Wardena Isabelle Furlow

Sep 22nd, 1922 - Oct 9th, 2019


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sat, Oct. 12th, 2019 11 am - 1 pm


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sat, Oct. 12th, 2019 1 pm


Egyptian Memorial Gardens

Sat, Oct. 12th, 2019

Wardena Isabelle Furlow

Wardena Isabelle (Gray) Furlow (97), of Crab Orchard, went to meet Jesus at 11:20 p.m. on October 9th, 2019.  She departed this life surrounded by family at Herrin Hospital.

She was born on September 23rd 1922 to Ward Tegue and Letha Isabelle (Hayden) Gray.  She married Lester Eugene Furlow on November 11th 1939.  They lived in Crab Orchard, Illinois where they grew up, raised their children, and grew old together.  They shared 70 years of marriage before he passed on May 6th 2010 at age 95.  Lester and Wardena were blessed with five children:  son Larry (Sharon) Furlow, daughter Adena (Bob) Jones, daughter Lana (Dale) Mitchell, son Fred Furlow, and daughter Dianne (Gary) Parks.  She had twelve grandchildren, Stacey (Rick) Littman, Mark (Sara) Furlow, Scott (Trina) Jones, Susan Jones, Sendi (Quinn) Laird, Sherri (Mike) Jones-Gravatt, Leah (William) Booker, Christina (Louie) Johnson, Doug (Jennifer) Furlow, Darren (Judy) Parks, Angi Kelley, and Courtney (Jason) Chamness. She had 33 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. Sister-in-laws – Irene Hicks, Wilma Loller, Genevieve Spiller and several nieces and nephews. 

Wardena will be remembered by her family as an avid quilter and gardener.  She spent most of her free time making quilts for her family or tending to her garden. 

Wardena was a lifetime member of Arnold View Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lester, her granddaughter Carol Robinson, and her grandson Eric Furlow. Sisters – Anna Williamson, Alice Sudmeder and Brothers – Josh, Milton, Donald and Wayne Gray.

Funeral services for Wardena will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral home with Brother Ivan Ryan officiating.  Burial will follow in Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy.  Visitation is from 11 am until the time of service at the funeral home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Shiners Children’s Hospital.  Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois  62959. 

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5 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Sharon S Emery

    From: NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pennsylvania

    Date: October 10, 2019

    So sorry to hear of the passing of this precious Christian lady. To Lana, Dale, Diane, Gary and the rest of your wonderful family, may God wrap His loving arms around you during this time and in the coming days ahead. But may we all remember that God has welcomed another angel home to be with Him and those who she has missed and longed to be with for so long. God bless you all and keep you.

  • Guest: Dianne Artis

    From: goreville , Illinois

    Date: October 11, 2019

    she had a great sense of humor–loved her like my grandma-..she was always grateful for what you helped her with..and that smile
    May the angels wings comfort all

  • Guest: Crystal

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: October 11, 2019

    She was such a sweet lady ! She couldn’t always remember my name but she knew i was one of Jeffs girls ..lol . Very pleasant lady it was an honor to know her !

    Love Chris

  • Guest: Sue and Russell

    From: North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    Date: October 11, 2019

    Sendi so sorry to hear the passing of your Grandmother

  • Guest: Tammy Adams-Karl

    From: Belleville, Illinois

    Date: October 12, 2019

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Hold the memories close at heart.