Born Mary Catherine Ferguson near Greenville, Ohio, the eldest of four daughters, to Carl Ferguson and Linda Belle Beanblossom Ferguson. The family moved to Oregon when Mary was a young girl where she graduated from Gervais High School, later married Marshall M. Barrett of Woodburn and lived out her life in Keizer.  Mary is survived by her son James M. Barrett of Salem, her daughter Linda K. Palmer of Aurora, and grandson James A. Austin of Portland.