Valerie Elaine de la Valdene
Valerie Elaine de la Valdene "Shark Girl", passed away on July 4, 2014. Valerie was born on March 5, 1966 to Guy Winston and Therese de la Valdene. She is survived by her parents, her brother Johnny, sister-in-law Michelle and her nieces and nephews, JP -20, her god-daughter Brittany-17, Marc-15, Danielle-12, and Jacquelyn-12).Valerie had a deep a deep admiration for her god-parents, Jimmy and Janie Buffet, and her loving aunt Lorraine. Valerie's life-long best friends were Alison Anderson and Diana Odasso.
Valerie grew up in Palm Beach, FL. and attended the Palm Beach Day School and Tulane University.Valerie and her former husband, Douglas Siefert, traveled the world together filming wonderful and dangerous sea-life from sharks to whales and her favorite, sea horses.
Valerie was an accomplished underwater photographer and was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2007. She was featured on Shark Week, CNN and the Montel Williams show. Valerie also studied cooking under famous chef Mario Batali.
Valerie's love for underwater photography, children and animals, led her to the Galapagos where she called home. She started a cooking school for the children in the Galapagos and took in many dogs, her cat Mr. Deeks, her pet pig, and pet ferrets.Valerie loved helping others and had friends all over the world.
Valerie will be buried in a private family ceremony in Havana, FL.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, 15 S. Jackson St., Quincy, FL., (850-627-7677) is in charge of arrangements.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home
15 S. Jackson Street Quincy, FL 32351
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on July 10, 2014