Shelley Marie Ferguson
1962 ∼ 2017
Society for Melanoma researchShelley Marie Ferguson, of Nantucket, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at home, in her sleep, with her family by her side. She was 44. Shelley was born in Stoughton, Mass. Nov. 16, 1972, the daughter of Thomas and Jayne Lewis. She graduated from Brockton High School and Wheelock College, and worked in data management in the finance industry in Boston and London, followed by short periods as a nanny and ace coffee barista. She was co-owner of American Seasons restaurant with her husband Neil, but being a stay-at-home mom was her true calling. Shelley lived on Nantucket for the past six years, after four years in New York, nine in London and 25 in the Boston/South Shore area. She and Neil were married Aug. 13, 2005. A Bear Scout leader and cheerleader for the Westham United football team, she was also a kids party planner extraordinaire (it's all about the gift bag), an arts and crafts wiz and lover of all things sparkly. She was known for her love of cupcake frosting, being present, being filled with pure joy in the presence of children, being an amazing mother and being sassy and quick-witted. Her greatest achievement was her son Archie. Shelley was predeceased by her father. She is survived by her mother; her husband, Neil Ferguson and son Archie, both of Nantucket; and her sister, Laurie Karle. Services will be held at noon Tuesday, Jan. 10 at St. Mary's Our Lady of the Isle on Federal Street, followed by burial at Prospect Hill Cemetery off Somerset Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Society for Melanoma Research (www.societymelanomaresearch.org) or Sailing Heals (www.sailingheals.org).