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It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Madeline Ferguson who passed away peacefully on March 24, 2023, at the age of 92.
Her memory lives on in her family she leaves behind. Daughters, Caroline (Wally) Hepner and Mickey (Don) Ferguson; sons, Dwight Lavallee and Monty (Marina) Ferguson and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her first great-great-grandchild, nieces, nephews and a large extended family as Madeline was a mother to all.
Madeline started her life in Flin Flon as the fifth child of 13 and has fond memories of growing up and playing with her siblings. At a young age she came to Winnipeg to start out on her own and completed her Safeway School. There was no work for her so she had to find what she could and moved to the farm for work where she met and later married Ralph Ferguson and expanded her family. After her husband passed away she needed to still take care of her family and moved to Neepawa and settled in her home. Her Safeway education came in handy and she worked a long and happy career with her Safeway family, getting to know the community and always being a positive part of peoples day.
Madeline went on to meet Bert and found her life dancing partner. Together they were very involved in the community and notably the Royal Canadian Legion #23.
Madeline also had a zest for life and lived her life to the fullest. Madeline enjoyed travelling, to Germany to spend time with family, Alaska which was her favourite trip with Bert and proudly representing her Metis heritage as the Elder travelling with the Metis trek in 2005 in an open chuck wagon across the prairies at 75 years old. She always found a way to connect with everyone she met and was so eager to share a story, a song or laugh with anyone.
Madeline was truly an exceptionally talented painter which she took up in 1977 and has had her art make it all over the world. Her eye for the beauty in nature was incredible and she was always stopping to get that perfect picture to paint later. Madeline was also a cancer survivor and after she won her fight she used her unending strength and love to support those in difficult situations through a group she was very involved with.
Madeline leaves behind a legacy with all whose lives she touched, with her strength in character, her compassion, her love and loyalty for all of her family and acceptance of others. To celebrate her life the family will be holding prayers graveside at a later date.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Madeline’s name to CancerCare Manitoba.


White’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 08, 2023

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I met your beloved Madeline when I was 14, through my lifelong friendship with Carol. Madeline and I weren't close, but I always knew she 'was there', and in more recent years via Facebook we kept in touch. She would often comment on my paintings, and we had that in common. Mostly, though, I remember her as Carol's Mom, and always had a special place in my heart for her. She was always good to me. Madeline was a kind, elegant lady. I am so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Patricia Johnson (Friend) on: Apr 23, 2023

  • I wish I had met Madeline in person, I could have thanked her for being the mother who raised someone who touched the lives of many. I understand where my dear friend got such amazing qualities...from Madeline! Her wonderful spirit lives on in her children. My condolences to all for this loss.. Noelle - Posted by: Noelle Angelus (Friend of daughter) on: Apr 09, 2023

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