Shelva Furness

Obituary of Shelva J. Furness

Waterport: Shelva J. Furness, 82 of Waterport, NY passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thurs. June 18th after a long illness. Shelva was born January 26, 1938 in Ohio, the daughter of Austin and Rachel Coy. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Harold Furness, Jr., siblings, Glenn Grubb, Harvey Grubb, Clifford Park, Freda LaRoche, Jean Mayer, Beverly Gould, William Grubb and Loretta Morrow. She was raised on a farm and enjoyed riding horses. Shelva adored Elvis Presley, enjoyed watching wildlife from her porch and loved her dogs, especially her beloved “Beebee”. Shelva will be remembered as the most kind hearted, understanding and graceful soul to her family and friends. She was a loving wife, amazing mother and sweetest grandmother to all her grandchildren. She was devoted to her family, friends and faith. She is survived by her son, Joseph (Kelly) Furness and daughter, Patty Ryan. She is also survived by her grandsons Jessie Walls, Randy Ryan, Jason Conn and Brody Furness and granddaughters Shelley (Steve) Sherman and Jaden Conn and great-granddaughter Lily Sherman and sisters-in-law Shirley Gould, Sybil (Jim) Herring, Eleanor Furness, Janet Reis, Barbara (Bill) Schuler, Anita Furness, Judy Furness, Mary Furness, brother in law Leroy Furness, several nieces and nephews, family and friends and her best friends Phyllis Conn and Carole Patterson. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 W. Avenue, Albion, on Monday June 22, from 4:00-7:00. (Mask required) A private funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday followed by burial at Mt. Albion Cemetery at 12:00 (enter at West Gate). To view her funeral service live at the funeral home, use the following link: Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 or the Kendall United Methodist Church, 1808 Kendall Rd. Kendall, NY 14476. To share a special memory of Shelva, please visit

Calling Hours

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, June 22, 2020
Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home - Albion
21 West Avenue
Albion, New York, United States
(585) 589-4471

Graveside Service

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Mt. Albion Cemetery
Rte. 31
Albion, New York, United States
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