DIXMONT - Brenda G Ferguson, 55, passed away March 23, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Bren was born July 9, 1959, in Rumford, a daughter of Edgar and Janice (Giambattista) Gallant.
Bren attended Rumford schools and was recognized as one of the top two student graduates of the Class of 1977. She then earned her B.S. degree from University of Maine/Farmington in 1981 and a M.Ed. in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. in 1983.
Bren married Doug Ferguson in 1983 and the happy couple lived as educators and dorm parents at Maine Central Institute for six years. She taught several hearing impaired students for six years for the Augusta school system, and in 1989, began working at the Etna/Dixmont School as a speech therapist when Bren and Doug moved to Dixmont in order to enjoy life and start a family.
Over the years, Bren and Doug were blessed with three beautiful children: Molly, Lucas, and Sadie. Bren's life-long love of art continued to grow, and she painted and became a self-taught artist. As her art sales grew, Bren decided to develop her talents, and she retired from the Etna/Dixmont School in 2002 in order to follow her passion for creating beautiful art.
Bren's career blossomed as she pursued her passion. Over the years, her work has been featured in American Artist Magazine, Bangor Metro, and several newspapers and magazines across New England. Her work is also on display in Daily Painting, a book dedicated to her by artist and friend Carol Marine. Bren's internet business expanded, and in 2008, she created her most locally famous work of art, "Just Add Water", the mural that adorns Hollywood Slots in Bangor.
Bren loved and celebrated every moment of her life and was a dear friend to many. She saw the best in everyone she met, and delighted in all that this beautiful world presented to her. In October 2014, she accepted her diagnosis of terminal cancer and squeezed every ounce out of her remaining 24 months after diagnosis. "I love life and believe in the Universe. I won't fight cancer, but will celebrate every moment of life and will be at peace when I journey to my next life. All of our lives will be enriched by this experience and when I pass, you will see and feel me as I will be part of the Universe."
Bren is survived by her husband, Doug of Dixmont; her children, Molly of Corinna, Lucas and Sadie both of Dixmont; her mother, Janice Gallant of Rumford; her mother in law, Barbara Ferguson of Fryeburg; brothers and sisters in law, Greg Dudley of Silver Springs, MD, Scott and wife Dawn Ferguson of Lovell, Dan and wife Janet Ferguson of Newry, and Rob Ferguson of Veazie; six nephews; four nieces; and several dear soul mates. She was predeceased by her father, Edgar, and her sister Cheryl.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday, March 28th at the Jubilee Family Worship Center, Elm Street, Newport, with Rev. Brian Woodbury officiating. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Hope Hospice, P. O. Box 70, Eddington, ME 04428. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com