ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Sandra Ferguson. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Ann Price on September 1, 2022
To Sandy Ferguson with fond memories,
Rest in peace knowing that this world is a better place because you were here. Thank you for your legacy of “Love in Action – Now”. Your dedicated and innovative spirit will linger with us forever.
Ann Price, Peace with Justice Coordinator
Baltimore-Washington Conference, 2013-2017
Posted by Kim Capps on August 23, 2022
Deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all of Sandy's family. She had such a significant impact on the conference, and and it's ministries, and on so many individuals. She did so much! Prayers for peace.
Posted by Linda Yost on August 22, 2022
Sandy was a strong proponent of Mission u, or School of Christian Mission back in the day. She attended many of our Committee meetings as the liaison from the Baltimore-Washington Conference. This is where I first met Sandy and got to know her. She always had a kind word and a sweet smile for everyone!  God has a treasure now with Him in heaven! May the ever-encompassing arms of our Creator give strength and comfort to her family, friends and loved ones as they say good-bye while remembering the good times.
Posted by Marc Loud on August 22, 2022
My prayers and love are extended to Sandy's family and friends. I first met Sandy during the BWC's years of Holy Boldness under the late Bishop Felton May. Sandy was warm, kind, quick, sincere and filled with the Spirit of Christ our King! Blessings forever. 
Posted by Rev. Albert K., III (Bert... on August 22, 2022
For 20 years (1980's and 1990's), Sandy Ferguson was an important and inspiring presence in my life. During my tenure as a leader in outdoor ministry in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the UMC, she was caring, thoughtful, Spirit-filled and always encouraging. I thank God for her and her ministry.
Posted by Nona Colbert on August 21, 2022
I did not know Sandy Ferguson personally. However her ministry was legendary. From what I heard about her advocacy for youth and justice, she was a fiercesome force of nature who embodied the word z”servant.” When I think about her legacy, the song “My Living Shall Not Be In Vain” comes to mind. My deepest and sincerest condolences and my thoughts and prayers are with Sharon and the Ferguson family during this difficult journey. Rest in power Mrs. Ferguson. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Posted by Yolanda Pupo-Ortiz on August 21, 2022
I give thanks God for Sandy, a woman of God who demonstrated to us what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.
I have many memories of Sandy. In all of them, she was a witness of the Spirit of justice, inclusiveness, and love of God.
Thank you dear Sandy for your faith and example. Thank you for the legacy you are leaving to our church. I am sure you are now rejoicing in the fulfillment of the Life that we still know from afar.
Your friend and sister in Christ, Yolanda
Posted by Deborah Haskins, PhD on August 21, 2022
Will remember Sandy with joy. She was faithful, tireless, and totally committed to her faith and uniting communities and global… prayers for her husband and family including her UMC family…
Posted by Julie Wilson on August 21, 2022
Sandy was a tremendous advocate for all matters related to social justice. She was a team player and willing to support from behind the scenes when needed but also not afraid to step into the spotlight and be the voice speaking out in the face of oppression. She touched many lives, including the lives of many who never had the pleasure of getting to know her. Her fierce determination, nurturing mentorship, and twinkling eyes will be greatly missed.
Posted by Lisa Wirkus on August 21, 2022
Sandy Ferguson was a force to be reckoned with. She was a staunch advocate for the funding of Deaf and disability ministries within the Baltimore-Washington Conference and a personal supporter of my own ministry. I am profoundly thankful for her faithful witness for so many years. She will be greatly missed. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Posted by HiRho Park on August 20, 2022
Sandy was a Christian who had chosen the way of faithfulness and set her heart on God’s love for all people. The BWC is indebted to her determined work on racial-ethnic advocacy. A fierce leader who had embraced the least of these under all circumstances was a gift to many.
Posted by Nancy Carp on August 20, 2022
My heart is broken! Sandy Ferguson was one of the most stellar women who I knew. From the time she moved to the house next to me in ‘68 when I was 11, until now, we were family. I admired her work with the church around the world and loved hearing about it. Nothing would stop her.
She was the best neighbor anyone could have. When I had family losses, she was the first one to call or show up. Christmas was a tradition for us and that never stopped.
I can’t imagine a world without Sandy Ferguson. She has touched so many lives around the globe. I am lucky that she moved to the house that she did for I gained an entire family with Sandy, Ron and the girls.
God has a plan for her and I understand why! Fly high with the angels. May you RIP now for you have no more pain! Always in my heart with love!
Posted by Margaret Hodges on August 20, 2022
Sandy was one of the First people I met in the BWC back in the 80’s
She greatly put her heart into each life and ministry she touched throughout her many years of unwavering service
With deepest love and gratitude for all she did in and through the Deaf Community of the BWC
She will be greatly be missed, yet forever loved and remembered for her rare and extraordinary spiritual gifts she brought to all she did
Posted by Leo Yates on August 20, 2022
In loving memory of Ms. Sandra Ferguson

We the Deaf, Hard of Hearing. and Disability communities of the Baltimore- Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church extend our deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Sandra Ferguson at the time of her passing.

