Andrea Lynch Lohr, 36, of Broadway, passed away peacefully at her home Sunday July 10, 2011, surrounded by her family, after a courageous five year battle with breast cancer.
She was born July 21, 1974, in Union City, TN and was the daughter of Larry and Carol Lynch of Broadway.
Andrea was raised in Fulton, Kentucky, but never lost her southern accent or strong zest for life. She was deeply involved in the FFA organization serving as Kentucky state FFA president in 1993. She went on to work for the national FFA organization as a leadership trainer, curriculum writer, and workshop presenter. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1996, she taught agricultural education at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School for four years. She earned a masters degree from JMU in school counseling in 2005 and became a successful consultant with Premier Designs Jewelry.
Andrea was a popular motivational speaker her entire life and shared her message of faith, courage, and hope at hundreds of state and national conventions, churches, and leadership conferences. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, she also became a passionate advocate for cancer awareness and twice co-chaired the Rockingham County Relay for Life event. Despite several cancer reoccurrences she remained faithful until her passing. She also shared her personal journey through her caringbridge.org website that reached thousands of friends and followers nationwide. She was an inspiration to everyone she met.
Andrea was also deeply involved at Harrisonburg Baptist Church, where she served as a deacon, a member of the leadership team, and numerous committees. This past spring the church named their new expansion building project the Andrea Lohr Legacy Center in honor of her tremendous faith and ministry to others.
On December 30, 1995, she married Matthew Lohr of Broadway who survives. She is also survived by her 10 year old daughter Caroline Belle, and a five year old son Carson Jacob, father Larry Lynch and mother Carol Lynch of Broadway, brother Joshua Lynch of Thermopolis, WY, sister Erika Lynch and her partner Julie Morton of Montpelier, Vermont, maternal grandmother Ethel Horton of Gleason, TN, in-laws Gary and Ellen Lohr of Broadway, sister-in-law Faye Ritchie and husband Greg and their children Addison and Elise, all of Broadway.
The family will receive visitors at Harrisonburg Baptist Church on Wednesday from noon until 8:00 pm. Family visitors will be there in shifts to receive visitors. After a private burial Thursday morning, a memorial service is planned for 2:00 pm Thursday afternoon in the Broadway High School gymnasium led by the Reverend Dr. Jack Mercer. Pallbearers include Kent Folsom, Jackie Horton, Mike Logan, Brian McEntire, Eddie Mozingo, Brian O'Dell, Kevin Petit, and honorary pallbearers Hank Bowers and Neil Showalter.
There will be no viewing or visitation at the Grandle Funeral Home.
The family expresses their tremendous gratitude for all of the support and encouragement over the past five years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Harrisonburg Baptist Church Andrea Lohr Legacy Center, 501 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.