Loretta Jean Shurr
June 17, 1939 – November 14, 2020
Loretta (Wendy) Jean Shurr (Slavens) passed away on November 14, 2020 in Mesa, AZ. after a long battle with Lewy Body dementia at the age of 81. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, David H. Shurr, in 2018. Wendy is survived by sons David A. Shurr and John (Kathy) Shurr, six grandchildren (Karissa, Alisha, Derick, Nathan, Nicholas and Kaitlyn) and great-grandchildren Maelyn and Paxton. Wendy was born on June 17, 1939 in Otterbein, IN the first of six children to John and Vernice (Robbins) Slavens. Wendy leaves behind her close siblings Allen, Harold, Helen, Wanda and Marietta. Her family worked and lived on a farm in and around Fowler, IN until they moved to Tucson, AZ in January of 1952. Wendy was married to David on April 7, 1956 in Tucson and soon thereafter moved to Pittsburgh, PA and Greenbelt, MD before finally settling in the San Francisco Bay Area following David’s transfer with United Air Lines. Mom (this sounds more natural to the writer) worked in credit unions starting with Ampex and Western Airlines before moving to a little up-and-comer in Palo Alto called Hewlett-Packard. She was the second employee of the newly formed HP Employee’s Federal Credit Union and over the years undertook the role of opening and maintaining branches in Santa Rosa, San Diego, Roseville, Corvallis, OR and Boise, ID. Mom was under-educated, in a classical sense, but made up for it with a natural intelligence, clear vision and a bulldog-like approach to learning. (After retirement she returned to school at Indiana Wesleyan and obtained her AA in Business Administration while graduating with Honors). After retirement, Mom and Dad moved back to Fowler, IN where they purchased and remodeled a home that had been in her family for 60+ years. They also held a home in AZ that they visited from Nov – March each year as they made the western swing to visit grandkids, friends, and family. No brief summation of her life would be complete without speaking to her love of God and devotion to attending and serving the communities at the Palo Alto Church of the Nazarene and Fowler’s Hope Wesleyan. She lived a Christ-centered life in a day-to-day practical sense: regularly opening her home and table to those from out-of-town waiting for treatment at Stanford Medical Center; serving on boards at numerous local and regional levels; regular tithing. They moved to Mesa in 2016 to be nearer family as her health deteriorated. Services are to be conducted on Saturday, December 5 at Lakeshore Mortuary in Mesa, AZ. The family is preparing a service for Fowler, IN later in the spring 2021. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to East Valley Hospice at EVHospice.com/donate.
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Loretta Jean Shurr
December 1, 2020
Although I cannot take away your sorrow, I hope you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
"God tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to his heart..." Is. 40:11
With sympathy for your family.
December 1, 2020
I love my Aunt Wendy. She is such a beautiful spirit. She helped me learn quite a bit about loans when I was buying a car. She helped me to know what to avoid and what perks to look for. I always think of these things now when I am taking out a loan. A lesson I have taken to heart, and will treasure her for. She also held a beautiful bridal shower for me and gave me wonderful and practical gifts for birthdays or special occasions. I still have a pan she bought for me many years ago when I moved out on my own. Now when I use it, I think of her and her thoughtfulness in buying it. That is what I loved most about her, she cared so much about all of us, that she made sure what she gave, was of value, and would last. Whether a tangible item, or a piece of advice, it would last. I will miss her every time I see her photo, or any of the items she has given me. And I will certainly miss her giggle. I loved to hear her laugh.
November 30, 2020
Wendy and John were an awesome couple and I was so glad when they bought Uncle Russell and Aunt Marie’s house. I did my first few hours of recovery at that house after Dr. Turley took my tonsils out at the tender age of 6, done at his office. Being in their home always felt like home as it has for most of my life. June and Wendy were usually the first two people I greeted at every family reunion. We lost something precious when we let that go.
It’s a comfort for me to think that almost all of the original planners of the Robbins reunions are busy planning the next great Robbins reunion, one that we will all one day attend.
Thank you, Wendy, for everything! You will be missed!
November 30, 2020
Aunt Wendy was so good at making you feel loved!!! I have always felt special around her, but I know she made many others feel special too!
I remember when I was a teenager and Aunt Wendy said I could come visit her to look for a prom dress in San Francisco!!!! I thought that was so cool that I got to fly to my Aunt’s house just so we could go shopping together!!! And I’m sure I was the only one at Prom who wore a dress from San Francisco!
I have so many great memories of us together, Thank You for always being there for me!!!
Wendy, you were our family matriarch and we are all better because of you!
I love you and will miss you dearly! ♥️
November 27, 2020
I remember when mom and dad went fishing in Michigan. They left me with Uncle John and Aunt Vernice. Mom and dad went fishing with the Towes from their church. I was upset that they had left me. So I went out on the back porch steps and refused to eat dinner. Loretta came out and comforted me. She assured me that everything would be alright. After talking to Loretta I went in to eat.
She cared for many. She loved her relatives and for many years organized a summer reunion for the family.
Cousin Randy Robbins