Date of BirthOctober 02, 2017

Kristin Ferguson Obituary

Date of BirthOctober 02, 2017

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Date of PassingJanuary 25, 2017

Kristin Ferguson Obituary

from Seattle, Alaska, United States

Date of BirthOctober 02, 2017

Kristin Ferguson Obituary

Date of BirthOctober 02, 2017

606 Views

Date of PassingJanuary 25, 2017

Kristin Ferguson Obituary

from Seattle, Alaska, United States


Kristin was born on Sanak Island, Alaska, on Oct. 25, 1940, to Emil and Marina Gundersen. She was affectionately given the nickname "Okalina" by her father, Emil. Kristin was the oldest of eight children and served as a mother figure to her siblings. At age 12, after attending grade school, Kristin and her family moved to Sand Point, Alaska. She attended high school in both Ninilchik, Alaska, and Seattle, Wash. She met the love of her life, Gary Ferguson, in 1963. Many claim responsibility for setting them up - being their match-maker - as their romance was noteworthy in the community and they made a beautiful couple. The couple wed on Sept. 2, 1963, in Cold Bay by magistrate Maggie Macneese. Gary and Kristin raised their three children in Sand Point, where they first met. At age 27 Kristin gave her life to the Lord Jesus Christ and spent the rest of her life sharing the word of God with everyone she met. Kristin and Gary's Sand Point residence was known for its endless pot of coffee and a kitchen that always had fresh baked goods and a listening ear. In 1984, the couple moved to Cold Bay, where they formed two businesses - Aleutian Services and G&K Inc. Kristin served as an active partner in both businesses. During the 30-plus years in Cold Bay, Kristin was an active member of the church leadership at the local community chapel, Sunday school teacher, volunteer EMT, an avid berry picker, host to many who passed through town and always showed kindness to everyone.Kristin is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gary Ferguson Sr.; and her three children, Melody Quirk, Tara Ferguson (Clarence) and Gary Ferguson II (Carlos). Kristin leaves six grandchildren, Robert Nielsen, Krista Quirk (Randy), Matthew (Candace) Nielsen, Rachelle (Josh) Sanderson, Sarah (Curtis) Dushkin and Timothy Quirk; and 10 great-grandchildren, Arlin Galovin, Kai Sanderson, Delaney Foster, Rylin Sanderson, Arnold Calugan III, Kristin Dushkin, Brooke Willow Nielsen, Brianna Dushkin, Randy Cain and Kaylee Sanderson.Kristin's siblings include Sharon (Steve) Hakala, Diane Wildes, Martin (Julie) Gundersen, Paula (Tim) Cirtchlow, Kim (Laiv) Gundersen and Susan (Dave) Silver.Kristin is also survived by numerous other loved ones including nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in the lord and countless friends.Kristin is preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Marina Gundersen Sr.; brother, Emil "Buddy" Gundersen Jr.; and grandson, Henry Neilsen III.During the last days of her life Kristin received an incredible amount of care and support. The family would like to extend a thank you to all the nurses and staff at the Alaska Native Medical Center for the round the clock attention they gave and the hospitality, caring shown to her family.Her legacy of loving-kindness will live on in the many lives she has touched.

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