Friends and family are remembering Dr. Dorothey Anne “Dottie”Pernell-Saunders, a longtime chiropractic specialist, for her warm, affectionate nature and her deep dedication to faith.
For three decades, she worked as a chiropractic physician, serving clients 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.
Furthermore, 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 understood Dr. Pernell-Saunders for about 40 years and worked for her for around 7 years. “They ended up being like family to her. They switched dishes. 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 numerous distinctions, from being selected regularly as the best chiropractic practitioner in town in the Commonwealth's People's Choice Awards to being acknowledged as one of the state's leading 50 service women 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 out on,” District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham said.
Dr. Pernell-Saunders' daughter, Dr. Erin Jacobs Stagner, likewise a chiropractor, had worked with her mom at the exact same practice for a number of years.
“She was the epitome of positivity and wisdom,”Stagner stated. “She enjoyed sports and shopping, cooking, spending time with her grandkids and at the lake house. She loved her work and her clients.
“She constantly ensured that those who didn't have regional household invested the vacations with ours,”Stagner stated. “Mom never prepared a meal for only two 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 used her medical practice to announce the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Magdalene Abraham, who had actually been pals with Dr. Pernell-Saunders for 40 years.
Dr. Pernell-Saunders also had actually spent time 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 an excellent loss to our entire community and in particular to our Locus Benedictus group,” 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 wed in February, attended First Baptist Church in Itta Bena.
“When she got married to George, she was so pleased. He made her so delighted, like a teen in love,” Acosta stated.
Stagner said some of her fondest memories with her mom include the various getaways, going shopping adventures, meals and vacations they shared.
“My mama had a servant's heart,”Stagner said. “There are so many times that she did for others without recognition, in secret and sacrificing her time, cash and energy.”