Mary Ellen Fergusson Woodstock passed away Friday September 8, 2023, in the loving arms of her family. Mary Ellen was born October 23, 1925, to John and Olive Sornbury of Otsego, where she spent 94 happy years as a loved resident of the Otsego and Plainwell communities with family and friends who supported her throughout her life. Mary Ellen spent the last 3 years of her life living near her family in Northern California.
Mary Ellen is survived by her daughter Laura (Kevin) Riddell, daughter in law Linda Fergusson, grandchildren Wendy (Sandy) White, Krista White, Tara (Jason) Sweet, Ryan (Alicia) Sweet, Heather (David) Fergusson Lincoln, and Mike Fergusson Jr., step grandchildren Tristan (Mary Cile) Riddell, Keath (Mary) Riddell, Shannon (Megan) Riddell, Jennifer Starbuck-VanVoorst, Denny Starbuck, Allison Starbuck, and her unofficially adopted family members; Will (Patsy) Kline and Karin (Nick) Breedveld. She is also survived by many great, and great great, grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews who she loved dearly.
Mary Ellen was preceded in death by Bob (Robert D) Fergusson, her husband of 50 years and Charles Woodstock, her husband of 12 years. She was also preceded in death by her children, Karen Sue Fergusson, Robert “Steve” Fergusson, and Michael John Fergusson Sr., and her special “sisters” Bella DuBois and Joyce Mills.
Mary Ellen retired from Allegan General Hospital; she worked at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell. She worked as a volunteer at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was a member of the Church of God in Otsego and Faith Chapel in Kalamazoo prior to her move to California.
Beyond the love of her family and friends, Mary Ellen loved ice cream, reading, gardening, road trips, sunbathing, fashion, coffee with friends, Michigan sports, and the Monterey Bay. Mary Ellen wished to express her affection and gratitude to the staff of Landmark Villa in Hayward, California for their loving care and support during this year.
Consistent with her wishes, cremation has taken place.
Friends and family will gather at 2pm on Friday, November 10, 2023 for burial of ashes at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.
Contributions in memory of Mary Ellen may be made to Kalamazoo Animal Rescue, 4669 Executive Dr. Portage MI 49002.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.