Betty Lou Furman of Wesley Village, Pittston Pa joined the heavenly chorus on January 1, 2015. Betty Lou was born in 1928 in Newport, Pa to the late Charles Daniel and Elsie Hutzley Henry. She moved to Mehoopany Pa with her parents and siblings in 1938 and graduated from Mehoopany High School in 1946. On January 10, 1947 she married Edward K. Furman and for more than 25 years they operated a dairy farm in Mehoopany.
She also ran a farm vacation business where guests stayed at their farm. The farm vacation business was an at home job that allowed her to pursue a career while raising three children. It also provided an opportunity to meet people and build lifelong friendships.
After selling their farm Betty Lou enrolled in Keystone College and worked for Procter and Gamble. She graduated in 1980, at the top of her class with an associate degree in business. She continued her educational pursuits at Wilkes University where she earned a BS in business in 1983.
Following graduation, Betty Lou served as the Executive Director of the Endless Mountains Tourism Bureau from 1983 to 1989. In 1985, she was named Woman of the Year by the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Womans Organization.
In 1989 through 1996 she was a missionary in Zimbabwe with her husband Edward, who by then was an ordained United Methodist minister. She taught homemaking classes and provided administrative support to the mission.
Throughout her life Betty Lou was active in the community and involved in her childrens activities. She was a Girl Scout troop leader for a number of years. She was also an active member of the Mehoopany United Methodist Church and held many positions at the church. While attending college she volunteered at Sky Lake Methodist camp, including taking young people on back packing treks in the Northeastern United States. She was a foster parent and mentor to many.
Betty Lou was a member and past president of the Mehoopany and Wyoming County Federated Womans Clubs. She served as a director for the Tunkhannock Joint School District.
Until her vision began to fail she was an avid traveler, visiting all 50 states and numerous countries around the world. After returning from Zimbabwe she volunteered at ECHO, a non-profit in North Fort Myers FL.
Betty Lou is survived by her husband of sixty-seven years, Reverend Edward K. Furman of Wesley Village, Pittston Pa and three children Jerome (Patty), Pottstown Pa, Karen Wargo of Mehoopany and Carolyn Jeannie Furman of Oshkosh, Wi. Also by nine grandchildren Justin (Amanda) Furman, Joshua Furman, Jennifer Knabb, Andrew Wargo, Rebecca (Eric) Peterson, Francis (Karen) Dymond, Shane (Rev. Renae) Dymond, Preston (Michelle) Dymond and Scott (Emily) Dymond. She leaves behind 17 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
Betty Lou was pre-deceased by sister and brother-in-law Clara Mae and Irving Witter, by brothers Charles Daniel Henry Jr., Carl Henry, Walter Henry and brother-in-law James Hamilton. She is survived by sisters Elsie Fay Hamilton, Ruth (Webb) Comfort, Kay (Al) Dymond and sisters-in-law Lenore Henry, Cindy Henry and Nancy Henry, as well as brother-in-law Clifton Furman. Additionally she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Wesley Village for their support, assistance and prayers. Special thanks to Marilyn Kilbourn for your help and support and also to Donna and Sacred Heart Hospice.
A celebration of Bettys life will be held on Friday January 23, 2015 at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc. 73 W. Tioga St. Tunkhannock from 6 to 8, with a memorial service on Saturday January 24th at 11 am from the Mehoopany United Methodist Church with Rev Jay Morris and Pastor Renae Dymond granddaughter of Mrs. Furman officiating.. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Norman & Lidia Myers Trust Fund c/o Wesley Village, 211 Roberts Road, Pittston Pa. 18640.