Michaella "Lula" LaWayne Coe
May 5, 2003 - February 24, 2014
Early on the morning of February 24th, 2014, our girl, Lula, was called home to her heavenly father. Lula spent her final months at home with her family, where, wrapped in her mother's and father's loving arms and surrounded by her brothers, extended family, and close friends, peacefully left us all here as she completed her journey home. In the 10 ½ years she was shared with her earthly family, she brought light, joy, laughter, dance, song, spunkiness, wisdom of the ages, and inspiring faith to us all.
Lula fought an unfaltering, tenacious, and uncomplaining 2 ½ year battle against Wilms Cancer with the steadfast support of Dr. Nathan Meeker and the medical staff at St. Luke's Children's Clinic (MSTI), all of whom came to love her deeply and consider her family. Thanks to Make-A-Wish, Lula, her brothers, and her mom and dad were able to visit Sea World and the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The wonderful medical staff at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City led her through the rigors of a bone marrow transplant in January 2013, after which, for a time, she was able to feel her body grow and thrive.
In the last year of her life, Lula played in the sunshine, swam in rivers and pools, rode her best friend (a bay quarter horse) "Joseph", shared in the joy of her mother's marriage to Sean Patrick Smith and a shared "family honeymoon" at the Oregon Coast, had a remarkable weekend in Salt Lake City, thanks to The American Flag, Voice of Many, the Hyatt Place in downtown Salt Lake City and the amazing generosity of family friends, where she met Tinkerbell and Rapunzel, and was greeted by the Salt Lake City Jazz Bear. She spent a weekend in Vallejo, California where she, her mom, and her "Sweetie" played at Six Flags, swam with dolphins, and went to the beach with her cousins in Santa Cruz. Lula was honored with a special screening of "The Last Unicorn," personally presented by the author Peter S. Beagle in Boise through the generosity of Edwards Boise 22 Stadium Theaters in Boise.
When the cancer returned aggressively, Lula chose to meet it head-on, accept her call to return home, and spend every possible minute in the heart of her family. Lula's strength and cheerfulness was only exceeded by her innate desire to take care of those around her, most especially her parents and her brothers, as they struggled with the pain of her journey. She often helped them smile through the tears when they were wondering how they would face their world without her daily smiles, bossy attitude, and wonderful laughter.
Lula is survived by her father, Nathan Coe, mother and step-father, Katie and Sean Smith, her brothers Alexzander, Gabriel, and her twin, Chaz. She is also survived by her grandparents Charlie Coe, Mike and Sally "Nanapants" Preston, Pat and Theresa Roark, Rich and Sue Hahn, and Julie "Sweetie" Williams, as a well as her aunts and uncles, Ashley and Jesse Brother, Dustin and Aaron Coe, Kelly and Tara Roark, Michael and Christy Kuiken, her cousins, Joshua and Bella Brother, Connor, Ian and Emmaline Roark and a sister who remained closer than family, Piper Myers-Poppay and numerous other cousins and extended family.
In truth, Lula leaves so many people behind; it's not possible to write everyone down here. And she loved us all!
The family extends their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Robie's Got Faith, Monique Zehner and Gordon Epperson, Minda and her staff at the Hyatt Place in Salt Lake City, for their continual emotional and financial support, and to Idaho Power Company, Diamond Lines Inc., and Idaho Housing and Finance Association for the support provided, allowing family members the flexibility to spend precious time with Lula.
Whenever we see a unicorn, feel the soft nuzzle of a horse, witness the penetrating observation of a dolphin, see a young girl in bright miss-matched knee socks, or hear the theme music from "The Last Unicorn" we'll know Lula is speaking to us and telling us that she is watching over us, and teaching us to see the joy in every moment, because our eternity together will begin soon enough.
Lu. The sun came out, again, today. Birds are chirping.
Honeybees bustle around my hands, hoping for nectar or something else to make sweetness out of.
I have nothing to offer but a dread hope. Peel back the darkened, drooped petals - lift them - and there is still an inner life, a dusting of pollen, breath for tomorrow. But it's a heavy lifting.
And so, we begin this heavy lifting. Let's be worthy of our FairyWarrior and bear this weight well and with Love. She wouldn't have us any other way. Except for maybe with a little bit of fairy dust.
COME! PLAY/CRY/LAUGH/DANCE/LIGHT THE SKY ON FIRE WITH US.
Services will be Saturday, March, 1st @ 6 o'clock at the Vineyard Boise 4950 Bradley street. Garden City, Id. We are having an evening service because Lu's made plans for you peoples. Also, there is a strict dress code:
No one is to wear black.
Brightest colors possible, please, though Lula is less approving of pink than yellow, orange, green, blue and purple.
If you are wearing a tie, she prefers bowties.
Fairy wings are greatly encouraged.
Sparkles will be welcomed. In fact, if you don't have any, you might be "given" some at the door.
Things mismatched are things to be celebrated.
We could never have gotten this far without all of you. So, if you're sitting there, reading this, and you're wondering if you should come, the answer is a resounding YES. Yes! YES!
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Lu's wish was for people to donate "even $5 or $10 to help her friend Gideon." I will post a link for that and there will be an offering place at the service, as well. Thank you for your steadfast love and support of our littlest warrior.
Condolences and memories may be submitted on Lula's webpage at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com
Cloverdale Funeral Home
1200 North Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713
Published in Idaho Statesman from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2014