Temple rallies around family after mother of two dies at 36

  • Christina Ferguson with her husband Jonah Ferguson and their two children, Noah and Elizabeth. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/14/2019 6:20:31 PM

Her friends remember Christina Ferguson as a passionate person, who loved children and music, and always thought of others first.

Ferguson, 36, was diagnosed in June with stage IV cancer, which had spread from her lungs to her spine, bones, and brain. She lost her fight with the disease on Thursday, leaving behind her husband, Jonah Ferguson, and two children, Noah and Elizabeth.

When she was diagnosed, the town rallied to help her family financially, raising thousands of dollars to assist with her home care and other expenses. 

Ferguson’s story clearly struck a chord with people, Kathy Fedorka said. When a spaghetti supper was organized to raise funds for the family, many people who had never met Ferguson showed up to contribute. For those that knew her, the loss is devastating, she said. 

“Losing her is kind of like losing a warm light that was in the world that has now gone out,” Fedorka said. Fedorka is the library director at Temple’s Mansfield Public Library, where Ferguson was a regular patron and a volunteer, running music programs for children an holding the occasional story time.

Fedorka said she first met Ferguson when she came to the library shortly after moving to Temple. Ferguson contributed some photographs she had taken to the library’s art display.

“She was just one of those magic people you meet and instantly fall in love with,” Fedorka said.

Fedorka isn’t the only one who remarked on Ferguson’s highly creative side. Just before she got ill, she joined the Temple Drama Club for a single season, where she sang and played the lead in one of their annual shorts, “Check Please” by Jonathan Rand.

“She was well-prepared. She was the only one who knew all her lines during rehearsal,” said Temple Drama Club President Steve Cullinan. “She had a great sense of humor and was just friendly and kind to everyone. All of us at the Drama Club send our deepest sympathy to Christina's family and will feel this tragic loss for years to come.”

Caring for children was one of her passions. She had previously worked at Tumbleweeds Child Care in Wilton, both as a full-time caregiver, and then later as a part-time music teacher.

Celeste Oberg, the owner and director of Tumbleweeds, said she was “everything you would look for in an employee.”

“She loved working with children, she was sweet, kind and considerate, she was trustworthy. Everything you would hope for in an employee rolled into one person, that was Christina.”

Amy Cabana of Temple got to know the Ferguson family well only after Ferguson got sick, and she assisted with setting up a community spaghetti supper fundraiser, which raised over $6,400 for the family.

“I was with her a lot in her last months,” Cabana said. “And even then, she was always doing things for other people.”

Cabana said when she assisted Ferguson with outings during her illness, she rarely spent her energy on herself – she would go shopping for winter clothes for her children, or take a trip to the print shop to print photos for family members.

“She was a sweetheart. She did amazing things in a very short period of time,” Cabana said. “It’s been a difficult road, but she kept her faith through it all and persevered right to the end.”

Cabana has set up a Facebook fundraiser to benefit the Ferguson family, which can be contributed to at tinyurl.com/CristinaFerguson.

There has also been a bank account set up at TD Bank under the name Ferguson Family Fund.


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