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Lori A. Luna ’00 of Moline, Illinois, passed away Thursday, July 1, 2021, at age 46 after an eight-year battle with cancer.
Lori was born October 19, 1974, in Moline, the daughter of Jack Slater and Sandy (Widerquist) Smiley. She married Derek Luna on April 6, 2002, at First Lutheran Church, Moline.
Lori graduated from Moline High School in 1992 and received her bachelor’s degree from Anderson University (Indiana) and her master’s degree in counseling at Western Illinois University. Lori worked as the executive director for Youth Services Bureau of Rock Island County, Moline. She volunteered as PTA president at Franklin Elementary School, Moline.
Lori enjoyed being a baseball mom, spending time with her “roommates,” and most of all, sitting on her porch with her dog, Spike, and her loving family.
Survivors include her husband, Derek; children, Lily and Brock at home; father, Jack (Deb) Slater, Moline; mother, Sandy (Dennis) Smiley, Moline; sister, Jaclyn Slater, Davenport; brother, Michael Engholm, Moline; step-sisters, Jennifer (Justin) Ludwig, Geneseo and Melissa (Clinton) Bell, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; step-brother, Allen (Kate) Wallace, Marion, Iowa; step-grandfather, Arlon Anderson, Moline; mother-in-law, Diana Luna, Moline; and many relatives and friends including their baseball families. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joshua Slater; grandmother, Helen Slater; and aunt, Sally Bell.
Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.