Friends and family are remembering Dr. Dorothey Anne “Dottie”Pernell-Saunders, a long time chiropractor, for her warm, caring nature and her deep dedication to faith.
For 3 years, she worked as a chiropractic doctor, serving patients through her own practice as well as student-athletes at Mississippi Valley State University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Jackson State University.
In addition, she had worked as a continuing education speaker and president of the Mississippi State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
“She enjoyed every client she ever saw,” stated Eleanor Acosta, who had actually understood Dr. Pernell-Saunders for about 40 years and worked for her for around 7 years. “They ended up being like household to her. They swapped recipes. It was fantastic.”
Acosta stated Dr. Pernell-Saunders was “the best manager in the whole world” and “treated her team like her relative.”
For her work, Dr. Pernell-Saunders received various awards, from being picked regularly as the best chiropractor in town in the Commonwealth's People's Choice Awards to being acknowledged 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 terrific, and she will be missed out on,” District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham stated.
Dr. Pernell-Saunders' daughter, Dr. Erin Jacobs Stagner, likewise a chiropractic doctor, had dealt with her mom at the very same practice for several years.
“She was the embodiment of positivity and knowledge,”Stagner said. “She loved sports and shopping, cooking, spending quality time with her grandkids and at the lake home. She enjoyed her work and her clients.
“She always made sure that those who didn't have regional family invested the vacations with ours,”Stagner stated. “Mom never ever cooked a meal for just 2 individuals, and you never ever 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 genuine love. She utilized her medical practice to declare the gospel of Jesus Christ,” stated Magdalene Abraham, who had actually been buddies with Dr. Pernell-Saunders for 40 years.
Dr. Pernell-Saunders likewise had hung around at Locus Benedictus, the spiritual retreat center that Abraham directs. Dr. Pernell-Saunders prayed with individuals, prepared retreats, held Bible classes and led the center's outreach group, Special Blessings.
“Her death is an excellent loss to our entire neighborhood and in specific to our Locus Benedictus team,” Abraham stated, adding, “We hope that we can utilize her Christian model to live the gospel as she did.”
Dr. Pernell-Saunders and her spouse, George Saunders, whom she married in February, participated in First Baptist Church in Itta Bena.
“When she got wed to George, she was so pleased. He made her so pleased, like a teenager in love,” Acosta said.
Stagner stated a few of her fondest memories with her mother consist of the many getaways, shopping adventures, meals and vacations they shared.
“My mother had a servant's heart,”Stagner stated. “There are many times that she provided for others without recognition, in secret and sacrificing her time, cash and energy.”