Willie Mae Luster was born August 13, 1917, at Willis, Texas, to parents Felix and Lizzie (Watkins) Alexander. She died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at her home in Hermiston, Oregon, at the age of 94.
She was raised in Willis and moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1944 and worked for Boeing. In 1948 she moved to Pasco, Washington, and to Hermiston in 1952. She worked for Baggett Turkey Farm and at Lamb Weston before retiring. On August 13, 1978, she married Rev. Greenwood Luster in Hermiston.
Willie Mae was a member of the Church of God on Cherry Street. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, and cooking. The family would like to thank Dr. Stewart Swena and Karla Thomas of Vange John Hospice for their care of Willie Mae.
She is survived by her daughter Nora and husband Lonnie Colbray Sr. of Hermiston; sister Diane Minniefield of Houston, Texas; 8 grandchildren, Jackie Linton of Hermiston, Leroy Colbray of Hermiston, Tony Colbray Sr. of Pasco, Wash., Dean Colbray Sr. of Anchorage, Alaska, Jennie Greene of Salem, Ore., Denise Colbray of Tacoma, Wash., Lonnie Colbray Jr. of Hermiston and David Colbray of Hermiston; 22 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband Greenwood Luster in 2010; brothers J.V. Scott and Robert Lee Johnson; sister Nora Young; and great-grandson Ronnie Gayles Jr.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Burial will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 1050 W. Elm Avenue, Suite 220, Hermiston, OR 97838 or to Feed The Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.
Please sign the condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.