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Valerie Lynn Scanlan

1952 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Valerie Lynn Scanlan Obituary
Valerie Lynn Scanlan Valerie joined her parents on September 13, 2013, after a lifetime of service. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 31, 1952, to Perry Orville Stupy and Dorothy Mae Skibo, She moved to California after high school and decided that was her new home. Two years later she met her future husband and thus began a 42 year friendship and love affair that continued for the rest of her life. Always a team, always laughing, always together in business, in Rotary, in life, they traveled the world building relationships and befriending all they met. Valerie leaves behind her husband of 39 years, Denny Scanlan, Tucson, Arizona; brother, Bruce Stupy (Joanne), Rio Rico, Arizona; sister, Virginia "Ginny" Cooper, Poplar Bluff, Missouri; sister, Dorothy "Dodie" Brady (Mike), Valdosta, Georgia; brother, Michael Stupy (Karen), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; stepmother, Wanita Stupy, Amado, Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews from her parent's side of the family. Three step-children were the pride of Valerie's life, Michael Kevin Scanlan (Grace), Susanville, California; Brian Patrick Scanlan (Mindy), Rio Rico, Arizona; and Erin Kelly Barela (Greg), Lakewood, California. Blended and extended family's made Val a grandmother to fifteen and great-grandmother to eight, all of whom she loved to hold and enjoyed to the fullest. Rotary became a part of their lives in 1989. While earning her Bachelors' Degree in 1992, in addition to operating their Security Business, she served as President of the Rio Rico Rotary Club. Making a difference became her mantra. In 2001 / 2002, Valerie served as District Governor for Southern Arizona (District 5500) and on behalf of the District received the Global Quest Award for Membership Development in Barcelona, Spain. The District placed second that year for contributions to the Rotary Foundation, exceeding the $200,000 goal for the first time in District history. Past District Governor (PDG) Valerie was selected to represent the President of Rotary International on fifteen occasions. At District Conferences around the country, at International Conventions around the world, and the International Assembly in San Diego, she was the commensurate greeter. From New Orleans to Nashville, Birmingham to Bangkok, the world was her stage. Everyone she ever met was greeted with a warm smile and firm handshake and she would remember their name from then on. Valerie was the keynote speaker last March in Jefferson City, Missouri, motivating new club presidents and hopefully instilling the spirit of service in new and veteran Rotarians alike. In April she traveled to Chicago, representing District 5500 at Rotary's Council on Legislation, doing what she loved with hundreds of her fellow Rotarians. One week later her cancer was diagnosed. Valerie left the hospital only one time, then to see her friend of twenty-plus years installed as the new District Governor for the coming year. Val's smile, laughter and winning spirit remained to the very end. The brain cancer may have won the battle, but she will remain alive in our minds and hearts forever. Valerie won the war. A Celebration of Valerie's life will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013, at St Michael's Episcopal Church, 602 North Wilmot, Tucson, Arizona, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to either The Rotary Foundation or to Val's scholarship fund at www.valscanlan.com. Cards and letters can be sent to Denny at Post Office box 12813, Tucson, AZ 85732-2813. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 22, 2013
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