Lori Hembree, 61 of Springfield, passed away on June 13, 2022, after living valiantly with cancer for several months.

Lori had the heart of a warrior: in love, in prayer, in protection for family, friends, colleagues, and students. She radiated a heart of genuinely unselfish joy for others’ triumphs, and she sat in the trenches of others’ fears and heartaches with prayer, empathy, and love. Lori was thoughtful and gracious, precious and fierce, giving and thankful, funny and sincere, beautiful and humble. The testimony of endless, bottomless love she had for her Father has undoubtedly planted countless seeds that will continue to blossom for generations.

Lori’s strength, love, humor, and kindness are forever remembered and honored by her husband, Mike; daughter, Lauren; mom, Edith; sister, Denise; her pups, Bella and Crickette; a loving extended family; a network of cherished colleagues and students; and innumerable friends.

Visitation and funeral will be held at Bent Oak Church (2438 E. Cherry Street, Springfield, Missouri 65802).

Visitation will be on Sunday, June 19, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Funeral will be on Monday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Lori to the Cooper Clinic at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri via the following link:

https://www.swh.org/giving.html. (On the donation form, please note, “In memory of Lori Hembree. Restricted for the Cooper Clinic.)

Services are being coordinated by Greenlawn Funeral Home.