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Ethel R. (Cavanaugh) Furbish

February 17, 1938 ~ October 21, 2020 (age 82)


The life of Ethel R. “Dutchie” Furbish. She was born February 17, 1938 in Wichita, Kansas. She acquired the nickname “Dutchie” from her time spent with her uncle, who was Dutch, and taught her that language. Dutchie married an Air Force soldier, and they moved often: Kansas, Louisiana, Hawaii, Idaho, and Nevada. She was a school bus driver in Idaho. Back in Wichita, Kansas, she worked for Cessna, and as an avionics assembler at Boeing. Along with raising her own children, Dutchie was a foster parent for many children in need. She was a doll maker and lover of Boston terriers. She married Bob in 1982, and in 1987 they moved to Forsyth. In 1990 she was diagnosed with leukemia, an illness she battled until the end of her life on October 21, 2020.

Dutchie was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Johnny and Charles. Surviving sons are Jeff, Rick, and Heath. Also surviving her are her brother Butch, her sisters Margie, Billy, Jeanie, and Mary, and many grand-, great-grand-, and great-great-grandchildren.

The family will bury Dutchie in mid-May 2021 at the family plot in Goddard, Kansas

As pink was Dutchie's favorite color it would be appreciated for all attending to wear something pink in her honor. 

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