Elisabeth Maria Ferguson


Elisabeth-Maria Ellen Ferguson, 86, of Shawnee, Kansas went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 20, 2010 at 6:50am. A visitation will be held at 10:00am followed by a mass at 11am on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 11311 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS. Ellen was born October 11, 1924 Elisabeth Maria Mertes to Gertrud M. Schwarz and Englebert W. Mertes in Köln, Germany. Ellen was raised in Köln, Germany and had her first son, Rolf D. Mertes, on Oct 7, 1945. She was married to John F. Ferguson in Ulm, Germany on Oct 5, 1957. After marrying John Ferguson, Ellen came to the United States on December 18, 1957. Ellen lived briefly in KCMO before moving to Mission, Kansas, and she also lived in Louisville, Kentucky and Lomita, California. Ellen quickly learned English and became active in the German Club in Mission Kansas. She studied nursing in Germany and continued in the U.S. working at San Pedro Hospital in California and St. Joseph in Kansas City. Ellen also worked in home health care caring for many ill patients. Ellen was a generous spirit who gave to many causes, including sponsoring a boy in Africa with what money she could spare. Ellen loved baseball and the Kansas City Royals, always parking herself in front of a TV or radio whenever they were playing. She was a lifelong animal lover whose pets were as a much a part of her family as the people to whom she was related. To all her grandchildren Ellen was known as “Oma”. Ellen was preceded in death by her son, Rolf Detlev Mertes of Blue Springs, Missouri. She is survived by her son, John Ferguson and wife Mary of De Soto, Kansas, daughter-in-law Joyce Mertes of Grain Valley, Missouri, six grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall, Kansas City, Missouri.


  1. Janis Brandt on January 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I did know your mother but I know she was a fine lady to have raised a son as yourself. Thinking of you and I know you will think of her often at moments that remind you of things she said or did. We miss our Mom’s – Your Friend Janis

  2. John Ferguson on December 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Mom, your service was really beautiful today. Many friends who could came to honor you, and those who couldn’t had you on their minds.

    You are loved and you will be missed always.

    your son,

    – john

  3. Krista Ferguson on December 24, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I loved my Oma dearly and she will be missed more than she ever could have imagined. Her memory will forever live on in all the hearts of those she touched. I feel so fortunate to have been related to such an amazing woman and person. Oma, you will be missed. And, I know you would be surprised at the technology we are using to honor your memory as well 😉

    Love always,

  4. John Ferguson on December 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Please come back after Monday, December 27, as I will be updating this site with a more descriptive recount of my mother’s life.

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