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ELIZABETH MAE (ODOM) VALENTE

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ELIZABETH MAE (ODOM) VALENTE 11/11/1935 - 7/2/2013 Elizabeth, 77, born in Carlsbad, NM, on November 11, 1935, passed away on July 2, 2013. She married Arthur T. Valente in Clovis, NM and together had four children. In 1969, the family transferred to George AFB, and after retirement from the Air Force, settled in Victorville, CA, where the family grew and spread throughout the High Desert. She worked as a housekeeper and maid but she loved hairstyling and operating her beauty shop in the 70s most. After the marriage ended, she converted to Catholicism and was baptized and confirmed at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Victorville in 1979. She was the "neighborhood mom" where friends of her children and grandchildren were always welcomed. She acquired several names throughout her life, Betty, Liz, Mom, but the most endearing was Maga, a name given by her first grandchild's attempt to say Grandma. Everyone would come to know her by Maga. She is survived by her children, Arthur Valente, Jr., Theresa Valente, Lena Jones, and Anthony Valente; grandchildren, Shanon, Monica, Sean, Toree, and Shandelle; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles, Jerry, and Richard Odom; and all the extended family. Elizabeth will be honored with a rosary and funeral mass on Saturday, July 27th at 11:30 am at Holy Family Catholic Church Mother Chapel in Hesperia, CA. All are welcome. Condolences to the family may be sent in the care of Theresa Valente, PO Box 402297, Hesperia, CA 92340. Always an adventurous and courageous spirit, she is now free to begin living happily in her new life.
Published in the Daily Press from July 24 to July 25, 2013
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