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Nelda Shaw Furlow

Nelda Shaw Furlow, 85, of Brookhaven, died at King’s Daughters Medical Center on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 23 from First United Methodist Church in Brookhaven.

Mrs. Furlow moved to Brookhaven to attend Whitworth College after graduating from her high school in San Antonio, Texas. After two years at Whitworth, she transferred to LSU, where she received a B.A. in Speech. She then returned to Whitworth to teach, and she met and married Brookhaven native William L. Furlow after he returned from service in World War II.

For 17 years, she ran the Red Cross office in Lincoln County. She was active in the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries and received the Brookhaven Chapter’s first Golden Crown Award in 1989. Among her other volunteer activities were reading to the blind over Mississippi Public Broadcasting, teaching adults to read and tutoring elementary students in reading, something she did until near the end of her life.

Among her proudest accomplishments were helping found the Brookhaven Little Theatre.

Preceding her in death were her husband, William Lowry Furlow; her parents, Albert Watson and Marion Sharp Shaw; her sister, Edna Lee Shaw; and her brother, Albert W. Shaw.

Survivors include: sons, William Albert Furlow and wife Davilynn, of Natchez, Ransome Shaw Furlow, of Wesson, and Albert Brown Furlow, of New York City, N.Y.; daughter, Suellen Furlow, of Laurel; grandchildren, Richard Bennett Furlow and Ransome Cole Furlow; and great-granddaughter, Julia Marie Furlow.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Children’s Home, P. O. Box 2589, Madison, MS 39130; the Brookhaven Little Theatre; or the Special Olympics.

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