Valerie (Val) Van Nes

(nee Johnson)

was born on May 10th, 1950 in Central Butte, Saskatchewan and passed away on September 2nd, 2012 in Vernon, B.C. at the age of 62 years. Val will be lovingly remembered by her faithful husband; Rudi, her loving daughter; Angela, her grandchildren; Niki and Lee and their grandpa, Lorne. Also her dad Howard who is now enjoying his late 80’s, Rudi’s daughters; Shelly and husband; Christian and Shannon and son; Ty. Val was preceded in death by her mother, Lil on May 10th, 2007. Val also goes to join some special 4-legged friends; Sandy, Jeans, Casey, Katie and many others. She also goes to join 3 folks whom she has admired all her life as they gave her perseverance, hope and strength to succeed – Auntie Puff, Gladie and Howdie.

Val was born in a mixed farming community in southern Saskatchewan and from that grew her love of animals. After moving to B.C. she enjoyed fishing, camping, building rock walls around the garden and flower beds in her yard, poetry and dabbling in watercolor painting. Decorating with antique country pieces both inside and outside her home complimented the outstanding woodworking that was one of her many hobbies. After collecting for many years, her last job at Antique Imports was her icing on the cake!

She will miss the many friends she has gathered along the way, and to those she would say “Happy trails to you – until we meet again”.

Cremation preceded a Celebration of Val’s Life which will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. with Mr. Victor Noakes officiating. A Reception will follow in the Tea Room at Bethel Funeral Chapel.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice House for the wonderful care, support and love shown to mom and our family during her time there.

As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Val to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation (Cancer Centre Expansion) 2101 32nd Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5L2, The Vernon District Animal Society P.O. Box 1564, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8C2 “Helping those who cannot help themselves” or to the North Okanagan Hospice Society 3506 27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4.

Funeral arrangements have been made with


5605 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5

(250) 542-1187

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