Pearl Gray Canterbury Furr died on May 9, 2007 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi. Mrs. Furr was born February 2, 1927 in Alderson, West Virginia to Dewey Price Canterbury and Edith Pearl Rader. She married Marion Hansell (John) Furr in Lovely Lane Methodist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 13, 1946. Prior to her recent illness, she lived in a cottage at Traceway Methodist Retirement Community in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Pearl moved many times with her husband and children while John pursued a 23 year military career. They eventually ended up living in Oxford, Mississippi, from 1970 to 1976 where she worked at Ole Miss first as the AFROTC secretary and later in the Bursar’s office. She and John moved to Tupelo where Pearl worked until retirement in 1989 at the Ole Miss Extension Nursing Program office. In 1991 they moved to Montgomery, Alabama, when their last two grandchildren were born. In 2004 they moved to Traceway Manor in Tupelo.
During those military years Pearl didn’t just set up a house for the family every time the military moved them, she made a loving home. Often faced with going it alone while her husband was gone on military deployments, Pearl nurtured their children, managed the home, and passed on her Christian values to her children. She lived Proverbs 31:10-31.
No matter how scattered around the world Pearl’s family was, home was always where mother was. She took great joy in her children and in being a West Virginia girl. She never passed up an opportunity to brag on both. “Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:28.
Pearl had the gift of opening her heart and her home to anyone in need. Forever enriched are those whose lives she touched with her love, understanding, and acceptance. Her sense of humor and fun lifted the spirits of all who knew her. She truly never met a stranger. “Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:31
Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and three sisters: Victoria, Gladys, and Phyllis and her brother Paul. She is survived by her four children, Mary Louise Furr and her husband Felix Charles DiPalma, Jr., of Texas, William Frazier Furr and wife Martha of Montgomery, Alabama, Joseph Patrick Furr and his wife Dorothy of Great Falls, Montana, and Elizabeth Anne (Libby) Furr of Oxford, Mississippi. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and nine nieces and nephews.
At the family’s request a private memorial service was held; Mr. and Mrs. Furr’s cremains will be kept by their youngest daughter, Elizabeth. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to The Salvation Army or the Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
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