MONTEREY NEWS OBIT
by Steve Snyder
Val passed away June 28 at her beloved home in her treasured forest and hills of Mt.Hunger. To all those fortunate to know her whether for a moment or a lifetime she was an inspiration of contagious delight, generosity, creativity, adventure and compassion. From the day she and daughter Emily moved from Long Island to Monterey 29 years ago, she embraced the town and South County, it's people, places, creatures and plants with the love and energy that surprised those of us who knew her to meet those who didn't, compelling us to bring them into her circle. Despite many hardships she was charmed by life and charming in return as daughter, sister, wife, mother, artist, gardener, health store owner, professional clown and, perhaps above all, teacher, formally but most importantly by example and inspiration showing all of us the best of how to be. That she lived and thrived despite an amazing struggle with cancer for the last 13 years was huge but paled against her spirit only revealing how genuine and deep were the qualities that drew us to her and lead us to continue her legacy which we invite you to join.
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