‘Even in Death, She Was Giving’: KC Mother’s Legacy Lives On

Kansas City mother and grandmother, LaShan Townsend-Gunnels, tragically became the city’s 48th traffic fatality of the year after a devastating collision on June 7.

Townsend-Gunnels, 52, was hit by a speeding Chevy Silverado while turning onto Troost Avenue, flipping her GMC Terrain on its side. Find the source Yahoo

Despite medical efforts, her husband of 24 years, Glenn Gunnels, made the heart-wrenching decision to take her off life support seven days later. Townsend-Gunnels was an organ donor, and her generosity in death provided tissue to five recipients.

Townsend-Gunnels worked for Community America Credit Union and previously spent over 24 years at DST Systems.

Known for her faith and charitable spirit, she and her husband were profiled by The Star in 2007, highlighting their enduring faith through life’s challenges.

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The couple met in 1996 and married in 2000, blending their families with two sons and six daughters. Their family faced numerous trials, including the tragic death of their daughter Patrice in 2018 and another daughter’s battle with thyroid cancer.

As they planned their 25th anniversary, Glenn reflected on their life together, sharing that Townsend-Gunnels always sought the best in others and shared the love of Christ. More than 200 friends, family members, and co-workers visited her during her time in the ICU.

A funeral is planned for Saturday, honoring a life marked by giving and unwavering faith.

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