Friends and family are remembering Dr. Dorothey Anne “Dottie”Pernell-Saunders, a long time chiropractic doctor, for her warm, caring nature and her deep devotion to faith.
For three decades, she worked as a chiropractic practitioner, serving patients through her own practice in addition to student-athletes at Mississippi Valley State University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Jackson State University.
In addition, she had actually functioned as a continuing education speaker and president of the Mississippi State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
“She enjoyed every patient she ever saw,” stated Eleanor Acosta, who had known Dr. Pernell-Saunders for about 40 years and worked for her for around seven years. “They ended up being like household to her. They switched recipes. It was remarkable.”
Acosta stated Dr. Pernell-Saunders was “the very best boss in the entire world” and “treated her team like her family members.”
For her work, Dr. Pernell-Saunders got various distinctions, from being picked routinely as the best chiropractic physician in town in the Commonwealth's People's Choice Awards to being recognized as one of the state's top 50 organization females in 2017 by the Mississippi Business Journal.
The Leflore County Board of Supervisors honored her Monday with a resolution.
“She was great, and she will be missed,” District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham stated.
Dr. Pernell-Saunders' child, Dr. Erin Jacobs Stagner, also a chiropractic specialist, had actually dealt with her mother at the same practice for a number of years.
“She was the embodiment of positivity and knowledge,”Stagner stated. “She liked sports and shopping, cooking, spending quality time with her grandkids and at the lake home. She loved her work and her patients.
“She constantly made certain that those who didn't have regional household invested the vacations with ours,”Stagner stated. “Mom never ever prepared a meal for only 2 individuals, and you never left her house without a Tupperware or a to-go plate.”
Dr. Pernell-Saunders likewise was known for her strong faith.
“Dottie Pernell was an eager beaver of unconditional love. She used her medical practice to announce the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Magdalene Abraham, who had been buddies with Dr. Pernell-Saunders for 40 years.
Dr. Pernell-Saunders also had actually hung out at Locus Benedictus, the spiritual retreat center that Abraham directs. Dr. Pernell-Saunders hoped with individuals, planned retreats, held Bible classes and led the center's outreach group, Special Blessings.
“Her passing is a fantastic loss to our entire community and in specific to our Locus Benedictus team,” Abraham stated, including, “We hope that we can use her Christian design to live the gospel as she did.”
Dr. Pernell-Saunders and her spouse, George Saunders, whom she married in February, went to First Baptist Church in Itta Bena.
“When she got wed to George, she was so happy. He made her just so pleased, like a teen in love,” Acosta said.
Stagner stated some of her fondest memories with her mother consist of the various trips, going shopping adventures, meals and holidays they shared.
“My mother had a servant's heart,”Stagner stated. “There are a lot of times that she did for others without acknowledgment, in secret and compromising her time, money and energy.”
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