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Carolyn Ferguson

08/30/1943 - 4/28/2022 Carolyn Jean Yerkovich was born in Portland, Oregon August 30, 1943, to George and Marie Yerkovich. She attended Beaumont Grade School and Grant High School. In 1961 she entered the University of Oregon where she earned an elementary education degree, was a member of Alpha Phi sorority, and became a Duck supporter for life. Following college graduation, Carolyn was hired by Pan American World Airways and became a stewardess. Based in San Francisco, she met a charming, Southern-mannered gentleman and Pan Am pilot, Bill Ferguson. They married in 1968, in Menlo Park, California where their first two sons, Will and James, were born. In 1971 they moved to Medford, Oregon where their third son, Michael, was born. Carolyn was a devoted mother, fiercely loyal and enthusiastically supportive of her family, friends, communities, and causes. Bill passed away in 1997. Carolyn’s passion for cooking and her culinary wizardry were legendary. Her from-scratch preparations made any event deliciously memorable. She loved traveling to various cooking school destinations— including multiple visits to her favorites, Yetabo (France) and the LaVarenne at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. Throughout her life, Carolyn found tremendous gratification and pride in volunteering or otherwise serving her community. At St. Mark’s Episcopal Parish, she served on the Altar Guild and became Director of Religious Education. She volunteered in various long-term room mother capacities at Hoover Elementary. She was a Medford Junior Service League member and cookbook content creator. Carolyn was a proud and contributing member of World Wings International, Hillcrest Committee (past president), PEO (past president) Rogue Valley chapter of the American Red Cross Board and Executive Board, the University of Oregon Alumni Board, University of Oregon Museum of Art council, the Colony Club (past president), Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Board, Friends of Alba, and the Twin Towns Olympic Committee. Carolyn cherished her numerous lifelong friendships and rarely missed a reunion of any kind. She enjoyed annual getaways with college and high school friends. Locally, her Medford social connections meant the world to her. Water aerobics, book club, gourmet group, bridge, investment club, birthday group were among her favorite activities. Carolyn was a loyal Oregon Ducks supporter, avid fan, and football season ticket holder for three decades. Around 2009, she met Birk—a widower who shared her love of all things Ducks and was a fellow Grant High alum. Their mutual affinity for scotch likely sealed the deal, though. They quickly became close and dear friends and spent the next decade enjoying nightly dinners and driving up and down the West Coast to Duck games and Carolyn’s family events. Survivors include her sons, Will, James, and Mike (Amy); sister, Marybeth; brother, George (Jeanne); grandchildren, Walker, Graham, Bennett, and Audrey; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and faithful friend and companion, Richard “Birk” Birkenshaw. Funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, at 1:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 South Holly Street, Medford, OR 97219. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Carolyn to The Hillcrest Committee, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, University of Oregon Foundation, or the charity of your choice.

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