Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lucille Walls July 24, 1960 - March 19, 2015

Lu and her beloved husband Andrew, up close
 RantWoman hereby collects a number of items off facebook for readers who might know Lucille Walls and not be on Facebook to bask in the wamrth gushing forth from online remembrances
From Lu's sister Charlotte:
Lucille G. Walls July 24, 1963 (s0c) - March 19, 2015. The world has lost a shining star who lived and loved more in the time represented by the hyphen than anyone else I know. If you knew her then I know your heart is broken as are ours. If you didn't know her, you lost a great opportunity to have your life enriched. This picture of Lu with her wonderful husband, Andrew Basil Arana was taken in New Zealand this past January where we were able to spend a few days together. I asked God to heal her from this illness as He had done before, and I asked God to keep her until we could get there and see her one last time, but God wanted to ease her pain and have her with Him.
— with Lucille Walls.
From Lu's husband Andrew Basil Arana:
In Loving Memory of Lucille Walls

Lucille (Lu) Gay Walls was born in Pontiac, Michigan on July 24, 1960 to Ernest and Lucy (Thompson) Walls and died In Seattle ...Washington on March 19, 2015. Lu was preceded in death by a sister Wilma Thierry and a brother Ernest Paul Walls, her niece Dawn Thierry, her former husband Craig Staudenbaur, and her mother and father in law Esther Arana and Frank Arana. She is survived by her loving husband of 18 years, Andrew Basil Arana, of Seattle, Washington, foster daughter Stephanie Capatina of Clackamas, Oregon, her parents Ernest and Lucy Walls of Goodrich, Michigan, sisters Charlotte (Ross Robinson) Walls, of Grass Lake, Michigan, and Carolyn Walls, of Goodrich as well as her sisters-in law Yvonne Arana Baltazar and Rose Arana-Sabala and brothers-in-law Earl, Nathan, Alexis, Francis, Michael, and John Arana. She was the world’s best aunt to Lisa (Hawk) Kennedy of Washington, D.C., Joshua (Shannon Slanec) Thierry of Holly, Michigan, Jessica (Brian) McKevett of Pleasant Lake, Michigan, Stephen Robinson of Grass Lake, Braden (Laura) Robinson of Haddonfield, New Jersey, Allison (Matthew) Baldi of Avon, Ohio, Madeline (Bobby) Ward of Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Rachel (Robert) Caston of Ronkonkoma, New York, and Benoit and Philippe Côté of Goodrich. She greatly enjoyed her great nieces and nephews, Alex and Samantha Roth and Charlotte and Daniel McKevett of Pleasant Lake, Emily and Nathan Robinson of Haddonfield, and William and Jackson Ward of Shepherdsville.

Lu was a generous and loving person who loved and lived life to the fullest. She was a huge proponent of education and after her graduation from Goodrich High School she obtained a Bachelors of Social Work (BASW) from Michigan State as well as a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) from the University of South Carolina, all attained after her loss of vision but not her ability to experience the world around her. She loved travel and had visited over 50 countries as well as all seven continents (including visiting the frigid penguins in Antarctica). Lu served as the Lead Epidemiologist at Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health Inc. in Banning California, as the Executive Director of Community Access Center in Riverside California, as the Deputy Director of the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities in Columbus, Ohio, and as the Executive Director of Alliance of People with disAbilities in Seattle Washington. She was a strong advocate for persons with disabilities and spent much of her career developing and running programs designed to train and develop the talents of persons with different abilities to attain and advance in full employment and quality of life.
Lu had a strong faith and a personal relationship with Christ. A memorial service in her honor will be held at 11 o’clock on March 28, 2015 at the Goodrich Assembly of God Church in Goodrich, Pastor William Walbridge officiating. Family visitation will be at 10 o’clock at the church.

Memorial contributions be made to the Innocence Project, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or the charity of your choice.

Lu and Andrew in New Zealand against cloud and mountain

RantWoman and God have been arguing about Lu's passing too. Here, in memory of Lu's endless strength, faith, and joy in living are further RantWoman reflections and exuberant memorial music.

RantWoman does not usually mention praying on this blog but it seems the best thing to do, the best way to remember Lu, the best way to reach all who lvoed her and especially Andrew and the rest of her family.

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