Phyllis Ferguson will be the 2019 Grand Marshal of the Springfield St. Patrick’s Parade on March 16.
Ferguson is the Zone 1 City Councilwoman and Chief Operating Officer of Mexican Villa Restaurants. She is honored to represent the 40,000 residents of Northwest Springfield and be part of a locally owned family business that has served Springfield and the Ozarks since 1951.
Ferguson was appointed to City Council to represent Zone 1 in April, 2015 and elected in 2017 for the same seat. She currently serves on the Community Involvement Committee and the Public Involvement Committee
Ferguson has served as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Commercial Street Task Force, Sign Ordinance Review Task Force, and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
Ferguson’s civic involvement also includes her service as the Chair of the Neighborhood Advisory Council, President of the Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association, Developer of the Moon City Creative District, Elder at Woodland Heights Presbyterian Church, Co-Director, board member, and volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and Southwest Missouri Representative for Missouri Preservation.
Ferguson’s family hails from the Shannon and Dent County area, a splendid patch of Missouri backwoods known for its oak timber and fast-flowing rivers. The area was settled by Scotch-Irish immigrants who could scratch a living out of rocks and dirt, distill spirits, and dance a jig. Timeless and valuable accomplishments she holds in high esteem.
She will ride the green Cadillac in our parade in honor and memory of her grandmother, Annie Lee (Swiney) Woolsey, an Irish lass with twinkling green eyes, red hair, and the beauty of Ireland in her smile and soul.
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