Shurla Jean Lunsford

August 12, 1933June 18, 2019

Shurla Jean Lunsford, age 85, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away June 18, 2019. She was born on August 12, 1933 in Richmond, Indiana to Robert and Rhea Schenck, who both preceded her in death. Shurla attended Richmond High School and graduated in 1951. She was a loving wife to Ron for 67 years, raising five children together. Shurla was a wonderful mother, an intelligent woman and an avid reader. She was a quiet woman of strength and integrity. Shurla built an extended family that supports and loves each other. She will be fondly missed by all who knew and loved her. Shurla is survived by her husband, Ronald Gene Lunsford; her children, Dan (Wanda) Lunsford, Susie Kehoe, Annette (Tom) Bottorff, Thomas (Cindy) Lunsford, and Melissa (Tom) Mathews; grandchildren, Jim Lunsford, Cindy Lunsford, Patrick Kehoe, Jason Kehoe, Mark Mathews, Christopher Mathews, Morgan Lunsford, Tyler Lunsford, Cami Lunsford, Sarah Lunsford Fowler, Nicole Bottorff Clevenger, and Samantha Hogue; great grandchildren, Tre Swim, Daniel Lunsford, Lily Lunsford; great great grandchildren, Sebastian Lunsford, Garrett Lunsford, Natalie Fowler, and Keygan Clevenger; and brothers, Bob Schenck and Mark Schenck. A service for Shurla will take place on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 11 am at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church; 1441 Spear St, Port Charlotte, FL 33948. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; 4550 Montgomery Ave Suite 1100 N, Bethesda, MD 20814 or Friends of the Port Charlotte Public Library Inc., 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, FL 33952, President: Sally Baker.


  • Funeral Mass Monday, July 1, 2019


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Melissa Mathews

June 29, 2019

So many treasured memories of my mom. I hold on to one in particular. I was about four years old. My siblings were in school so my mom took me ice skating at Lincoln Center in Columbus, IN. We were the only ones on the ice. She asked them to turn on the music while we skated-the two of us-going round and round. The crisp air stung our cheeks , but we didn’t care. I had the biggest smile on my face. The ice was a dazzling white while the sky was a brilliant blue. Mom loved a bright blue sky. That day, even though she had five kids, she made me feel special. For this memory and so many others, I thank you Mom. You are truly the best!! You will be with me always. I love you.