In Loving Memory

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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.



Kevin M. Breeland

General Manager

Residential Mortgage of South Carolina, LLC

427 Johnnie Dodds Rd.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Competitive by nature...the Best by choice!



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Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121


I'm so happy to hear that the time you had with your sister was so well spent.

That's all we can do is make sure whatever time we have with our family is spent with as much love as possible.

It sounds like you were a great brother to her, and she was fortunate to have someone who would take the time and let everyone know what a great person she was.

Thanks for letting me know all about your sister Valerie.

Jan 12, 2010 02:07 AM #1
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Kevin, thanks for introducing Valerie to us. It sounds like you have many fond memories of her, which I'm sure will make you smile often. Thanks, too, for reminding us in your gentle way to let those in our lives know how much they mean to us. Best to you,

Jan 12, 2010 02:14 AM #2
Kevin Breeland
Prospect Mortgage, LLC - Austin, TX

Thank you for your comments....

Jan 12, 2010 05:01 AM #3
Jimmy Waring - Summerville, SC

Nicely done.... everyone can see you truly loved her.

Jan 12, 2010 05:44 AM #4

i haven't checked on your blog for a while and it was nice to see Val's picture and your thoughts.  I'm so glad dad was able to go down and be with you guys.  I'm so sorry for your loss of such an amazing sister and friend.

love and miss you lots


Jan 27, 2010 05:58 AM #5
Kevin Breeland
Prospect Mortgage, LLC - Austin, TX

Thanks Nicole.....It really meant alot to me that Wayne was able to be there....

Jan 27, 2010 06:24 AM #6
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