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Home arrow News arrow Obituaries arrow Obituary for Oct. 22, 2012

Obituary for Oct. 22, 2012


Valerie Larkin

John Day, 1946-2012

Valerie Larkin, 66, a longtime John Day resident and former resident of North Powder, died Oct. 15, 2012, at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day.

Her graveside service was Saturday at the Canyon City Cemetery. 

Valerie Fay was born on Jan. 9, 1946, at Baudette, Minn., to William and Victoria Mitchell McKinnon. She was the youngest of six children. 

The family moved to Mitchell where she started school. North Powder was also their home before they moved to John Day. Valerie graduated from Grant Union High School on May 28, 1965. 

Valerie met her husband Barney Larkin in the winter of 1964 at a local restaurant. She soon invited him to her junior/senior prom in the spring of 1965. 

It was a love that bloomed quickly and Barney proposed to her on May 18, 1965. They were married just one day after graduation on May 29, 1965. They spent 47 beautiful years of marriage together, family members said.  

Valerie enjoyed being a homemaker but also worked at the Grant County Cleaners for a few years. She later managed The Gold Town Pizza Parlor and also cared for her father and mother for several years.

Valerie loved spending time with her family and baby-sitting her nieces and nephews. She always cared more about everyone else than she did herself. 

She was everybody’s mom and best friend, her family members said.

Her children, Jaime and Jeremy had many friends who also called her mom. She never missed a game or an event that her children were participating in. She made it to every family event and gathering that she could. Valerie’s life became even more joyous with the birth of her beautiful granddaughter Alyx.

She was proceeded in death by her mother Victoria Mitchell McKinnon; her father, William McKinnon; and her oldest sister, Beverly McKinnon Klish.

Survivors include her husband, Barney Larkin of John Day; son, Jeremy Larkin of Prineville; daughter, Jaime Larkin, and granddaughter, Alyx Larkin, of Pendleton; brothers, Charles McKinnon, Dennis McKinnon and Donald McKinnon; sister, Shirley McKinnon Mentzer; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.  

 
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