Velma Ferguson, age 90, passed away on April 29, 2016. She was born to Clarence Clyde and Georgina (Owens) Ferguson on December 9, 1926 in North Carolina.

Her Baha’i faith was the anchor of her life and work. She did important pioneering work in countries in Africa and Asia including: Uganda, South Korea, and China. She was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Korea in 1986 and served for five years. She was an inspiring and transformative leader in Baha’i communities throughout the world.

She eventually settled in Colorado Springs, where she became a Volunteer Grandmother to the young people at Cedar Springs Hospital who were most in need of her compassion, generosity and humor. She continued to be a warm and inspiring presence to all who crossed her path.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Vernice; brothers: Clarence Clyde and Albert. She leaves behind four nieces: Cheryl, Claire, Hope and Eve and two nephews: Albert and Vernon as well as many grand- and great- nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Evergreen Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Baha’i Center, 1622 Rainier Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910.

Donations in her memory may be made to Volunteers of America.

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