Cheri Amour Shores

September 23, 1971 - May 13, 2023

09/23/1971 - 05/13/2023

Past Services

Celebration of Life
Wednesday May 24, 2023
11:00 am
Virginia Beach United Methodist Church
212 19th St
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
757-428-7747 | Directions

Cheri Amour Shores passed away peacefully at home on May 13, 2023 with her beloved husband, Lance Shores and mother, Linda Moore, lovingly by her side. Cheri was a beautiful soul, and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Cheri was born on September 23, 1971 in Richmond, Virginia to her loving mother, Linda B. Moore. Cheri was raised in Kilmarnock, Virginia and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1989. She studied business at Randolph-Macon College, where she graduated with a business degree that she would later put to use opening and operating multiple successful restaurants.

Cheri was extremely talented and endlessly creative. She put her artistic skills to use as a gemologist and jewelry designer. It was while working as a certified jeweler almost thirty years ago that Cheri met the love of her life, Lance Shores. Cheri and Lance were married in 2002, and spent more than twenty years creating a beautiful life together in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The pair built a loving home and started multiple businesses in the Great Neck area of Virginia Beach, where they became integral members of the community.

Cheri was an extremely successful and accomplished businesswoman. Her drive and determination led her to take on new opportunities outside of the jewelry industry. Together with her husband, Lance, she ventured into the restaurant business. The couple began their venture at Off Shore Bar and Grill, and eventually opened their own restaurant in Virginia Beach in 2006. The breakfast restaurant, aptly named Citrus, was a labor of love. Cheri meticulously designed every aspect of the new restaurant, from the decor to the menu. She developed a growing passion for the restaurant business. It was that passion and her admirable work ethic that drove the incredible success of the restaurant. The couple opened a second location several years later, and their success grew exponentially. Cheri rarely took a day off. She was the heart and soul of Citrus. Together with her husband Lance, she influenced and changed the restaurant culture at the beach and created an enduring legacy.

Cheri was undoubtedly accomplished, yet she was also sensitive and extremely compassionate. Cheri always made time for her friends and family. She was loyal, loving, and had a generous heart. She had a deep love for animals. Cheri devoted her time and resources to animal rescue groups, as well as to her own rescue dogs at home. She had a deep love for the beach, travel, music, and spending time with loved ones. Her dedication and passion for both her work and family life were unparalleled.

Cheri is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Lance P. Shores, mother, Linda B. Moore, sister; Tracy Raborg Zocher; brothers , Chadwick B. Moore (Katie) and Weldon Blair Moore; nieces, Amelia Wallace-Zocher and Sophia Rose; nephews, C. Grant Raborg, Joshua A. Zocher, Chase L. Raborg (Brianna), Keegan F. Moore, Grant Rose, and Weldon C. Moore; her in-laws, Ren and Lisa Shores, sister-in-law Dominique Shores, and her two beloved rescue dogs Lexi and Raven.

Cheri’s strength and determination undoubtedly helped her to endure her courageous fight against pancreatic cancer in the last year of her life.  Cheri lit up the world with her beautiful smile, and to be loved by her was to be truly blessed. She will be dearly missed. A celebration of life for Cheri will be held  on Wednesday, May 24  at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church starting at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope for Life Rescue, Inc. (610 Jack Rabbit Rd. #3, Virginia Beach, VA 23451) or Westminster-Canterbury by going to or clicking “HERE” for Hope For Life Rescue and clicking “HERE” for Westminster Canterbury Hospice.

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Liz Soza Stewart
13 days ago

Deepest condolences, Cheri was a beautiful light. So sorry to read in the RMC Today, of her illness and passing.

Carla Ann Carter
15 days ago

I am assuming that many classmates are just learning of Cheri’s passing as we receive the RMC magazine. So sorry to hear this. I will always remember her kindness. Wish I had known about her restaurant. I would have certainly stopped by when on vacation there. Prayers to her family. I can’t even imagine how much they must miss her beautiful smile.

Laura Bryant
19 days ago

I am sadly just learning of Cheri’s passing. We lost touch after R-MC, but I have many fond memories of times together. When I think of Cheri, I can’t help but smile. A beautiful soul, inside and out. Prayers of comfort for her family and my deepest sympathy.

Anna Chmurzewski Inal
6 months ago

My family and I live in Milton, Ontario, Canada. We were visiting Virginia Beach for vacation when by chance came upon beautiful Citrus restaurant after IHOP was fully booked and we didn’t feel like waiting for 30 minutes. Upon driving into the parking lot, I noticed a sign paying tribute to Cheri in front of this beautiful restaurant, I don’t now why, but I was instantly struck by something powerful, this warm energy, not sure how to explain it…. My family and I had the most delicious breakfast we’ve had in a very long time, and the waitstaff was a reflection of this beautiful gem we stumbled upon! I promised myself I would google Cher’s name when we returned home and I read her story here…. I want to thank her warm soul for helping us find Citrus, we will make sure to stop by every chance we’re in the US …. Your legacy goes on 🙏

John Paden
9 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to Lance and family. I have been retired and living in South Florida for the last 15 years. citrus was like my second home and I was there from the beginning, Lance and Cheri were awesome and always had kind words for all and of course the awesome food. I am deeply saddened by this news .
Cheri, May you RIP.

Becky Campbell
9 months ago

I am so sorry for the loss of Cheri, she had a heart of gold and was just the sweetest person to everyone she met. Sending prayers to you and all who knew and loved her.

Mary Genakos-Payne
9 months ago

My heart goes out to the whole family. While I didn’t know Cheri, she had to be a beautiful spirit. Linda (her Mom) I have been so blessed to call a friend, and from all the wonderful comments she must have followed in her footsteps and must have had a huge heart as well. When Linda left the floral shop she have gifted me with a good angel charm that had come from Cheri’s time as a jeweler, a gift I treasure to this day.
Praying for Gods comfort during this time. Lean on and cherish all the precious memories she left you with.

9 months ago

I am so very sorry for your loss. I am destraunt and shocked by this news. I pray so much for the peaceful healing for you Lance and Mama Linda. Peace and love Pe ace and love peace and love.

Michael Mason
9 months ago

So sorry to lose such a wonderful person so young, Lance I don’t do funerals anymore but please know you are in my thoughts during this time. I love both of you

Joanne DeAngelis
9 months ago

God bless the family of this beloved Cheri. May they find solace in the fact she is no longer suffering. Lance please know we are all here for you. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️