Valerie Dawn Shumate, 51, of Montesano, went home to be with her loving Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, August 4, 2013, following complications during a recent surgery in Seattle. She was born June 15, 1962, in Longview, Washington, to parents Delmont and June Phelps Baker. Her grandparents were Zedekiah and Grace Baker, and Hanson and Velma Phelps.
Valerie is survived by loving husband, Rocky Shumate of Montesano; son, Alex (23) of Olympia; daughter, Caitlin (20) of Montesano; mother, June Baker; sisters, Veronica Baker of Olympia, Vicki Meyer of Oakville, Debbie Lorber; and brother, Shannon Baker of Centralia. She is also survived by loving in-laws, Floyd and Mildred Shumate of Montesano, Leroy and Rochelle Shumate of Satsop, Sherri and Juan Harvey of Montesano, Scott and Tonia Shumate of Satsop, Mike Shumate of Montesano, Keith and Julie Shumate of Chehalis, plus numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Alex’s dad, Benjamin Rueda of Mexico.
Valerie’s many interests were cross stitching, knitting, sewing and crocheting (of which she made many items and gave away to friends as gifts) and singing worship songs and bringing people into the presence of the Lord. She was a member of Central Park Neighborhood Church in Aberdeen, for 21 years. For five of those years she was a Missionette teacher and led four girls to become Honor Stars. For 18 of those years she was a worship singer, and also a worship leader at Central Park Neighborhood Church. Valerie had a great sense of humor, was very creative and was worshipful. A memorial celebration of life is being held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Central Park Neighborhood Church in Aberdeen. For more information, please call 532-4795.