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Monica Brooks Ferguson

Monica (Brooks) Ferguson, 86, passed away peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Wasco, California, attended Wasco High School and was married to Elmer Brooks for 51 years until his passing.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend.  Monica was dedicated to her family and Catholic faith.

Monica is survived by husband Joe Ferguson, her daughters Debbie Cronian (Rodger), Renee Briscoe (Michael), Cheryl Earnest (Kevin) and daughter-in-law Lori Brooks.  Grandchildren Kelly Cronian, Adam Guess, Jeff Guess (Elizabeth), Amy Guess, Deron Earnest (Lauren), Michael Earnest (Kortnie), Brittany McGlothin (Justin), Steven Brooks (Chrystal), 14 great-grandchildren, and sister Catherine Dounies.

Monica is preceded in death by husband Elmer Brooks, son Steven Brooks, parents Barbara and Frank Zeilman and siblings Elmer, Lawrence, Therese, Rosalind and Mary.    

Monica was employed by Brooks Brothers Interiors and worked side by side with Elmer and Bert Brooks. She was responsible for many aspects of the business including bookkeeping and rental property management until her retirement.  Her ability to sew beautiful draperies and window treatments, clothes, costumes and crafts can only be described as meticulous and exceptional.

Monica was an avid tennis player from high school through her 80’s.  She enjoyed much of her tennis time with Renee and many special friends.  She loved time with late husband Elmer at Lake Nacimiento with her children and their families fishing, boating and waterskiing.  Snowskiing, sailing, three-wheeling at the beach, camping and cruise vacations were also favorites.

In December, 2009 she married Joe Ferguson and continued her desire to travel.  She enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas, the beach and drives along the Pacific Coast.

Monica’s memory will forever be in our hearts.  Thank you to the entire staff of CBCC and Hoffmann Hospice for their care and compassion.

Rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. on May 7, 2021 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1800 Bedford Way, Bakersfield, CA followed by a funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hoffmann Hospice or Christ the King Building Fund.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no reception will follow.


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