Vernise Geneva Green Furman, 87, of New Haven, transitioned peacefully on February 13, 2022 at Advanced Nursing and Rehabilitation in New Haven after a long illness. She was the widow of Charles L. Furman, Jr.

Vernise was born on July 15, 1934, in Orangeburg, SC, a daughter of the late Littia Spells Green and Harry Green.

Mrs. Furman received her early years of education at Troup School and graduated from Hillhouse High School. After graduation, she pursued a career in hairstyling by attending a school of hairdressing and cosmetology. The school was owned by the late Frank Harrison on Newhall Street in New Haven. It was the first black owned hairdressing and cosmetology school in the state of Connecticut.

She was the owner of the former Fashion Flair Hair Salon on Dixwell Avenue. Verninse was a parishioner of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in New Haven and its Girls Friendly Society.
She enjoyed reading novels, traveling to the Caribbean Islands, cruises and foreign countries. Vernise also found joy in reading the daily newspaper, attending dances, planting roses and gardening in her backyard.

Vernise leaves to cherish her memories, daughters, Theresa Furman Boone and Yvonne Furman Hardgrave, both of New Haven; five grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; fourteen great-great grandchildren; a goddaughter, Hele C. Powell; sons-in-law, Donald Ray Boone and Glenn Hardgrave;
She was predeceased by her son, Charles L. “Chuckie” Furman, III; siblings, Mildred Statre, Harry Green, Theodore Green, Ann E. Powell; and Paul Cort; aunts and uncles, Alberta Ulma, Nancy Roundtree, Earl, John, Freddie and Eugene Spells and Louise Gary.

A memorial service to celebrate Mrs. Furman’s life and legacy will be held Monday, February 28, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. at Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. Anyone attending the service must adhere to all COVID-19 safety precautions.