Friends and household are remembering Dr. Dorothey Anne “Dottie”Pernell-Saunders, a longtime chiropractic physician, for her warm, affectionate nature and her deep dedication to faith.
For three decades, she worked as a chiropractic doctor, serving patients 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 functioned as a continuing education speaker and president of the Mississippi State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
“She enjoyed every patient she ever saw,” said Eleanor Acosta, who had known Dr. Pernell-Saunders for about 40 years and worked for her for around 7 years. “They became like household to her. They swapped dishes. It was amazing.”
Acosta stated Dr. Pernell-Saunders was “the best boss in the whole world” and “treated her group like her relative.”
For her work, Dr. Pernell-Saunders received various distinctions, from being selected routinely as the best chiropractic doctor in the area in the Commonwealth's People's Choice Awards to being recognized as one of the state's top 50 service females in 2017 by the Mississippi Business Journal.
The Leflore County Board of Supervisors honored her Monday with a resolution.
“She was terrific, and she will be missed,” District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham stated.
Dr. Pernell-Saunders' daughter, Dr. Erin Jacobs Stagner, also a chiropractic specialist, had actually worked with her mom at the same practice for several years.
“She was the epitome of positivity and knowledge,”Stagner said. “She enjoyed sports and shopping, cooking, hanging out with her grandkids and at the lake house. She enjoyed her work and her patients.
“She always made sure that those who didn't have regional family invested the holidays with ours,”Stagner stated. “Mom never ever prepared a meal for only two individuals, and you never left her home without a Tupperware or a to-go plate.”
Dr. Pernell-Saunders also was understood for her strong faith.
“Dottie Pernell was a dynamo of genuine love. She used her medical practice to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Magdalene Abraham, who had been pals with Dr. Pernell-Saunders for 40 years.
Dr. Pernell-Saunders likewise had hung around at Locus Benedictus, the spiritual retreat center that Abraham directs. Dr. Pernell-Saunders hoped with individuals, planned retreats, held Bible classes and led the center's outreach group, Special Blessings.
“Her passing is a great loss to our whole 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 husband, George Saunders, whom she married in February, attended First Baptist Church in Itta Bena.
“When she got wed to George, she was so happy. He made her just so happy, like a teen in love,” Acosta said.
Stagner said a few of her fondest memories with her mother include the various trips, shopping experiences, meals and holidays they shared.
“My mother had a servant's heart,”Stagner said. “There are a lot of times that she provided for others without recognition, in secret and sacrificing her time, money and energy.”