Elizabeth "Buffy" Marie Somers Ferguson

  • Born: December 16, 1967
  • Died: April 1, 2020
  • Location: Hickory Corners, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home Cremation Care, Richland Chapel

9170 East D Avenue
Richland, MI 49083

Tel. (269) 629-6022

Tribute & Message From The Family


Elizabeth "Buffy" Marie Somers Ferguson, 52 years old, of Hickory Corners, MI, went to be with her Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ on April 1st, 2020, from the home on Gull Lake where she was born and raised, surrounded by her loving family.

Buffy, as she was known by her friends and family, was born on December 16, 1967 in Kalamazoo, MI, to Bill and Jan Somers. She graduated from Gull Lake High School and received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of South Florida.

She was a talented volleyball player who was recruited by The Ohio State University where she injured her back during her freshman season, causing her to transfer to KVCC and Nazareth College where her team won a National Championship in 1990. Buffy attended Richland Bible Church as a young girl and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord & Savior there.

She married Tim Ferguson on July 6th, 1991 after Tim saw her picture in the Kalamazoo Gazette sports section. He saw her the same evening at the Bayview and told a friend he could marry that girl! Buffy moved to Ft. Myers, Florida in 1991 after their marriage and taught in the Lee County Schools and Evangelical Christian School, where she also coached volleyball. Her teams that included both of her daughters and husband as an assistant coach, were extremely successful reaching the FHSAA Elite Eight three times and State Runner-up in 2011. She also coached club volleyball for SW Sunset, Ft. Myers Fusion and USA South volleyball clubs and had multiple teams qualify for Nationals.

She loved coaching and watching her daughters compete in the sport she loved so much and was able to see them both play in college-Sydney (FGCU) and Taylor (Kalamazoo College). Buffy moved back to Hickory Corners in 2015 to care for her ailing father, allowing him to stay in the home he built on Gull Lake until his death in 2017. One of her dreams was to remodel her childhood home on the north end of Gull Lake which she was able to enjoy for a few months before she passed on. Buffy's main purpose on this earth was to encourage others and help people to face Cancer with grace and faith, after battling it herself for 18 years. She always had a strong will and positive outlook on life, enjoying it to its fullest. Shortly before passing, she told her husband she was ready to go "Home". After fighting this disease for so many years, she is finally at Peace.

She is survived by her husband, Tim Ferguson; two daughters, Sydney Elizabeth and Taylor Marie; and brother, William (Barbara) Somers III.

Funeral services and a Celebration of Buffy's Life will be held later in the year when it is safe to gather again. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hickory Corners Bible Church and/or Hospice Care of SW Michigan. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Buffy may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm late. I just ran across the obituary, but I'm so sad about Buffy's passing. I was the sports information director at Nazareth College from 1989 to 1991, and I remember Buffy very well. She was a really talented volleyball player on a team, coached by Carol Ann Davis, full of talented players. You don't win a national volleyball championship, even at the small-college level, without six people who play the game at a high level.

What I really remember about Buffy was how nice she was. She was always glad to see me, even though we didn't know each other very well. I particularly remember the last day that the Nazareth Sports Center was open, and I'd forgotten that the work study assignments ended that day. Buffy, who worked at the entry desk, smiled and waved and told me to have "a nice life." She meant that in a positive way, and I've had that. I get the impression that she did too, for most of her life. What a tragedy. I was just about to find her, after 29 years, to say hello. The moral of the story is that life is short--don't wait to reach out. Buffy, I'm sorry I waited too long.

Posted by Steve Marovich - Kenosha, WI - Friend   July 22, 2020

my deepest sympathy for everyone who loved her, I hope her love and joy will live with so get knew her and her brave battle against the big C. I unfortunately know what's required and know that it's the world against all three cancers in life.

Posted by Donn Hilker - Whitmire Lake, MI - Acquaintance   June 08, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Buffy's passing today. We were old High School friends and I am lucky to have many fond memories of times out on Gull Lake. She was such a strong, powerful, confident woman with a great spirit. My condolences to her family and brother Bill. Rest In Peace Buffy.

Posted by Hank Hultstrand - Eagle River, WI - Friend   April 19, 2020

Tim, I am so truly sorry for your loss. Buffy was a great girl and i know she will be soarly missed by you and your girls. We bought your lovely home on Twin Eagle and enjoyed it for over 13 years. We moved to Cross Creek a few years back; and sadly Bob passed away last fall from lung cancer. So I know it is not easy and takes a long while to fathom your life without them. I know we lost track of each other but wanted to pass on my sincere condolences. Best Regards, Barb Games

Posted by Barb Games - Ft Myers, FL - Neighbor   April 12, 2020

NazarethCollege friend, classmate, great volleyballplayer, andmort importantly a GREAT person!! To the Somers and Fergusonfamily,mydeepestand mostsincere condolences. Rest in peace my dear friend, God Bless.

Posted by Jerry Wheeler - South Haven, MI - Friend   April 09, 2020

Buffy and played volleyball for Nazareth, I was a freshman her senior year. She took me under her wing and was a great mentor and friend. I am sorry to hear the news of her death. My prayers go out to all her family.

Posted by Mary Wheeler Settlemier - NRH, TX - Classmate   April 08, 2020