Mildred Maxine Furnas died July 16, 2007, in Mesa. She was born May 30, 1932, in Tucson, to Ada Belle (Stone) and Earl Griffin Brown Sr.
She graduated from Tempe Union High School in 1950. In June of that year, she married her high school sweetheart, Billy E. Furnas. Their loving union lasted almost 55 years, with the passing of Billy in 2005. She made her home in Payson for the past 13 years.
She enjoyed being a homemaker, raising her four children. She was a caring and compassionate person who fed and clothed the less fortunate, everywhere she lived. She was one of the founding members of Fountain of Life Lutheran Church in Tucson, Ariz. Mildred belonged to their Women's Guild there, always helping others.
Mrs. Furnas worked outside the home to help put her husband through college.
She is survived by her sisters, Elouise Baatz-Bomyea of Palo Verde, Calif., Earlene (Lloyd) Alexander of Phoenix; brother, Earl Griffin "Griff" (Sarah) Brown Jr. of Payson; daughters, Paulette (Paul) Sunley of Allen, Texas, Jeanette Lawrence of Payson, sons, David (Dale) Furnas of Mesa and Paul Furnas of Sahuarita. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, Laura, Tara, Clayton, Bryan, Daniel, James, Giana, Cade, Jade, Eric, Nicole and Philip; and nine great-grandchildren; loving nieces; nephews; and children adopted by love and dear friends who will sorely miss her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Billy E. Furnas and two younger sisters, Shirley Kubik-Mitchell and Barbara Pies.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 21 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Todd Arnold. Graveside service will follow at Mountain Meadows Memorial Garden. Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home. Contributions, if desired, may be made to Mildred's favorite charity at www. haitianstreetkids.com.