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Valerie Sue Cleverly Baker "She was an angel on Earth" Valerie Sue Cleverly Baker passed away peacefully, with her loving husband at her side, on July 23, 2011. She was born on February 18, 1953 in Salt Lake City to Marvin Nelson Cleverly and Agnes Loraine Bates Cleverly. She was raised in Bountiful, Utah with her seven brothers and sisters who she cherished throughout her life. She met and married Benjamin Harvey Baker on December 1, 1977. Marriage solemnized in the Jordan River Temple, May 5, 1990. She had the privilege of helping raise two wonderful children, Laurie and David. She was a 30 year career employee at Mountain Bell where she developed her organizational and management skills. She loved children and after retiring, she worked as a teacher's aide and substitute teacher. She was an active and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various Stake and Ward callings including Primary President, Young Women's President, and Relief Society President. She loved attending the temple and served as a temple worker at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. She loved being a grandmother to her six wonderful grandchildren as well as an incredible aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was optimistic, courageous, thoughtful, and she loved to laugh. Whether on a houseboat at Lake Powell, organizing a shower or party, playing games or traveling with the James Family, a perfect day for Val was a day spent with family and friends. She was creative and artistic which was evident in her crocheting and ceramics, many of which were given away as gifts to others. She kept an immaculate yard and beautiful garden. Her homemade salsa and sugar cookies were legendary. Val touched and blessed many lives. She was generous with her time and resources and was always available with a helping hand or a listening ear. She was not only a great leader, but a wonderful supporting cast member when needed. She could be the life of the party or the person there to lighten another's burden. She was the pure love of Christ in action. She will be missed. Survived by her husband, Harvey; children Laurie Mabey and David Baker (Diane); grandchildren Brian James (BJ) Mabey, Debi Mabey, Jake Mabey, Christa Baker, Benjamin Baker, Chloe Baker; and by her mother and six brothers and sisters: Lee Ann Sargent (Willy), Janet Lambert (Glen), Neil Cleverly (Cheri), Frank Cleverly, Brent Cleverly (LeeAnn), Joyce Waddoups (Jon). Preceded in death by her father and by her sister Marva Olsen. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Welby 3rd Ward, 8385 So. 4800 W. in West Jordan, Utah. Family and friends may visit Thursday, July 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Church and one hour prior to services. Interment at Lake View Memorial Cemetery, 1640 East Lakeview Drive, Bountiful, Utah. Online condolences may be made at www.memorialutah.com.

Published in Deseret News on July 27, 2011
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