Mary Susan Furches, LCSW, 72, of Pfafftown and recently Asheville, died on Saturday, November 25th, of natural causes in Flat Rock, NC. Ms. Furches spent most of her professional life as a social worker in various settings, most notably at Baptist Hospital and for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system. Ms. Furches received her BA degree in Psychology from UNC-CH in 1975 and her Masters in Social Work from UNC-CH in 1998. She was a long-time member of the Wake Forest Baptist Church.
Ms. Furches is survived by her children and their spouses and partners: Jason John Hendrix (John Fritchie) of Asheville, NC, Tate French (Tammy French) of Lexington, NC, Mary Celeste French (Jared Moore) of Winston-Salem, NC, and Catherine French Nelson (Scott Nelson) of Groveland, FL; her granddaughters Mikaila O’Brien, Ashelyn Miller, Ciera Miller, and Maryanne Grace Nelson; her sister-in-law Ruby Shore Furches, and nephew John David Furches and his family. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas Jacob Furches and Myrtle Estelle Hendrix Furches, her brothers Joe Thomas Furches and David Lee Furches, and her nephew Robert Eugene Furches.
Ms. Furches enjoyed the company of good friends, gardening, music, being on the sands and waterways of Carteret County NC, and visiting the NC mountains.
A memorial service will be announced for this spring at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Elizabeth House in Flat Rock NC, the hospice that cared for her in her final days. Or as she once requested, “Plant something pretty for me once I’m gone”.