia lives in Winnipeg, I always made sure that Rita was on my must visit list. I am glad that I had an opportunity to visit Rita last summer July 2018. I will remember her as a person who welcomed me with joy.
I have many memories of our friendship which I hold dear to my heart.
RITA, rest in peace, as you join your heavenly family.
12 March 2019
My Condolences to the Ferguson family. Rita will be missed as dear family friend.
Terri and Gary Hagglund
8 March 2019
Deepest sympathy to The family! May she live on in memories...