Valerie Stevenson

Valerie Marie Stevenson
Valerie Marie Stevenson
Feb. 17, 1954 – July 12, 2011
Valerie lost her courageous 6½ year battle with Multiple  Myeloma, (Bone Marrow Cancer) on Tuesday July 12, 2011.  She died peacefully in her sleep at home after a weekend filled with love and laughter from visiting family and friends.  Born in San Bernardino she is the only child of Joe and Rita Toland of Fontana and lived her whole life in the Inland Empire, the last 19 years in Yucaipa.  Valerie attended Fontana High School and held a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology from U.C.R.  She had a long career as a Supervising Clinical Laboratory Scientist and retired from the Loma Linda V.A. Hospital in 2006 after diagnosing herself with Multiple Myeloma.  She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Michael Stevenson.  Valerie was a very sociable person who loved animals, (especially her dogs), everyone who knew her Valerie became instant friends with anyone she met.  She was an advocate for the International Myeloma traveling, making jewelry and meeting new people.  Loved by Foundation, (IMF) and co-chaired the local Myeloma Support Group and helped many fellow patients who were struggling with this disease.  Instead of flowers, Valerie requested that donations be made in her memory to the I.M.F. Online - donate.myeloma.org, or by Phone - 1.800.452.2873.  There will be a Monday evening vigil at 7:00 pm July 25, 2011 at St. Frances X. Cabrini Catholic Church, 12687 California St. Yucaipa.  A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday July 26, 2011.  A reception will follow at the church.
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