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Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory

4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA

OBITUARY

Michelle Renee Gunn

23 March , 197231 October , 2019
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Michelle “Missy” Renee Gunn, known for the last five years as the Dragonslayer by all who love her, went to walk with our Lord on October 31, 2019, at the age of 47. Surrounded by family and friends that dearly love her, Missy left this earthly life for the glorious eternal life awaiting her. Missy was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Achieving milestones that most take for granted, Michelle graduated from Varina High School, attended college, participated in 5k races, enjoyed attending concerts and loved to travel this earth with her family and friends. From Aruba to Missouri, the Bahamas to Mexico and Turks and Caicos to Las Vegas, she lived life to the very fullest. Sunny days in the Outer Banks with friends and family were among the very best times. Missy is a beloved daughter to Robert and Darlene Gunn; a “sister” to Mary Jo, Shelly and Ina; granddaughter, niece, cousin, auntie and very dear friend. There was not a soul that Michelle encountered that didn’t quickly realize her fighting spirit and sassy wit; she is loved by so many and loves others with her full heart. Our family extends many thanks to the countless family and friends that have visited and supported us over the past five years of this battle. Thank you to our church family at New Bridge Baptist for the many blessings you have shared and prayers you have offered up. To our family in Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, we thank you for your support and love and to our extended family near and far, thank you.

Be not afraid, I go before you always. Come follow me, and I will give you rest.

In place of flowers, please consider donations in Michelle’s name to Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Center, where Missy used her mighty spirit to regain her strength, the New Bridge Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 4, Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23231.

Funeral Services will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, at Nelsen Funeral Home. Interment will immediately follow in Washington Memorial Park, 6217 Memorial Drive, Sandston, Virginia, with a reception following the interment at New Bridge Baptist Church.

DONATIONS:

Sheltering Arms Donations: https://www.shelteringarms.com/giving/donate/

New Bridge Baptist Church: https://www.newbridge-church.com/contact / (804) 737-7331

American Cancer Society - Nasopharyngeal Research: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/nasopharyngeal-cancer.html

Online condolences received at www.nelsenrichmond.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Missy is a beloved daughter to Robert and Darlene Gunn; a “sister” to Mary Jo, Shelly and Ina; granddaughter, niece, cousin, auntie and very dear friend.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, 4 November , 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, 5 November , 2019

Memories

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Sheila Fitz Dunlap

5 November 2019

Dear Darlene and Robert,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved
Missy. I still have memories of the fun times we had together.
May God bless you and give you strength and peace in knowing that sweet Missy is now with our Heavenly Father.
Love,
Sheila Fitz Dunlap

rosi teresi

5 November 2019

I never met this lady, but if she was called Dragonslayer, she must have been a wonderfully strong, compassionate and loving person. From one Dragonslayer to the other, God speed.

Betty Cobaugh

4 November 2019

We are thinking of you all during this difficult time. Dan and I have been sharing memories of Michelle from the CP Center, running into her at concerts and other events, their involvement in the group, and seeing her at the pool at Nags Head Village. She certainly made the most of her years and an impression on all she met!
Dan and Betty Cobaugh

Phyllis Whetzel

4 November 2019

I remember Bob and Darlene parenting Missy into an independent, responsible and beautiful lady. What a complete life she had! When she slipped from the loving arms of her parents into the arms of Jesus, she must have had a glorious feeling of complete love!

Betty Russo

4 November 2019

Bob and Darlene,

Thinking of you and praying for comfort and peace. May the choirs of angels meet her and take her to Paradise.

Betty Seal Russo

Pat Armbrust

3 November 2019

Darlene,

I am so sorry for your loss. Though it has been a long time since I last saw you and Missy, I think of you all often. So many years ago when I first met you I admired the relationship you had with your daughter. She was truly a warm and wonderful person. Your devotion to her was so obvious in how she acted and the smiles she always gave everyone.
Please know that I will keep your family in my thoughts.

Pat Armbrust

Jackie Dennis

2 November 2019

I have been a friend of Michelle's since High School. I spent a lot of time with her and her family. We went on vacations and concerts together and just hung out a her house or at the mall. I will miss her. Cancer Sucks!

Cindy Johnson

1 November 2019

I was a year ahead of Michelle at Varina. I will never forget her big beautiful smile and loving heart. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and all those whose lives she touched.

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