Our beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Lorna Jean Messmore, 45, of Sunnyside passed away peacefully in Oxnard, Calif. on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, surrounded by those she loved after a courageous battle against ALS.

Loni was born May 9, 1966 in the Bronx, N.Y. As a child she and her family moved to Port Huemene, Calif.

In 1989 she married the love of her life, Danny Messmore, and they soon moved to Sunnyside, to start a family farming business. Although she loved living out in the country, her mind was never far from dreaming of the California sunshine.

She loved the beach with all of her heart and was able to spend her last days soaking up the sunshine and watching the wave's crash against the shore.

Loni had the biggest heart and shared it with everyone she met. Her fun-loving spirit and infectious smile would instantly brighten any room.

She enjoyed dancing, barbecues on warm summer nights, wine tasting with friends, spending time with her three daughters, running with Brittany, cheering on Chloe at her swim meets and supporting Brionna's latest adventure. But more than anything she loved life, every moment of every day. No one was a stranger and everyone was a friend.

She is survived by her loving husband, Danny Messmore; three daughters, Brionna, Brittany and Chloe; her parents, Maureen and James Plunkett; in-laws, Larry and Janey; brothers, Jimmy, Kenny and Jason; her sister, Jane; many nieces and nephews who were very dear to her.

Although she left us too soon, she will forever be in our hearts and her spirit dances on.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Channel Islands Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Oxnard, Calif.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Grandview Church of the Nazarene.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the ALS Association at or Buena Vista Hospice.

Perez Family Funeral Home in Camarillo, Calif. is in charge of arrangements.


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