Lorena Arnillas Wornom, 54, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Virginia Beach. She was born Feb. 16, 1965, to Pedro and Chiqui Arnillas.
Lorena is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Daniella and Joseph; mother, Chiqui Arnillas; siblings, Marie Colchao, Pedro Arnillas, Beatriz Arnillas, Pilar Friedman, Eduardo Arnillas and Rosana Bergquist.
Lorena was preceded in death by her father, Pedro Arnillas.
Lorena was born in Lima, Perú. She went to Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and taught preschool for two years before going to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she received her master’s degree in the School of Education
After graduating, she taught second grade in Arlington Public Schools. She met Robert at church and was married July 8, 1995. Five years later, the family moved near Virginia Beach.
Lorena was an amazing teacher who loved her students and fellow teachers. She taught in Arlington County, Denbigh Christian Academy, Veritas Christian Academy, Christopher Farms and Alanton Elementary School. She also home schooled her children when they were young. She was the first Spanish Immersion teacher at Alanton Elementary and president for the Virginia Dual Language Educators Network (VADLAN). She was also teacher of the year at Alanton Elementary School.
Lorena loved the Lord and attended the following churches: Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Carmen (Carmelitas), Springfield Bible Church, McLean Bible Church, Sovereign Grace/Redeemer Church, Greenbrier Church and Rivers of Living Water Church. Lorena served the Lord and others in many ways. Every Saturday morning for years, she visited the Virginia Beach jail, where she handed out books and prayed with the women.
Lorena will be forever loved and remembered by her husband, children, mother, siblings, extended family, friends and students.
A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, at Rivers of Living Water Church, 1001 Indian Lakes Blvd., Virginia Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joseph’s college fund at gofundme.com.
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