Whereas Sandy demonstrated throughout her life a sincere and obedient walk with God through faithful ministry in the church and promoted inclusion and justice ministries wherever she served.

Whereas Sandy was a faithful staff member of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and promoted Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Disability ministries in many ways: supported the ministries of the Deaf churches, helped to establish the Deaf Shalom Zone, supported the Deaf ministries in Kenya and Zimbabwe, supported the Deaf and Deaf Blind Camps, supported the training events at the conference as well as the connectional church, supported the inclusion of people with disabilities in all conference committees and work areas, supported the presence of people with disabilities in the sessions of annual conference, and personally attended many events that were hosted by the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Disability committees and churches.

Whereas her passing brings tears and sadness, we are encouraged and consoled by the words of our God who said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,”

Therefore, be it resolved that we embrace the memory of Ms. Sandra Ferguson and pray for the tender mercies of the Lord to comfort her family. We are reminded of the promises of eternal life and the “peace that passes understanding” that will be theirs at this time.

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Posted by Ann Price on September 1, 2022
To Sandy Ferguson with fond memories,
Rest in peace knowing that this world is a better place because you were here. Thank you for your legacy of “Love in Action – Now”. Your dedicated and innovative spirit will linger with us forever.
Ann Price, Peace with Justice Coordinator
Baltimore-Washington Conference, 2013-2017
Posted by Kim Capps on August 23, 2022
Deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all of Sandy's family. She had such a significant impact on the conference, and and it's ministries, and on so many individuals. She did so much! Prayers for peace.
Posted by Linda Yost on August 22, 2022
Sandy was a strong proponent of Mission u, or School of Christian Mission back in the day. She attended many of our Committee meetings as the liaison from the Baltimore-Washington Conference. This is where I first met Sandy and got to know her. She always had a kind word and a sweet smile for everyone!  God has a treasure now with Him in heaven! May the ever-encompassing arms of our Creator give strength and comfort to her family, friends and loved ones as they say good-bye while remembering the good times.
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Retirement After 29 Years

The Baltimore-Washington Conference celebrated Sandy's retirement in June 2015. Sandy served for 29 years for the conference. A quote from Bishop Marcus Matthews from October 2012, he said, “Sandy Ferguson is a woman of great integrity who has a passion for justice. She knows how to build meaningful partnerships that produce effective and vital ministries." 
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Shared by Neal Christie on August 22, 2022
Sandy was a tremendous ally on justice issues with the General Board of Church and Society. Over the years my colleagues and I relied on her wisdom and responsive passion to lift up relevant issues in the public square. Sandy spoke with conviction for the common good and was not afraid to take a risk and stand on the side of love and justice. She is appreciated for her legacy and will be missed. 

Tributes

Shared by Leo Yates on August 20, 2022
She was great, always thinking of Deaf missions. I attended meetings with her several times at Columbia, MD. A sweet lady. 
 ~ Darlene

Sandy WAS a wonderful woman and will be remembered with love.  Her family and friends will be in my prayers.
~ Rev. Nancy

Sandy was always the person who "got" Deaf Ministry and many other social justice issues.  Her love and support was an under-pinning that made for a strong robust Deaf Ministry possible through her advocacy for and with us. I personally am grateful for her support of the Deaf Shalom Zone and the difference that ministry made in the lives of thousands of Deaf people and their families and in my life as the director.

Blessings and peace to all who knew her.
~ Carol

I remember Sandy and her support for Deaf Ministry. It was always a pleasure to see her at meetings at the conference center. She would always say hello to the Deaf choir when we were in attendance at special events. Very loving spirit. Will pray for her family, and all who were touched by her presence.
~ LaSander

Sandy Ferguson had a disability and Deaf ministry heart! She supported this work in the annual conference and around the globe. The work she did lives on in the ministries and lives she touched.
~ Bishop Peggy

I will always remember the stories Sandy shared about my parents. Sandy's commitment to racial justice, social justice, and her dedication to the areas of Deaf Ministries and Disability Ministries will always be remembered. She was an advocate for many ministries. What a blessing she was. 
~ Rev. Leo

I remember Sandy. I was a newbie in Deaf Ministries in the BWC. She was very kind and I remember what an advocate she was. Prayers for her and her family.  God has a wonderful Angel in heaven now. 
~ Sarah