Known to her many family members and friends as Val, Spikie and Nana-Pie, Valeta was born in Los Angeles on November 16, 1937. She passed away March 18, 2016 in Bakersfield, California, surrounded by loving family and friends.
A graduate of University High in Los Angeles, Valeta and her husband of 60 years, Robert, raised a family in Bakersfield where she worked for Sierra Jr. High School and the Bakersfield City School District.
Valeta and Robert moved to Shaver Lake, California in 1982, where Valeta began work for Clovis Community Bank and the Pine Ridge School District.
After retiring, her passion for volunteer work flourished. She was involved in several community and social organizations including Southern California Edison, Water Board, Civic League and Birthday Club.
She also loved arts and crafts. Hundreds of hours were spent making things with her children and grandchildren. The homes of her family and friends are filled with incredible afghans and quilts made by her with love.
Her passion for nature inspired her to create the Shaver Lake Volunteers, a group dedicated to the development and preservation of trails around Shaver Lake. Valeta's work, her memory, and her spirit will forever live on in Shaver Lake, its residents, and the mountains she loved.
Valeta was preceded in death by her grandson David Everet Plumb and survived by husband Robert L. Avery, Jr., daughter Jeanine (Bob), daughter Robin (Pete), son Robert (Denise), brother Skip (Jody), sister-in-law Dianne (Larry), along with six grandchildren and their spouses, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 8, at Shaver Lake Chapel, with a reception to follow at the Community Center. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations for the construction of a bench for weary hikers overlooking Shaver Lake on one of her favorite walking trails.
Bench donations can be sent to Robert Avery at 14013 Calle Rosales, Bakersfield, Ca. 93314. Donations can also be made to the Shaver Lake Volunteers at P.O. Box 483, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664.
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