Valerie R. Tully, 68, passed away at Harborview Medical Center Saturday, February 22, 2014. Valerie's husband Robert and brother Donald Nault were at her side in her final hour.
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Valerie was born to Benjamin Howard and Nancy Marilynn (MacKenzie) Raley, December 2, 1945 in Los Angeles, CA.
She spent most of her childhood growing up in Great Falls, Montana. She attended schools in Great Falls from 1952 to 1964, graduating from Great Falls High School with the class of 1964. While attending various Montana colleges, she received her Bachelors of Science degree at Eastern Montana College for elementary education in 1976.
Valerie moved to Washington State in 1979 with the help of her brother Don Nault. Don remembered his sister saying "I'm going to like it here", after seeing Mount Rainier for the first time.
She began substitute teaching at various schools while residing in Everett. She visited with old friends, Charlotte and Gary Thomas of Lake Stevens also Jack and Bunny Dick of Mount Vernon. While bowling on her friend Bunny's team, she met her husband Robert.
Robert and Valerie were married on Valentines Day in 1982. They celebrated their 32nd anniversary this year which was quite a feat as it was their third marriage each. Val loved her new mother-in-law, saying she was the mother she never had. Bob worked as a towboat operator on Puget Sound and Alaska. Val stayed home with her twin daughters, Tommy and Traci Mans while Bob was away from home on the tug boat for two weeks or more at a time. Val's son Ronald elected to live with his dad in Montana. The girls, born in 1965, both graduated from Mount Vernon high School.
Val and Bob traveled throughout the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. She loved the outdoors having an interest in archaeology, volcanoes and fossils. She enjoyed sports, especially the Mariners and Seahawks. Val got to see the Seahawks win the Super Bowl. Go Hawks! As an avid hunter, fisherman, clam digger, they traveled to Ocean Shores for razor clams and to Winthrop during deer season. She also loved crabbing and fishing.
In 1989 Valerie was issued conservatorship of her mother, Nancy who had Alzheimer/Dementia. She cared for her mother for 15 years.
Val was an excellent cook and usually had enough to share with her neighbors. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Saint Patrick's Day were special. She loved all animals from her pets to the humming birds and squirrels in her yard. She was especially fond of bald eagles and was able to sight them or their nests on every road trip.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother Frances E. (Niki) MacKenzie; brother, Robert A. (Skippy) Markee; and her parents.
She leaves behind her husband, Robert J. Tully; daughters, Tommy N. Mans and Traci N. Mans; son Ronald Mans, II; grandchildren, Jared Jenkins, Island Mans and her favorite Zackary Stewart; also her sister, Denise Bone; half brothers, Donald Nault and Theodore Nault.
May she rest in peace with those she loved who went before; Helen, Niki, Skippy, Eddie and Nancy.
We will miss her charm, wit and her love greatly.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington, WA 98233.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date and will be announced by Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon, WA.
Kern Funeral Home
1122 South 3rd Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2014