We have received word of the death of Margaret Furness, mother of Margie Brubaker of Frederick, Md. Margie is the wife of Pastor Michael Brubaker of the Grace Community Church, a Grace Brethren church in Frederick.
Mrs. Furness died on June 16, 2007 at the age of 88. Funeral information and an obituary are included below.
Tuesday, June 19
Stauffer’s Funeral Home on Opposumtown Pike
2:00-4:00 p.m., 7:00-9:00 p.m
Wednesday, June 20
Grace Community Church Chapel
Luncheon Reception immediately following
(There will be no internment service in Maryland)
Margaret Selena Furness, 88, died in Frederick, Md. on June 16, 2007. She was born to Lawrence and Lillian in Newark, N.J. Like them, she lived a life of service to God, her family, and Christian ministry.
As a child, she helped her father distribute bread during the depression when he was superintendent of Newark’s Goodwill Home and Rescue Mission. She taught Sunday school and played piano for services and radio broadcasts. A 1938 graduate of Barringer High School and later of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, she became a pastor’s wife in 1945 when she married the late Rev. Dr. Charles Y. Furness. Charles and Margaret had three children: Lawrence, Janet, and Margery. She retired from the staff of Philadelphia Biblical University in 1982.
Margaret Furness was a lifetime member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Goodwill Home and Rescue Mission, Newark, N.J. A resident of Frederick when she died, Margaret volunteered at Care Net Pregnancy Center of Frederick, Homewood at Crumland Farms, and Grace Community Church, where she taught Bible studies for adults. In 2005, she was awarded the Alumni Appreciation Award by the Alumni Association at Philadelphia Biblical University, Langhorne, Pa.
Margaret is survived by three children, Lawrence, who is married to Sandra; Janet; and Margery, who is married to Michael Brubaker; by a cousin, Neal Clarke; and by grandchildren: Philip and Amy Spressart, Jessie Spressart, Lauren and Justin Countee, Stephanie Furness and Shannon Kearns, Charlanne Brubaker, and Amy and Joshua Andrews.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Charles Y. Furness Social Work Endowment Fund at Philadelphia Biblical University, 200 Manor Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047 or to the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, 1045 Swift Street, Kansas City, MO 64116-4127.