Valerie Diane WALLACE

Valerie Diane Wallace

April 22, 1944 – August 6, 2020

 

Valerie Diane Wallace passed away peacefully at home in Calgary on August 6, 2020 at the age of 76 years.

Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Valerie received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1968 and went on to pursue a career in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary. Throughout her life, she was an active member of the community as a volunteer for the Cerebral Palsy Association, a member of the YMCA, Toastmaster’s Club and the Alberta Handicrafts Guild  among others.

A foster parent to several children in South America, she was a strong advocate for the disadvantaged both in her career and private life.  She also donated to the welfare of animals, and supported the reintroduction of wolves from B.C. to Yellowstone Park.

Valerie  adopted a number of rescued cats over the years who became valued pets.

Travel was an important part of Valerie’s life and she visited many parts of the world, including Russia, Eastern Europe, China and the Galapagos.

She is survived by her brother, Leonard Wallace (Victoria Cross) of Windsor, Ontario.

Valerie leaves behind many good friends who will deeply miss her. 

Condolences may be forwarded through www.countryhillscrematorium.ca

 

 

 

 

11 Obituaries

  1. Carol Dunham

    Valerie Diane was a very special person. I have many fond memories. As Bob Hope would say, “Thanks for the Memories”

    • Sam Fishman / Investors Group [ Retired ]

      Leonard & Victoria,
      My sincere condolences on seeing that Valerie passed away. I was with Investors Group for many years, and Valerie was one of my dearest clients. We met at either my office or my coming to her home, and each appointment was special when seeing her and always with her upbeat positive energy, and attitude. May her memory be a comfort to you, and her many friends and colleagues, going forward.

      Sam

      • Bernadette Smith

        My sincerest condolences to Valerie’s family. I will miss our talks and Valerie’s kindness and her sense of humor.

        • Yolande Worthington

          I’m a member of one of Valerie,s craft groups. We shared many laughs and good conversations. She’ll be sadly missed.

          • Bea, Cyndie, Tammy and Kelly

            My condolences to Leonard. Your sister was the strongest person I ever met. She taught me how to be more humble, how to appreciate life more, how to be more grateful and how to laugh at life’s obstacles. My daughters and I took care of Valerie for many years. We will miss her every day.

            • Gianna

              Valerie Diane was a dear colleague who worked hard in her career. . I remember her compassion and drive. I am saddened by her loss. The world lost a true fighter . She sure loved cats. Rest In Peace .

              • Marina R Skulsky

                I have fond memories of Valerie and was sorry to read her obituary. She had a great sense of humour and was a delightful, kind patient at our clinic.

                • Peter Gieswein

                  Leonard, please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your sister. Though I did not know your sister I remember you very well. Losing a family member is heart wrenching.

                  • George Plantus

                    Sincere condolences Leonard. I remember Valerie from when you started in our band. She lived quite the life. May she rest in peace and her memory be eternal.

                    • ellen mcleod

                      Hello Leonard,

                      I only learned today of Valerie’s death, but I do remember her well from King George School. I remember your mother as well.
                      I mentioned her name to my husband and then I googled her tonight. I sent the obit to three of my childhood friends who will remember her too.

                      I was sorry to hear of her death but very happy to know about her interesting life and the good she did for many people and animals.
                      I did research on the history of handicrafts guilds in Canada and found it interesting that she was involved with the Alberta Handicrafts Guild.
                      I still have ties in Windsor and when I get back there and go by Ottawa St and the old school, I will think of her.

                      Ellen Easton McLeod,
                      Ottawa

                      • Gail Engelman

                        My condolences in the loss of your sister. I will always remember her as an inspiring, persistent, intelligent and positive human being.

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