Elizabeth H. Furniss

elizabeth furniss

May 8, 1930 ~ October 18, 2021

Born in: Mahaffey, PA
Resided in: Hendersonville, NC

Elizabeth H. Furniss, 91, passed away Monday, October 18, 2021, at the Life Care Center of Hendersonville.

Mrs. Furniss was born May 8, 1930, in Mahaffey, PA to the late Fred Wilbert and Elsie Learn Henry. Along with her husband, the Rev. Donald R. Furniss, she served as a missionary in Cambodia from 1956 to 1965. She also assisted him as he pastored churches in Pitman, NJ and Upper Darby, PA. They moved to Asheville in 1980 where he served the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. In addition she worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, the Rev. Donald R. Furniss; a daughter Beth Ellen Nelson and her husband Eric of Fletcher and two grandchildren, Michael Nelson and Connie Nelson. She was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth Jarrett and Martha Uhlinger, and two brothers, Paul Henry and Leo Henry.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 6, in the Lake Julian chapel of Groce Funeral Home, 72 Long Shoals Road, Arden. Private inurnment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Alliance Church, 1821 Windsor Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28791.


Memorial Service: November 6, 2021 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. To Don and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We remember and give thanks for Beth and her model of Christian service. We are better because of her life and example.

  2. My deepest sympathy to the family. Beth was a lovely lady and a gracious neighbor and I will miss her pleasant smile.

  3. What a wonderful woman, wife, mother, friend and servant of our Lord. My deepest condolences and respect. She lived a life of service to others. May God give Don and family good memories and strength through this sad loss. We rejoice that she is now with our God.

  4. Don, Frances and I always remember the few social times we had with you and Beth. Frances remarked how beautiful she was and how you appeared as a loving couple. I know your shared life was a rich journey of love and ministry. I pray for you, my friend, as you walk the hard journey of grief. May our Lord, the One aquatinted with grief, empower and comfort you along the way.

  5. I love you all so much. What a marvelous legacy to celebrate this day. May His Spirit comfort and encourage you every hour.

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