Valery Kay (Thomas) Steckel|
Valery Kay (Thomas) Steckel, 75, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2013 in Kent, Washington after battling advanced dementia and lung cancer.
She was born in The Dalles, Oregon on May 9, 1938 to Walter F. (Bud) and Myrtle E. Otey, spent her early childhood in The Dalles, and later moved to Portland, Oregon. Valery attended Roosevelt High School in Portland where she was active in the theater, an accomplished pianist, and graduated class valedictorian. She went on to attend University of Portland where she met and later married Gordon Thomas. Together they had one daughter, Kimberley. Their family lived in Kailua, Hawaii from 1964-1969 and quickly developed a fondness for the sandy beaches and the Hawaiian way. They relocated to Bellingham, Washington in 1969, then in 1974 settled in Bellevue, Washington.
She worked most of her career life as a legal secretary at law firms in Bellevue where she developed many close friendships and was well-liked by the attorneys she worked with as well as their clients.
She had a passion for cooking, enjoyed sewing, and going to the theater. She was an avid reader, and didn't go a day without working a crossword puzzle. Vacations often took her back to Hawaii, more specifically, to the family's Kauai condo. She also made a point to travel abroad a couple of times a year and brought back great adventure stories of her trips and new friends she'd met.
Valery cherished spending time with friends and family and bragged often about her daughter and granddaughters. She had a tender heart for all animals.
She is remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed.
Her family would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to all the staff at Stafford Suites for the loving care they provided to her these past two and a half years.
She is survived by daughter Kimberley (Len) Brudvik, and granddaughters Lauren, Kelly, and Malia Brudvik of Auburn, Washington.
She is preceded in death by her second husband, William "Bill" Steckel.
A private celebration of her life will take place at a later date. Memorial donations can be made in her name to:
or Franciscan Hospice.
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Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2013