Our loving mother, Josephine Oset Ferguson, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2018. Jo or Josie as she was known was born in Roundup to Frank and Mary Oset on September 9, 1926. Frank and Mary had emigrated from Austria and Slovenia respectively. Jo was most proud of her Slovenian heritage and spoke fluent Slovenian as a second language well into later life.
Jo was always very personable to all. She touched a great number of people and made many life-long friends in Roundup, Billings and elsewhere. She will be dearly missed by all who remain.
She grew up in Roundup, graduating from Roundup High at the top of her class. She went through training and served with The Army Nurses Corps in Great Falls where she met her future husband, Wayne Ferguson, who was stationed at the airbase there during the war. After they were married they settled in Roundup where they raised their three children, Frank, Kathleen and Michie. Jo worked in hospitals, courthouses and libraries, and was the accountant for Wayne’s business. But her main job was raising her children and being a caregiver for her family. Upon retiring they moved to Billings and became members of East Gate Wesleyan Church and enjoyed the company of their many friends.
Jo was an avid reader throughout her life sometimes reading several books a week and no morning was complete without her Billings Gazette. She did thousands of crosswords, sometimes complaining if they weren’t challenging enough.
She is survived by her son, Frank and his partner Tommie Schmidt, daughter, Kathleen and her husband John Bobinski and her grandchildren, Matthew, Adam and Eileen Bobinski. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne and her son Michie and his wife Dalauna.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at East Gate Wesleyan Church at a later date. She will be interred with her husband Wayne at Mountview Cemetery.
We are grateful for the loving care and comfort she received at St. Vincent Healthcare and at Riverstone Hospice Home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Eastgate Wesleyan Church, 625 Mattson Lane.