Joan Furlong

November 22, 1922 - June 23, 2018

Joan Furlong

November 22, 1922 - June 23, 2018


Joan Furlong (née O’Sullivan) of Bellingham, WA, peacefully passed away on June 23, 2018, surrounded by her family. Joan was 95 years old.

Joan is survived by her children Jean Furlong, Elaine Furlong, and Paul Furlong of Bellingham, WA, and Georgina Furlong-Head (Mike Head) of Portland, OR, her four granddaughters Natalie Head, Sarah Head, Caitlin Ramberg, and Keriann Head, her great-granddaughters Josephine, Devin, Elliott, and her great-grandson Lucas. She is preceded in death by her husband George Furlong of Bellingham, WA, and her daughter Elizabeth Furlong of Bellingham, WA.

Joan was born on November 22, 1922 in Dublin, Ireland to Eugene and Josephine O’Sullivan. She moved to Queens, NY in 1957 where she raised her five children, moving to Bellingham in 1980. Joan was an accomplished singer, who performed with the Whatcom Chorale and Assumption Choir. She was an active and dedicated member of the Church of the Assumption and also volunteered at the St. Joseph Hospital gift shop.

As the oldest of 14 children, Joan’s love spread through multiple generations and continents. We were blessed by her continuous connection with close and extended family throughout the U.S., Ireland, England, and Australia. We are all united by her love, grace, and kindness.

Joan passed away peacefully at Whatcom Hospice House. She will be remembered as a beloved sister, mother, auntie, grandmother, and great-grandmother and we will miss her dearly.

A funeral is scheduled for Friday, July 6th at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Assumption (2116 Cornwall Avenue). All are welcome to attend and celebrate Joan’s life.

The family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the staff at the Center for Senior Health, St. Joseph Hospital, and Whatcom Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Whatcom Hospice House in memory of Joan Furlong.

Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: Jul 01, 2018 (No Time)
  • Venue: Assumption Catholic Church
  • Location: 2116 Cornwall Bellingham, WA 98225 - (Get Directions)

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2 responses to Joan Furlong

  1. Please accept my sincere condolences for your recent loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I have always received comfort from the Bibles’ word at Philippians 4:7 which reads “and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus”.
    I hope you can receive comfort from these words as well. Margo Simmons

  2. ted royal says:

    Georgina, so sorry to see that your mom passed. Being her age, it would seem she had “a good run”. My mom has been gone since 96 and I miss her everyday. Please take our condolences and thoughts , Ted & Susan Royal

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