Charley Cullin Walters isn\u2019t surprised that Doris Day will not have a funeral, memorial service or grave marker, per a stipulation in her will.The star died on May 13 at age 97, the Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed to Fox News. In an emailed statement, the foundation said Day was surrounded by close friends at her Carmel Valley, Calif., home and \u201chad been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia.\u201dDORIS DAY DEAD AT 97As celebrities and fans across the country took time to mourn the Hollywood icon\u2019s loss, a statement from the foundation revealed that Day made it clear she did not want a lot of time spent on memorializing her death.\n Doris Day after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 28, 1989. (AP Photo, File)\n \u201cDoris\u2019 wishes were that she have no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker,\u201d the statement read in part.Walters, who served as Day\u2019s publicist, told Fox News it was the actress\/singer\u2019s \u201cvery, very clear wish\u201d not to have a memorial service or funeral.\u201c[It] was something a lot of people were surprised [by] \u2014\u00a0some people were even upset by it,\u201d he explained. \u201cI personally completely understand that having worked with her.\u201dDORIS DAY WILL HAVE NO FUNERAL, MEMORIAL OR GRAVE MARKER\n American actress Doris Day in a fur-trimmed coat, circa 1963.\n (Silver Screen Collection\/Getty Images)Walters said that for years\u00a0Day was offered the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oscars, but she repeatedly turned down the coveted honor.\u201cIt wasn\u2019t something she was interested in \u2014\u00a0and I came to really respect her for that,\u201d said Walters. \u201cThere\u2019s nobody like her anymore. She was truly an egoless person who did not crave the spotlight. In fact, she shied away from it. For her, her acting and her music career were her jobs, which her mother got her into at a very young age. She always said, \u2018I just did the best job that I could, and it was a pretty darn good job.'"Day left behind Hollywood in 1973 and moved to Carmel, where she focused on animal rescue, a lifelong passion. According to Walters, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reportedly offered Day a Lifetime Achievement Award about six times \u2014\u00a0and all six times she turned them down.\u201cThey dabbled with the idea of making it about the animals,\u201d claimed Walters. \u201c[But] she didn\u2019t want to return to Hollywood, which was always one of the requirements of the award up until recently \u2014\u00a0it was that you had to be there. That was something that was not of interest to her.\u201d\n Doris Day signs her name in cement by her handprints on Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California. (Photo by Hulton Archive\/Getty Images)\n DORIS DAY REMEMBERED BY CELEBRITIES\u201cInstead, the only wave of publicity we would do was usually around her birthday,\u201d continued Walters. \u201cWe convinced her at age 90 to release a photo, which was the first time she had done that in about 20 years. We realized though, that if she did just a little bit of publicity, she would see a nice spike in donations for the animals. And she liked that. So we did that and it became an annual tradition that we would release one photo on her birthday, every year.\u201dWalters was brought up to help with Day's publicity when she was gearing up to release 2011's "My Heart," an album of unreleased music. When Walters agreed to take on the gig of a lifetime, he learned that Doris hadn't appeared publicly since the 1989 Golden Globes.\n Rock Hudson (1925-1985) and Doris Day, circa 1960. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection\/Getty Images)\n "In a sense, our job was to protect her instead of promoting her, as she wasn\u2019t a person who craved the spotlight or attention," explained Walters.\u00a0"In the rare media interviews we did, the focus was always about her Doris Day Animal Foundation, her true passion. \u00a0After she lost her son Terry [Melcher], one of her only living family members, the DDAF is where she poured all her heart and soul, and she did an excellent job with that. In any interviews she did, she always brought It back to her 'four-legged friends,'\u00a0and I admired her so much for that.\u201dOver the years, many fans of America\u2019s Sweetheart always wondered what happened to Day or why she wouldn\u2019t entertain the idea of a Hollywood comeback. Some even speculated Day was insecure over her looks. However, Walters insisted that was far from the truth.DORIS DAY DIDN'T WANT TO AUDITION FOR HOLLYWOOD, BIOGRAPHER CLAIMS\u201cDoris considered her acting career her job, one she got into because of her own mother, and she simply tried to do the best job she possibly could,\u201d he explained. \u201cShe was a rare type of celebrity who never cared about the fame, and if anything would\u2019ve rather done without It.\u201d\n Doris Day prepares to speak at a press conference at the dog-friendly hotel she owns in Carmel, Calif., on July 16, 1985 (Photo by Paul Harris\/Getty Images)\n Still, Day never forgot\u00a0her fans. In fact, it's one of Walters\u2019 favorite memories of the screen icon.\u201cI\u2019ve never seen fans or her so full of joy when she walked in that room [on her annual birthday celebration],\u201d he recalled about longtime admirers who attended the celebration every year in hopes of finally meeting Day.\u201cInstead of getting tired of leaving early as we expected, she stayed around and greeted a line of every single person at that party, and let them all take photos too,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was remarkable, and a great testament to how beloved she was and always will be. One of my favorite line of hers was \u2018Never Say Never,\u2019 which she would say in the classic Doris tone and cadence when people would ask if they\u2019d ever see her back in Hollywood. \u00a0It was so indicative of her witty sense of humor, which she had until the very end.\u201dDORIS DAY GIVES RARE INTERVIEW\n Doris Day (center) with admirers.\n (Splash)Day was known as a honey-voiced singer and gifted actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history.Day's smooth-as-silk vocals, wholesome blond beauty and megawatt\u00a0smile brought her a string of hits, first on records and later in Hollywood.Despite her seemingly perpetually sunny and smiling exterior, Day's life took a number of tragic turns, including the death of her only child, three divorces and the death of another husband who turned out to have squandered her earnings, leaving her deeply in debt.She never won an Academy Award, but Day was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, as George W. Bush declared it "a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff of Evanston, Ohio decided to become an entertainer."\n American singer and actress Doris Day in an exuberant pose with her arms outstretched, circa 1990. (Photo by Terry O'Neill\/Iconic Images\/Getty Images)\n DORIS DAY OPENS UP ABOUT LEAVING HOLLYWOODIn later years, she lived quietly near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where she was an animal welfare activist and founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation.Fox News\u2019 Tyler McCarthy and Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.