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Eleanor Delores (Downing) Lunsford

April 11, 1933 ~ November 14, 2019 (age 86)

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Cape Carteret- Eleanor Delores Downing Lunsford, 86, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern with her family by her side.  She was born April 11, 1933 in Pender County, NC daughter of the late, Linwood and Esther Johnson Downing.

A private graveside service will be held officiated by Mr. Rod Gragg. 

Delores graduated from New Hanover High School and then attended Campbell College before she met and married the love of her life Sidney Charles Lunsford and began a career in accounting and bookkeeping and raising a family.  She enjoyed playing the piano, organ, and singing in the church choir.  Her home church was Silver Lake Baptist Church in Wilmington.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, traveling, reading, working on puzzles, and studying her bible.  She looked forward to visits from family and friends, who were family because she never met a stranger. She had a very distinct laugh that will live on in the memories of all who knew her.

She is survived by son, Tony Lunsford of Cape Carteret; step son, Charles Lunsford of Norman, OK; granddaughters, Ana Parker (Joshua) of Cape Carteret and Kathie Johnson (Jerry) of Norman, OK; grandson, Tom Lunsford of Norman, OK; great grandchildren, Katie Johnson, Ayden Parker, Miles Parker, Chris Johnson, Brian Johnson, Grant Johnson, and Danny Lunsford; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Lunsford; brothers, Alton and Lawrence Downing; and a grandson, David Lunsford.

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