Friends and family are remembering Dr. Dorothey Anne “Dottie”Pernell-Saunders, a long time chiropractic physician, for her warm, caring nature and her deep dedication to faith.
For three 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 acted as a continuing education speaker and president of the Mississippi State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
“She enjoyed every client she ever saw,” said Eleanor Acosta, who had understood Dr. Pernell-Saunders for about 40 years and worked for her for around seven years. “They ended up being like family to her. They swapped recipes. It was fantastic.”
Acosta said Dr. Pernell-Saunders was “the best employer in the whole world” and “treated her team like her family members.”
For her work, Dr. Pernell-Saunders received many distinctions, from being selected frequently as the very best chiropractic practitioner in the area in the Commonwealth's People's Choice Awards to being recognized as one of the state's leading 50 organization women 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 out on,” District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham said.
Dr. Pernell-Saunders' child, Dr. Erin Jacobs Stagner, likewise a chiropractor, had actually worked with her mother at the exact same practice for several years.
“She was the epitome of positivity and wisdom,”Stagner said. “She enjoyed sports and shopping, cooking, spending time with her grandkids and at the lake home. She loved her work and her clients.
“She always made sure that those who didn't have regional household spent the holidays with ours,”Stagner said. “Mom never prepared a meal for only 2 individuals, and you never ever left her house without a Tupperware or a to-go plate.”
Dr. Pernell-Saunders also was known for her strong faith.
“Dottie Pernell was a dynamo of unconditional love. She utilized her medical practice to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ,” stated Magdalene Abraham, who had actually been good friends with Dr. Pernell-Saunders for 40 years.
Dr. Pernell-Saunders likewise had actually spent time 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 death is an excellent loss to our entire neighborhood and in specific to our Locus Benedictus group,” Abraham said, 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 married to George, she was so delighted. 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 numerous trips, shopping adventures, meals and vacations they shared.
“My mama had a servant's heart,”Stagner said. “There are a lot of times that she provided for others without recognition, in secret and compromising her time, money and energy.”