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Lena Arlene (Lively) Gunther

November 26, 1932 ~ October 1, 2020 (age 87)


Lena Arlene Gunther was born on November 26, 1932 in Talcott, West Virginia to the late William and Pearl (Nelson) Lively.  She passed away on October 1, 2020 in Beckley, West Virginia.

Lena is preceded in death by her Son, Jerry Gunther; brother, Billy Lively; and sister, Norma Foreman

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Charles Harry Gunther; daughter  Sherri (Gary) Thomas of Beckley WV; brother  David (Gwen) Lively of Cool Ridge WV; grandchildren  Lindsey (Charles) Naumann of Morgantown WV,  Jay (Diana) Thomas of Winter Springs, FL, Nikole Alliston of Seattle, WA and Erik Gunther of Harrisonburg, VA; great-grandchildren, Eli, Isaac and Luke Naumann,  Corbin and Colbie Thomas as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Lena was an eccentric and unique spitfire of a woman. She thrived on being a social butterfly, who loved to be surrounded by her friends and family.

She absolutely loved to shop for others and always managed to find something for somebody she loved. She always impressed by keeping a beautiful home that she was very proud of and enjoyed hosting family gatherings.

Christmas was always a memorable time for everyone. Her many decorations, great food, and gifts were over-the-top and so wonderful. She made it known everyone was loved and made it a special and memorable time that so many have gotten to know.

Her big hair, gold shoes, flashy clothes, and her many many purses were her signature. She knew nearly everyone around and loved to talk with anyone who would listen. She was a fanatic fan of baseball and was never afraid to yell her opinion at the top of her lungs while watching her grandson’s baseball games (even when her husband was umpiring).

Lena was the best mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend you could ask for. She will be terribly missed by those who knew and loved her and fondly remembered by all.

 The family will receive friends for visitation from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with a memorial service celebrating Lena’s life beginning at 1:30 pm on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Glen View Independent Baptist Church; 1250 Glen View Rd., Crab Orchard, WV 25827 with the Rev. Duane Pease officiating.  Lena will be laid to rest at a later date at the Mount Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery; 235 Mt. Tabor Rd., Beckley, WV 25801.  Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.meltonmortuary.com  Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center has the honor of serving the family.  Due to Covid-19 we request those who wish to attend the service to please practice social distancing and ensure proper facial coverings are worn.

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