Juniper Valley Park Mourns the Loss of a Super Volunteer: Lucille Churi - JuniperCivic.com
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Originally published in the April 1998 Juniper Berry Magazine

Juniper Valley Park Mourns the Loss of a Super Volunteer: Lucille Churi

She volunteered up in Juniper Valley Park many times 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. The untimely death of Lucille Churi has shocked the community. A regular fixture at Juniper Park Civic Association meetings, Lucille was also the eyes and ears of the JPCA on park conditions and problems. Through her efforts the park was a much nicer place to visit throughout the 1990's.

She handled the tennis courts, special permits, and cleaned and planted flowers in Juniper's lovely gardens. Thanks to Lucille's help, park workers Wade Metzger, Hank Ritter and Bill Tully were able to handle important duties in general park maintenance. Lucille was always there to help, you could count on her... Juniper was her second home, said Wade. He said people are always asking about her and she is dearly missed. Lucille's absence has created a tremendous void at Juniper that can never be filled. The Juniper Park Civic Association sends our heartfelt condolences to Lucille's family on this great loss. A loss that will be felt in the community for a very long time.

Efforts are presently being undertaken to name one of her gardens in the park in her memory.