Valerie Smith, In Loving Memory, November 7, 1958 - January 1, 2010
On January 2, 2010 I received a call from older sister that my sister Valerie had passed away suddenly. With that news I took my mother and off to Houston, Texas we went.
I would like you to know my sister. She was my younger sister and did all the things younger sisters do. Growing up she was the rebel....although her rebellion was always viewed "funny" and I never understood that....but again younger sisters get that pass.
My sister grew up, married, had one child (Brittany), and divorced. Not unlike many people we all know. Brittany was the pride of her life. They were not only mother and daughter but best friends, very much like my older sister and her daughter as well. Brittany grew up, went to college, and graduated with a degree in forensic science. Valerie was so proud, but then she was always proud of Brittany.
My sister worked for Home Depot in the accounting department. She was born in El Paso, Texas, grew up, and lived most of her life in Texas. She was a quiet person, but one with a big heart. I never heard her speak ill towards anyone, if she was your friend you had a friend you count on. If you lost her trust, well that was another thing...all I can as is good luck on winning it back.
My sister was a simple person with simple needs. She never asked for much. In her passing she did not want a service or any major production, just a simple cremation and family gathering which we did. Valerie would have loved how we honored her memory and how we will continue to honor her memory going forward. I am so thankful I told her I loved her the last time we spoke.
Most of all, I am thankful for having such a sister like Valerie. She was a wonderful mom, woman, co-worker, and sister. We will miss her very much but she will always be with us.