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.