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Lisa Shannon Fortner Hurst

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Lisa Shannon Fortner Hurst

Chandler, AZ

Lisa Shannon Fortner Hurst, age 56, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 8 at her home in Chandler, AZ. She is survived by her devoted husband of 37 years, David Hurst; two sons, David Alexander Hurst and Logan Crane Hurst; her beloved mother Doris Fortner of Memphis; one brother Scott Fortner (Angela) of Martin, TN; one sister Lynne Albonetti (Michael) of Memphis; two nieces and three nephews. She also leaves a beloved sister-in-law Suzanne Bruce of Selmer, TN, and her grandmother Doris Crane, formerly of Waverly, TN.

Lisa was preceded in death by her father, Wesley O. Fortner, Jr. of Waverly; her grandparents Neil and Gladys Fortner of Waverly, TN and Bruce Crane, also of Waverly.

Visitation will be at 9-10 am, Saturday, April 15th at Bueler Mortuary and Chapel in Chandler, followed by a graveside service at 11:00. A celebration of Lisa's life is planned at a later date in Memphis.

A loving, caring wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, Lisa will be greatly missed. She was a graduate of Martin Westview High School and the University of Tennessee at Martin. From everyone who knows Lisa, the first words out of their mouths are almost always, "She is the most compassionate human being I've ever known." She was there for her family in all circumstances, happy or sad. Her compassion spread far beyond her family. Lisa freely and constantly offered kindness, love and compassion to everyone she met. And her compassion didn't stop with humans. Lisa was amazingly kind-hearted and compassionate toward animals, especially rescues. She vowed never to be without at least two rescued dachshunds. Born in Atlanta, Lisa was the quintessential Georgia Peach. She prided herself on being one of the genuine GRITS: Girls Raised in the South. Lisa never let anything slow her down, and if something needed doing, it got done, no matter what it took. Her standard response in the most difficult situations was, "It's okay. We'll get through this. Don't Worry. God has a purpose in this." And she was always right. Lisa believed with all her heart in a loving God and the saving grace of faith in Jesus. We know God had a purpose in taking her away from us far too soon, but we will miss hearing her say, "It's going to be alright. We're in God's hands." In lieu of flowers, her family has asked that you consider making a donation to one of the following charities on Lisa's behalf: The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee ( and The Commit Campaign (

"Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comes in the

Published in The Commercial Appeal on Apr. 15, 2017
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