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By Alia Wilson
Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ - Truella Louise Jensen Lund, born and raised in Santa Cruz, was a strong-willed person who achieved whatever she set her mind to, her family recalled Sunday.
As the first female police officer for the city, hired in 1944, Mrs. Lund booked prisoners, handled phone calls and dispatched Santa Cruz police, the county Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol officers. She later worked as a clerk in the county Auditor's Office and she started the Hobby House Puppet Theater, with classes for children, special puppet shows and TV programs.
"She was very much a part of Santa Cruz, it was just a part of her upbringing," said Otto Lund, Mrs. Lund's son. "When she got it into her mind that she wanted to do something, she got it done. I was amazed she only worked for 15 years in her life, it seemed like she worked all of my life."
Mrs. Lund died Oct. 25 at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. She was 93. At the time of her death, she was living in the same Oceanview Avenue Victorian where she was born in 1915.
The child of two pioneer families, Mrs. Lund attended school in Santa Cruz before heading off to college. She graduated from Gault School, Branciforte School and Holy Cross, class of 1932. She then went to Mills College in Oakland, graduating with a bachelor's degree in speech and drama. Mrs. Lund also attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, working on her master's in speech. It was there that she met Virgil Victor Lund, her future husband.
"She also ran around with the Stagnaro girls, and was in their weddings," Otto Lund said. "It was a very small town back then, there were a lot of interrelationships."
Right before the breakout of World War II she returned to Santa Cruz and worked as a clerk in the county Auditor's Office. During the war, Mrs. Lund was hired as the first female police officer in the city of Santa Cruz. She was the desk sergeant on the 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift. The chief awarded her with a small off-duty badge that read "Policewoman No. 1," an item her family still treasures. Mrs. Lund left her position in 1948 to raise a family.
In 1953, Mrs. Lund became interested in puppets. She and a friend, Angela Combs, started the Hobby House Puppet Theater, with classes for children, special puppet shows and TV programs. She and her friend often spent weekends and holidays at Santa's Village in the puppet theater concession.
In 1955, Mrs. Lund became a caseworker in the county's social welfare department. She eventually became supervisor in charge of social services, working with nursing and boarding homes, day care and foster care licensing.
Mrs. Lund received her driver's license when she was 12. In those days the Highway Patrol issued licenses. Mrs. Lund would take the train to San Francisco and drive back the cars her father would sell at his car dealership at Front and Cooper streets, the first Ford dealership in Santa Cruz.
She was a member of Native Daughters of the Golden West, Soroptimist International and the American Association of University Women.
Friends are invited to the family home from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 28 for a celebration of Mrs. Lund's life.

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