Valerie was more than an editor to me. She was a dear friend who supported me through my own and my family's bouts with cancer. I was someone she could talk to as she wrestled with her mother's illness and the various problems she faced. We laughed together, we cried together, went to lunch together, and loved cats.
Val's life included her work for several publishers, co-editing the AML publication and serving a term as treasurer. She taught English and creative writing at BYU and UVU, worked for the Church, co-authored a book about Provo, worked as a freelance editor, mentored many promising writers, and the list could go on and on. She spent a good share of her life promoting literary works for the LDS community and working to improve the quality of writing by LDS authors.
I'd like to finish this tribute to a special lady with a few of her own words:
So long for now, my friend. You're leaving a big hole in my heart, but one day we'll be together again in that cul-de-sac in heaven we goosies have long joked about and dreamed of.