Valerie F. Anderson
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Valerie F. Anderson
March 11, 1952 - Dec. 18, 2020
A beautiful soul, Val left us Dec. 18, 2020. Her unexpected death at the end of a terrible year has left many saddened loved ones behind.
Val was born in Portland, Ore., to Ivar and Eva Anderson. She grew up in Portland, attended Beaverton High School and graduated from Portland State University with two degrees.
She spent most of her professional life working in the Advertising Dept. at The Oregonian, eventually as a Division manager.
Val was a lifelong voracious reader, devouring books at every opportunity. Reading was a huge part of her life along with great food, fine wine good conversations and most of all, dear friends.
She leaves behind her beloved daughter, Lauren (Justin); grandson, Dillon; granddaughter, Madison; husband, Bill Jenkins; stepson, Brian Jenkins (Tanya); grandson, Joseph; stepdaughter, Beverly; granddaughter, Sakarra; brother, David; and sister, Denise. Also missing her are many friends and colleagues.
Val was like a glass of champagne, effervescent and bubbly. Ever the optimist, with an infectious laugh, she brightened everything around her. She will be always remembered and always missed.
So raise a glass to a life well lived! To Val! YORPA! (She'll know what that means!)
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Published in The Oregonian from Jan. 6 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 12, 2021
I am so saddened to hear of Val’s passing. I lived across the street from Val when we were in middle school and we connected immediately.
She was always just fun to be with and we shared a lot of laughs. I admired so much her positive attitude and her wonderful love and support of her family, especially brother David. My greatest memory is her trying to get me to sneak out at night since I had an exterior door in my bedroom. We made a plan several times - she will come knock at midnight and out we would go. Brave during the day making these plans found me quaking at midnight unable to face my folks if caught! She would come, knock and I wouldn’t answer. The next day she would ask, “where were you”, I meekly replied I was asleep. I wonder to this day what fun shenanigans we would have gotten up to?! I haven’t seen Val since those days but have thought of her many times. I actually tried to find her earlier this year on FB but to no avail. Figuring she had gotten married with a different last name, I gave up the search. I so wish I had known she kept her maiden name, as I would have searched further. My condolences to all of your family and friends. May you rest in peace Val and the next time you come knocking, I will answer!
Laurie Drake Turney
January 11, 2021
Val would light up a room with her presence. Always gracious, helpful and positive. She and I had many conversations over the years while at the Oregonian and I liked her a lot. She was also really funny and loved to laugh. RIP dear Val.
Nancy Casey
January 11, 2021
Val and I worked together at The O for many years. She was a good friend, workout buddy, and someone who always had a positive attitude in life. She left us way too soon, but will not be forgotten. My sincere condolences to Val’s family.
Chris Cooper
January 10, 2021
dear Denise...this is Susie (David) Oswald. I am so sorry to read of your sister passing away. I remember her lovely smile and kind demeanor. prayers of peace for you and her family. hoping you are well and happy.
Susie David Oswald
January 10, 2021
Valerie and me went to Beaverton High
School together, I being a year older. We had some funny moments together. Always lots of laughs. Saddened to hear of her passing.
Susan Fraser Ellis
January 10, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Susan Ellis
January 9, 2021
So sad when I heard the news from Camilla Foti and some of your colleagues at the Oregonian. Val, we shared some great times together. May you Rest in Peace.
Peter Monsantofils
January 9, 2021
This is such sad news. Val was a great friend through elementary, middle and high school. She will be missed.
Karen Tompkins Barker
Karen tompkins Barker
January 9, 2021
So sorry to hear this. Val was everything you said, effervescent, always smiling.
Cathy Berger
January 9, 2021
Val, you introduced me to The Beachboys the day we met on Seymour St.. We attended the Simon & Garfunkel concert together - my first & perhaps the best of my life. You were everpresent throughout my formative years - the proverbial girl next door.
I am comforted that we reconnected briefly after Ivar's death and again last Spring when we discussed my move to Mexico via email.
You are gone too soon - my best to David, Denise and all of your family.
Walter Aman
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