Mildred F. Lankford

Mears, VA – Mildred F. “Cookie” Lankford, wife of Chris Lankford of Mears, VA, passed away at Tidal Health in Salisbury, MD on March 13, 2023. She was born on December 28, 1943 to the late Henry Jack Fuller and Betty Godwin Crockett. She was the beloved granddaughter of the late Elsie Godwin (Wrendo) of Parksley, VA. She graduated from Parksley High School in 1962 and was a Licensed Practical Nurse for over thirty years before retiring from the Accomack County Jail. She and Chris enjoyed travelling and camping together over the years. Their favorite destination was Maine for Cookie’s favorite, lobster.  They spent several summers there before her health started to decline. She had an unconditional love for animals and adored her dogs, Jewels, Sadie and her recently departed, faithful companion Parker who went everywhere with her. She also had a special cat named Batman and a Quaker parrot named Sesame whom she taught many words and phrases. Her greatest joy was adopting dogs and she did lots of animal rehabilitation over the years. Her pride and joy was watching her grandchildren grow up.

She is survived by her son, Edward Allen Furniss of Melfa, VA, her daughter Lynier Linton (Mark) of Ocean Pines, MD, her sister Elsie Webb (DL) of Parksley, VA, a very special cousin Vicki Godwin Curtis (Harold) of Virginia Beach, VA, eight grandchildren whom she adored, numerous great grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew. She is proceeded in death by her daughter-in-law, Patricia Furniss.

A graveside service will be held March 19, 2023 at 2:00pm at Wessells Cemetery in Mears, VA and officiated by Rev. John Cullop. Funeral arrangements were made by Hinman Funeral Home, Princess Anne, MD.

Her family would like to take the opportunity to thank Dr. Dan and Nurse Karen at Metompkin Medical Center, the staff at Shore Transport Services, the ambulance staff of Bloxom and Parksley VFC, along with the many other caring medical staff for their exceptional care. Any memorial contributions can be made in her name to your favorite animal rescue.

4 comments to Mildred F. Lankford

  • Barbara Huffman Walker

    Chris and Family,
    My sincere condolences to all of you and the loss
    of Cookie. You have been a very good husband to her and I will continue prayers for all. God Bless You.

  • Kathleen Garner

    Chris and Lynier
    I am so sorry for your loss. Cookie was a person who loved with her whole heart. Chris I remember when you first started dating Cookie. You made her very happy. I have such fun memories of the places Cookie and I have been from Atlantic City to the Chamberlin Hotel in Hampton. And she loved animals! That’s how I first met her, grooming my poodle. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and I pray God’s comfort surround you.

  • Bill and Ellie Payne

    Sharing prayers of comfort and support to all who loved her and who she loved.
    Chris and Cookie were always together and fun to share time with.
    Chris your friends and family are as close as you need/want to support you.

  • Terry Ewell

    Chris, Thinking of you, and praying that our Lord will comfort you. May God Give You: For every storm a rainbow, For every tear a smile, For every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share. For every sigh a sweet song, and an answer for each prayer.

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