Friends and household are keeping in mind Dr. Dorothey Anne “Dottie”Pernell-Saunders, a longtime chiropractic specialist, for her warm, caring nature and her deep dedication to faith.
For 3 years, she worked as a chiropractic practitioner, 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 functioned as a continuing education speaker and president of the Mississippi State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
“She liked every patient 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 became like family to her. They switched recipes. It was amazing.”
Acosta stated Dr. Pernell-Saunders was “the best boss in the whole world” and “treated her team like her member of the family.”
For her work, Dr. Pernell-Saunders got many accolades, from being selected regularly as the best chiropractic doctor in the area in the Commonwealth's People's Choice Awards to being recognized as one of the state's leading 50 company females in 2017 by the Mississippi Business Journal.
The Leflore County Board of Supervisors honored her Monday with a resolution.
“She was excellent, and she will be missed,” District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham said.
Dr. Pernell-Saunders' daughter, Dr. Erin Jacobs Stagner, likewise a chiropractic physician, had actually dealt with her mother at the exact same practice for a number of years.
“She was the epitome of positivity and wisdom,”Stagner said. “She enjoyed sports and shopping, cooking, hanging out with her grandkids and at the lake house. She liked her work and her patients.
“She constantly made sure that those who didn't have local household invested the vacations with ours,”Stagner said. “Mom never ever cooked a meal for just 2 people, and you never left her house without a Tupperware or a to-go plate.”
Dr. Pernell-Saunders also was understood 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 around at Locus Benedictus, the spiritual retreat center that Abraham directs. Dr. Pernell-Saunders prayed with individuals, planned retreats, held Bible classes and led the center's outreach group, Special Blessings.
“Her passing is a terrific loss to our whole neighborhood and in specific to our Locus Benedictus team,” Abraham stated, including, “We hope that we can utilize her Christian design to live the gospel as she did.”
Dr. Pernell-Saunders and her spouse, George Saunders, whom she wed in February, participated in First Baptist Church in Itta Bena.
“When she got wed to George, she was so pleased. He made her just so delighted, like a teenager in love,” Acosta said.
Stagner said some of her fondest memories with her mother include the various trips, shopping adventures, meals and holidays they shared.
“My mom had a servant's heart,”Stagner said. “There are numerous times that she provided for others without recognition, in secret and compromising her time, cash and energy.”