Iva was born in Waskada, Manitoba on October 7, 1928. She was the third child of four children born to George and Grace Ferguson. Iva grew up in Melita, Manitoba where she went to school and worked hard on the farm, delivered papers and milk in town and later worked in a general store to help support her family. Iva was just 11 when her dad left for WWII. These were hard years for the family, who moved from the farm into the town of Melita when her Dad went to war and all of the kids worked hard to support the family.
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After the war, life improved and Iva worked at a local grocery store after finishing school and moved to Winnipeg in 1949 where she worked in the office of a dental lab. It was after the war that Iva began dating Jack Hodgins and in October of 1951, Iva and Jack were married and Iva joined Jack in Melfort where he had recently been transferred. Jack and Iva made Melfort their home where they stayed for the next 65 years.
Iva worked in the Safeway store in Melfort until her and Jack began a family. They welcomed their children John, Sherry, Jim and Laurie and were blessed with a happy and healthy, close-knit family. After the kids grew older, Iva had several jobs in retail and spent nearly 20 years working at Assaly’s Jewellery, loved every minute of it and worked there until she retired in 1995.
Over the years Iva created a home where she held many family celebrations, holidays and welcomed many visitors. She was a great entertainer and a good cook and enjoyed hosting get togethers for family and friends. She loved her large yard and she spent many happy hours on her vegetable garden and with her flowers. She had a creative eye and enjoyed decorating her house and designing her yard. Iva and Jack also spent many years at their spot at Emma Lake where you could find them every summer weekend enjoying the company of friends. Iva made friends easily and was a loyal and trusted friend to many.
Iva was first generation Canadian and was proud of her Scottish heritage and spoke often of the “old country” where her family was from and many still lived. She instilled in her family the importance of being proud of their heritage.
Above all else, family was the most important thing to Iva. She taught her family about strength, kindness and compassion and was relied upon by her family for her advice, support and wisdom. Throughout her life she approached everything with strength, determination and a sense of humour. Her legacy lives on in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Iva and Jack moved to Saskatoon in 2016. After Jack passed away, Iva moved to Diamond House in Warman, where she lived at the time of her passing. Iva passed away in City Hospital in Saskatoon on August 13th. She leaves to mourn her son John Hodgins and John’s children Alanna (Shea) Ferguson, Laurel Hodgins, and Connor (Michelle) & son Henry Hodgins; the children of her late daughter Sherry Hodgins: Jodi (Dustin) Derkach & daughters Mya and Zoe, and Jeff (Megan) Olchowy; son-in-law Fred Burlock; son Jim Hodgins; daughter Laurie (Colin) Kennedy and their children Alisha Kennedy (Ben Gallop) and Amanda (Chad) Ferguson. Iva also leaves to mourn her sister Reta Murray as well as a special childhood friend and “sister” Beth Anderson.
Iva was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Jack Hodgins, her beloved daughter Sherry Hodgins in 2009 and daughter-in-law Sandra Hodgins in 2015. She was also predeceased by her parents George and Grace Ferguson; father-in-law Thomas Hodgins; brothers Jimmy Ferguson and Dennis Ferguson; sisters-in-law Willene Ferguson, Dorothy Ferguson, Nadine Campbell and Dorothy Hodgins; and brothers-in-law Keith (Tuck) Murray, Harvey Hodgins, Lloyd Hodgins and Bruce Campbell.
Rest in Peace to our dear Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, Auntie and friend. It felt like home wherever you were, and we will always hold a special piece of home in our hearts. We love you.