CASTINE – Martha Elizabeth Ferguson, 78, died peacefully Aug. 13, 2005, at the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 13, 1926 in Boston, Mass., the daughter of William H. and Vera S. (Whitton) Collins. An artist specializing in still life, landscape and pottery, Martha attended the Massachusetts College of Art, where she met instructor, Alan Ferguson, who later became her husband. Martha and Alan settled in Alan’s hometown of Stow, Mass., where they lived for three decades and taught art in the local public school system before choosing an early retirement. They were very active in the Unitarian Church and numerous town choruses, and were well- known for their original musical stage plays performed by area residents, including the historical comedy “01775”, (the zip code for Stow), “Once Upon Another Actor”, and “Something About Rome”. In the mid-60’s, Martha and Alan fell in love with Castine, and purchased a home there, where they continued to summer for many years. In 1986, they relocated to Castine permanently. In Castine, Martha continued her artistic pursuits and received praise for numerous pieces selected for local exhibits. Martha and Alan were well known and well liked in the area and had many dear friends who appreciated their abundant kindness, intelligence, artistic talent and sense of humor period. Martha is survived by a sister, June W. Patriquin of Reading, Mass.; a brother, John V. Collins of Port Orchard, Wash.; a brother-in-law, Whitney T. Ferguson of Vernon, Conn. Though they never had children of their own, they were loved deeply by many surviving nieces and nephews, including Jean Friedman of King of Prussia, Pa., Douglas Alan Patriquin of Lynnfield, Mass., Lauren Patriquin-Muise of Wakefield, Mass., Sarah Ferguson of Waltham, Mass., Daniel Ferguson of Manlius, N.Y., Amy Ferguson of Van Nuis, Calif., Cynthia Ferguson of Winsor, Conn., and Bruce Ferguson of Millwood, N.Y. Martha was predeceased by her husband, Alan H. Ferguson; her sister, Myrtle E. Collins; her brothers, Maurice R. and Harold E. Collins; and a nephew, Whitney T. “Tack” Ferguson III. Private committal will be at Brookside Cemetery, Stow, Mass. A reception to honor Martha in Castine will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Castine Unitarian Church, P.O. Box 520, Castine, ME 04421 or Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 823, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St., Blue Hill.