Bertha Pauline “Polly” Furay

November 16, 1920 ‒ February 20, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Bertha Pauline “Polly” Furay, 98, of Delaware passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, February 20, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 16, 1920 in Union County, Ohio to the late James and Etta Mae (Bennett) Rouse.

A Delaware County resident for over 50 years, Polly attended Delaware Christian Church and later Compassion Christian Church. A farmer’s wife, she enjoyed sewing, flower gardening, canning, and working jigsaw puzzles and word searches. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Jack (Joan) Furay Jr. of Worthington, Jan O’Daniels of Delaware, Joyce Dennis of Delaware, and Jerry (Shari) Furay of Ashley; 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents, Polly was preceded in death by her loving husband Jack, daughter Judy Balzer, brother Chester Pearl Rouse, sisters Dorothy Louise Dowell and Madeline Curry, and sons-in-law Charles Dennis and Roy O’Daniels.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 2 – 4 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware, where services celebrating Polly’s life will follow at 4:00 pm with Rev. Al Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Alum Creek Cemetery.

Contributions in Polly’s memory may be made to the Compassion Christian Church, P.O. Box 36, Delaware, Ohio 43015

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Furay family.

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  • i am so sorry for the loss of dear Aunt Polly. As long as I can remember she was one of my favorite people. She was always so kind to me and seemed to be so happy and enjoy life. I loved the time I spent with your wonderful family on the farm. I am sure she is in Heaven with Uncle Jack and Judy and all her other loved ones. God has gained an Angel. My thoughts and prayers are with Jack, Jan, Joy and Jerry and all of your families who loved her dearly.

  • The Furay Family—- Jack ,Sorry to read the loss of your Mother passing. I didn’t know her well,but remember her baby sitting for a friend of mine from Lewis Center. She was a very nice Lady. She is in God’s hand’s now. William M Loop Jr

  • Grandma Polly,

    I will miss you so much. You were such a sweet grandmother and look so beautiful. I will cherish all the wonderful memories I had being with you. I look forward to the day we will meet again. Lots of love!!!

  • Mother,

    From the heart of a caregiver to my mom. How lucky I was to be able to care for you in my home. You cared for me while I was growing up and it was a blessing to do the same for you. Mom when you asked me, Why am I still here?” and you said you were so tired – God wasn’t ready for you yet but he made a way. No more doctors or trips to the hospital was the choice that you made so we set up home healthcare from Heartland to make you as comfortable as we could. We stayed by your side as we watched you transition into your homegoing. And now that you’re in your eternal home no longer aging we will patiently wait until we can meet again. Love you!!!

  • Dear Furay Family–Grammy Polly will be missed. She is a beautiful spirit that will be long remembered and always in our hearts. I will miss our conversations and trips to Goodwill; she would just take off with her walker and sit at the front waiting for us when she was done shopping, haha. I remember her asking me years ago why she was not going home to Grandpa Jack and why others left before her. I told her she was needed by all of us for a little while longer. Now she is home with her loving husband and I know she is happy. She was a blessed, strong, and intelligent woman until the end. We give our condolences, love, and hugs to the family. We wish we could be there to celebrate her life with you all. The boys and I miss you Grammy, thank you for all your help raising them. See you around someday!

    • Who can find a virtuus wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She willingly works with her hands. She rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household; Strength and honor are her clothing, she shall rejoice in time to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.

      Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman ho fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

      Proverbs 31 (condensed)

      We will unite gain someday and worship the Lord together. I love you mom.

  • Jack Furay says
    February 24, 2019 at 8:33 pm
    When it comes to my mother, she wrote the book of a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. She loved all of us more than words can ever explain . I want to thank my sister janice for taking good care of our mom for the last 20 years. The nurses that took care of mom said she was the sweetest woman they ever took care of we know where she is now she was the rock of the family. We love you mom Jack and Joan Furay.

  • We had the honor of serving Polly communion for many Sundays at Jan’s house. She was always so interesting to visit with and she always wanted to know what was going on at church. Her smile could light up any room. She loved for us to pray with her. We will treasure the time we spent with her. She is home now with the Lord.

  • Janice,
    Just today, I read the email from Roy about your mother’s passing. I send to you my sincere sympathy. Take care of yourself, as you cared for her.

  • Jan
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your sweet Mother. May she Rest In Peace .
    May you and the Family find comfort in the precious memories she leaves behind.
    Thinking of you always, my friend.