Perry Franklin Ambrose passed away at home in North Little Rock on April 23, 2014 at the age of 70 from complications from a lung infection. He knew that he would find absolute love when he passed to the other side and requested to go into hospice, choosing a life of quality rather than quantity.
He was born February, 1944 in Chicago to Frank B. Ambrose and Gertrude Sayles Ambrose, both deceased. He was a graduate of Nevada High School, Washburn University and American Health Science University where he earned a certified nutritionist degree. He married Barbara “Cas” Rifkin in Jerusalem, AR and they birthed all three of their daughters at home and in a beautiful bed that Perry built. He was a building contractor prior to owning Ambrose’s Woodshop, which specialized in high quality outdoor oak furniture. He found his real passion in counseling people about their health through the family business, The Natural Food Store, in Clinton and Searcy, AR for 22 years. He was honest and built a very successful business by never trying to sell, but only trying to help his customers. He loved windsurfing, volleyball and playing tennis in his earlier years and after retiring loved to sing, play his keyboard and harmonicas, build and fly model airplanes, study The Course on Miracles and play ping-pong daily. He loved telling stories of growing up in Nevada and loved being a father and grandfather.
Perry is survived by his wife and three daughters, April M. Ambrose of Little Rock, Sophie E. Ambrose (Dr. Jimmy Friedlander) of Omaha, NE, Abby R. Pettinger (Brett) of Walsh, CO and their three daughters, Anabelle, Lynley, and Adalyn. His siblings include Allen A. Ambrose of Hartford, CT, Donna L. (James) Cooper of London, OH, and Stuart J. Ambrose of Nevada, IA. Perry’s first grandson is due in August.
A huge celebration honoring him was held outside at his request with laughter and stories of his life on April 24th at the Little Rock Audubon Center. He believed that our democracy can’t work without getting money out of politics and asked that any memorial donations be made to www.wolf-pac.com. The family requests that you notify them of the donation at firstname.lastname@example.org.