Valerie Shumway

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Valerie was born on October 18, 1962 to Olean Vanderhoof and Karen Homer Waters in Ogden, Utah. She spent her early childhood in Boise, Idaho, and then moved to Layton, Utah for her junior high and high school years. Valerie attended Weber State University on scholarship, where she first met her future husband, who was also attending Weber State. On January 8, 1983, Valerie married the love of her life, Sterling Shumway in the Ogden Temple in Ogden, Utah. Shortly after, they moved to Mesa, Arizona where their first three daughters, Nicole, Natalie, and Raquel were born. They then moved to Provo, Utah where Valerie supported her husband and family while Sterling attended school and where their fourth daughter, Roxanne, was born. In 1992, Valerie and her family moved to Lubbock, TX where she spent the last 23 years of her life and where she gave birth to her son, Preston. Valerie continued to support her family while her husband pursued his graduate education at Texas Tech University. While in Lubbock she was blessed with nine grandchildren, with the tenth one on the way.

Valerie enjoyed being surrounded by her family whom she was fiercely protective of and loved unconditionally. Despite the many hardships she faced with her health, Valerie continued to be a soft place to land and gave selflessly of herself to her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Sterling Shumway; their children, Nicole Davis and husband, Jeremy; Natalie Benavides and husband, Ben; Raquel Cruz and husband, Adam; Roxanne Hall and husband, John; and Preston Sterling Shumway; mother, Karen Homer Waters; father, Olean E. Vanderhoof; grandchildren, Spencer, Presley, and Kevin Davis; Paxton, Maebry, and Lynden Benavides; Easton and Jovi Cruz; and Kennedy Hall; siblings, Brett Vanderhoof and wife, Mo; Sabrina Kvavle and husband, Jeff; and Kayla Vigil and husband, Jamie. Her brother, Matthew Vanderhoof, preceded her in death.

Valerie V. Shumway passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Valerie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.


Memorial contributions are welcome and the family suggests, The Lupus Foundation of America,


12 thoughts on “Valerie Shumway”

  1. Richard and Lauri Casler

    We are very sorry for your loss, you and your family will be in our prayers.

  2. Sterling—our thoughts and prayers are with you and you family. My God’ peace and grace be with you
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tony and Tim

  3. Sterling and family. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you as you take care of each other.

  4. You will never be forgotten. You were a wonderful sister in-law that had a welcoming attitude for a new sister in the family. Sterling and family, I send all my love. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  5. Jennifer Accuardi Gay

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this journey. May God’s neverending peace be with you all.

  6. Jill A. and Tod Rodenbaugh

    Condolences and prayers for comfort for your family. Valerie was an example of grace, beauty and service to so many. An amazing Mother, Grandmother and Sterling’s sweetheart. She will be greatly missed. “Family’s are Forever”

  7. Ginger Boydstun

    Sterling, there are no words to say how sorry I am about the loss of your beautiful wife, My thought and prayers will be with you for a long time to come, if I can ever do anything for you or your family, please don’t hesitate to let me know,

  8. Although I only met Valerie and Sterling once I was told many stories from miss Karen. My heart breaks for miss Karen and Sterling and the rest of your family. Sending love, light and prayers to all of you. Miss Karen I love you. Godspeed

  9. Valerie will be dearly missed my heart goes out to you Sterling and to the children and grandchildren

  10. Gay and Ken Noteware

    Her spirit was huge. Her life has impacted many, including mine. We pray for your family at this especially difficult time.

  11. There are no words to offer at a time like this. Nothing I could say will heal your broken hearts. However our Heavenly Father does have the words and He will hear you and speak to your hearts. May you find comfort in your knowledge that you will all be together again one day. Valerie is an amazing woman and she is missed by so many. Your family has been in our prayers every day morning and night. I know prayer works Heavenly Father listens. May the prayers of so many who love your family help to comfort you at this very difficult time.

  12. Dr. Shumway. I am so so sorry for your loss. I can’t explain the shock I felt of the news. Me and my husband were attending Family Week at Dove Tree this week when you spoke of this time in your life. I personally was affected of this news due to the fact that our attendance in this program was our third time and remember you speaking of your wife every time. I will pray for you!

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