Lou “Jean” Booker

Lou Jean Booker, 80, of Prospect, Ore., went home to be with her Lord, Sunday, October 24, 2010. Jean was born on April 4, 1930, in Chicago, Ill., to Rev. Ashley Owen O'Bryan and Lula Mae Owen.

She married and moved to California, and later to Oregon in 1968. The big city girl cried for days upon her arrival in Prospect, but learned to love it so well that she couldn't be pried away from it 42 years later.

Jean never lost her love of children or flowers. As a child, she was notorious for picking other people's flowers, but her spunky personality generally won over her victims, giving her free flower plucking privileges. Even in her last days on drives to the doctor, she always noticed any colorful leaves or blossoms; and any bouquets brought to her were thoroughly enjoyed until the last blossom faded.

She taught Sunday school for about 30 years, worked at a day care in Prospect, and later ran one in her own home. She also volunteered in the Special Friends program at Prospect Elementary School, where she was a natural at helping little children adjust, giving her many moments of pleasure and many delightfully funny stories to share.

She is survived by brother, Donald Owen O'Brien, of San Diego, Calif.; son, Richard Teddy Booker Jr., of Prospect, Ore.; daughter, Judith Ann Ehrheart, of Medford; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Richard Teddy Booker and son, Gary Ray Booker.

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Prospect. The Rev. Monty Wing will officiate. Interment will be in the Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made out to: Watoto Childcare Ministries.' Flowers may be ordered from Susie's Flowers 541-772-2266, ask for Kate (Jean's granddaughter). She will deliver them to Prospect.

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