Lou “Jean” Booker

Lou “Jean” Booker, 80, of Prospect, died Oct. 24, 2010. She was born April 4, 1930 in Chicago, Ill., to Rev. Ashley “Owen” O’Bryan and Lula Mae Owen.

She married and moved to California and then to Oregon in 1968. The big city girl cried for days upon her arrival in Prospect, but learned to love it so well 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 blossom. Bouquets brought to her were thoroughly enjoyed until the last blossom faded.

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

She is survived by her brother, Donald Owen O’Brien, of San Diego; a son, teddy Booker Jr., of Prospect; a daughter, Judith Ann Ehrheart, of Medford; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Teddy Booker and a son, Gary Ray Booker.

The memorial service will be held Saturday. Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Prospect with Rev. Monty Wing officiating. Interment will be in the Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Watoto Childcare Ministries.  Jean’s granddaughter works at Susie’s Flowers in Medford. She will deliver flowers to Prospect for the service.

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