A Celebration of Life for Mary Ann (Mayers) Furnish will be held Jan. 17, 1:45 – 3 p.m., at the Jamison-Brown House, 1505 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050 (next to the Triton Museum of Art) immediately following the EDPA NorCal chapter quarterly meeting with pie and coffee, presentation and gifts. No registration is required for the Celebration of Life.
Furnish, NorCal EDPA chapter president from 2015-2017, ProExhibits’ VP of sales from 2009-2017 and VP/general manager of Structure last year, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 7 during surgery. “EDPA NorCal invites the tradeshow community, friends and family to join us as we celebrate our dear, sweet girl” says the EDPA NorCal flyer. “We have gathered photos, stories, quotes and many memories of a woman who’s love of life spilled out on those around her.”
“The exhibit industry mourns the loss of Mary Ann who left us all too soon,” says EDPA NorCal chapter president Melinda Stewart. “Mary Ann was passionate about our industry and was most recently president of the NorCal EDPA chapter. She was able to combine the energy of a new business hunter with the insights of a savvy senior manager…Mary Ann touched many lives in our exhibit industry, and her enthusiasm was legendary. She will be missed by her family and her legions of friends.”
Originally from L.A., Furnish moved to Chicago where she joined Kitzing, Inc. in 1995. She then spent 14 years at Exhibitgroup/Giltspur first in the Chicago office and then later, back in California, at the San Jose office. She later filled management roles at General Graphics (GGE), Pro Exhibits and Structure Exhibits. Most recently, she accepted a position at Art and Display in Santa Cruz.
Exhibit City News will be publishing an obituary for Furnish in our March/April issue and we invite our readers to email their memories and photos to us at email@example.com as well as to share them in the “Mary Ann” folder on the EDPA NorCal chapter’s shared Google drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Pl1YyAVUChIYQsq04O7GTnH9jRrkDpLf.