A celebration of life for Lulu Mae Walker, 81, of Coquille will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 282 W. Sixth St. with pastor Mark Elefritz officiating. Private burial has taken place at Myrtle Crest Memorial Gardens.
Lulu was born June 26, 1929, in Klamath Falls. She died May 16, 2011, in Coquille.
The first half of her life was spent in the Klamath Basin where she worked at jobs that ranged from being a nurse, owning her own café, to working in many farming related jobs, as well. During those years she gave birth to a daughter and four sons. Times were tough for her, but she always seemed to provide for her family.
In the late 1960s she moved to Coos County, living in Myrtle Point and finally Coquille. Upon moving to Coquille, she went to work for the Coquille Police Department, working as a parking enforcement officer. Later, she was permitted to attend the police academy and returned to Coquille as their first female police officer. During the same time she returned to school and obtained an associates degree in law enforcement. Her educational achievements surpassed anything her children accomplished.
In 1989 she retired from police work and settled into her "Grandma" role for her family and many kids in the community. She became actively involved in Emmanuel Baptist Church and remained active up to her death.
Lulu is survived by her daughter, Luanne Brown and family of Coquille; son, Roy Reid and family of Cherriefield, Maine; son, Rodney Smith and family of Portland; son, Steven Cupernall and family of Burns; sister, Velma Dodge of Newport; Denna Walker of Eugene; brother, Glenn Jackson of Burns; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren including Keonna whom she raised from the age of 2.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gaylon "Brandy" Walker; and son, Dennis Cupernall.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 282 W. Sixth St., Coquille, OR 97423.
Arrangements are under the direction of Amling/ Schroeder Funeral Service - Coquille Chapel, 541-396-3846.