Formerly of Hereford and Unity,
Valerie Joan Wilson, 62, a former Hereford and Unity resident, died peacefully on Feb. 27, 2019, at Tooele, Utah, surrounded by her husband and children.
At her request, disposition was by cremation. There will be a memorial service for Valerie on June 23 at Burnt River Community Church in Unity.
Valerie was born on April 19, 1956, at Baker City to Chet and Myrnie Koontz of Hereford. She was one of nine children born into the Koontz family. She spent her childhood on the family ranch in Hereford, riding horses, milking cows and helping her Dad out in the field. She loved playing cards with her family, which turned into a lifelong pastime.
In 1982, Valerie met the love of her life, Rodney Wilson. It didn’t take long for them to make a lifelong commitment. They did everything together. Taking long drives in the country, playing cards with Chet and Myrnie, and helping brand calves was how they spent their time together. Rod and Val tied the knot on Jan. 10, 1986. Quickly, their family grew. By 1990, they had four children: Randi, Jocee, CJ and Titus.
Valerie always felt that Oregon was her home, and she lived in many different cities. Rod and Val finally settled down in Unity to raise their family. Valerie loved volunteering at her children’s school, riding the bus to swim lessons, and helping plan class parties. Valerie was also very involved in Burnt River Community Church where she faithfully attended for 35 years. Her greatest passion about church was singing. She loved to sing to the congregation. Valerie loved playing her guitar and recently learned how to play the piano.
In 2001, Valerie and Rod adopted their grandson Andrew, who proved to be a perfect addition to the family. Valerie loved attending all her kids’ sporting events. You could always find her in the bleachers, yelling words of encouragement to everyone. She herself loved to play volleyball and played in the city league. She also loved to crochet and craft. She made several afghans and rugs. Many can attest to her dedication and handiwork when it came to her rugs! She was always quick to make a rug for a wedding or birthday. She loved making them and giving them away.
In 2017, Valerie and Rod moved to Tooele, Utah, for a job opportunity and to start a new chapter in their life together. While in Tooele, they enjoyed dining out, taking in the sites and watching their grandkids play softball. In October of 2018, Valerie received the devastating diagnosis of lung cancer. She fought till the end. We love our mother and her fun-loving spirit, her children said. We can all see her dancing around the kitchen, singing her heart out. She will always be our cheerleader.
Valerie is survived by her husband of 37 years, Rodney Wilson; her daughters, Randi Wilson and Jocee Arriola (Zac); her sons, CJ Wilson (Destiny), Titus Wilson (Jessica) and Andrew Wilson (Josette); eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her sisters, Davelle Baker (Dale), Kristi Ping (Denny), Gwynneth Anderson (Quinton), Richelle Brown (Loren), Kimala Hoskins (Tim) and Shauna Andrews (Corey); and her only brother, Chip Koontz (Cathleen).
Valerie was preceded in death by her father, Chester Koontz; her mother, Myrnie Koontz; her loving sister, Jonda Myers; her in-laws, Lowell and Charlotte Wilson; and her brother-in-law, Richard Wilson.
Her family extends a special thanks to her team at Intermountain Medical Center. Dr. Lowe and his team of nurses took great care of her till the end. They also thanked CNS in Tooele for providing the care and comfort she needed.