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Valerie Gay MacMillan

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Valerie Gay MacMillan
54 years young, of Yuba City; passed away on Sunday July 14, 2013 in the comforting presence of her beloved family. Although her life was too short, those who knew Valerie, understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.

Valerie was born in Yuba City, CA on April 1, 1959; the first and only child to Marvin and Mary Coble. She was a seventh generation Yuba Sutter resident with roots to the founding families of Dobbins, CA. She graduated from Marysville High School in 1977, and many remember her driving around town in her red 1967 corvette convertible. She received an academic scholarship to the University of the Pacific; where in three years she earned her Bachelor's degree in Business.

During her time at U.O.P. Valerie embraced life and traveled abroad to destinations in Europe and the Caribbean, before returning to Yuba City where she gave birth to her first daughter Heather in 1983 and her second daughter Crystal in 1987, both considered Valerie their best friend.

With help from her husband Bob, and daughter Heather, Valerie opened the doors to Pawformance Pet Specialties in 2002, a retail division of King Wholesale Inc, which Valerie had established in 1987. Valerie always had a love of animals and wanted to ensure there was access to high quality pet supplies, feed, and options for dog training for passionate pet lovers, Pawformance allowed her that freedom. Her business success has catered to retail customers as well as retail stores and pet care professionals worldwide.

Aside from her prestigious pet supply businesses, much of her spare time was spent contributing to fostering and aiding in pet adoptions, many of which resulted in her adding new pets to her own family. She was referred to by many from the Northern California Border Collie Rescue as "The Border Collie Whisperer."

In addition to her already hyper-active schedule, Valerie and Bob acquired what would become Township Stables, a serene horse boarding facility with a beautiful view of the Sutter Buttes. More recently, Valerie was able to enjoy what she loved most, spending time with her own horses and seeing her daughter, Crystal evolve into an accomplished rider. Valerie loved life in every sense of the word, her family, friends and animals were everything to her.

Valerie is survived by her husband, Robert MacMillan, daughters Heather Smith, 30, and Crystal Toogood, 26, her parents Marvin and Mary Coble, in addition to many loving family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held for Valerie's family and friends on Sunday August 11, 2013 from 11a.m.-2p.m. at 4013 Colusa Highway, under the shade trees, behind Pawformance. The family will hold a private burial at Sutter Cemetery where Valerie will rest in peace.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial donations may be made to continue the legacy Valerie left, helping animals. Memorial Fund for Valerie MacMillan, River Valley Bank â€" 1629 Colusa Ave., Yuba City, CA 95993.

Valerie's family is forever grateful for the outpouring love and support from all of the beautiful people in Valerie's life, including those from the UC Davis Cancer Center that gave her more time and Rideout Memorial Hospital for their compassion. The overwhelming love and support will forever be in their hearts.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from July 27 to July 28, 2013
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