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EBY – Valerie “Val” Gaye (nee Strand)

November 9, 1953 – May 15, 2011

Valerie “Val” Gaye Eby beloved wife of Melvin of Grande Prairie, AB, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at the age of 57 years.

Val was born in Flin Flon, MB, and raised in Calgary. She worked for many years in the dental profession, then in the oil industry from 1987 to present. She was an avid member of the Oil Wives Association. Val had a zest for life which included spending time with family and friends. It didn’t matter if she was camping or at the casino, out on a date night with Mel, or shopping with her grandchildren, family, friends or sisters, she always had that beautiful smile on her face. She loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest.

Besides her loving and devoted husband Melvin, Valerie is survived by her children, Rob (Cindy), Tyler and Shaun Beecher; step-sons Jack and Roger Eby; father Otto Strand (Adell); three sisters, Lynne (Paul), Debbie (Bob), Janel (Howard); twelve grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Val leaves this earth to join her mother Ruth Strand.

A Celebration of Val’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email or to Southwood Hospice, 211 Heritage Drive S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 1M9 Telephone: (403) 403-252-0620. The family would like to say a special thank you to the compassionate staff at Southwood Hospice, the Cancer Society of Grande Prairie, and all the friends who helped during this difficult time.

In living memory of Valerie Eby, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Carol Warne :

    Dear Mel and family,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Val was an exceptional lady, and I am grateful to have known her. I hope you can take some comfort in the wonderful memories you shared with Val.

    With my deepest sympathies.

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  2. Pat Francis :

    Dear Mel, the Strand family, and the Eby family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Val was my dearest friend and I know she was truly blessed with a wonderful family. Love Pat

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  3. Georgia McGhee :

    You have been in my thoughts all week. Val was a very special lady one in a million, I have nursed many she was one I will never forget. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Rena Tattrie :

    Mel and Family,
    I send my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this time. I will always remember Val as the Lady with the incredible smile and heart. She will be sadly missed.

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  5. Sam & Diane Granato :

    Rob & Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    Our Deepest Condolences.

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  6. Rhonda Stampe :

    I am truly thankful for the good times spent with Val. I will cherrish her frienship forever, she made a huge impact on lives she touched.

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  7. Karen Grant :

    Dear Otto, Lynne, Debbie & Janel,

    We were shocked to hear of Val’s passing. Only were in touch a few times over the years. Lynn, my husband went to school with Val, and I grew to know her too. We all shared in some good times back then, and raised our boys at the same time. I know how much all of her family meant to her and she will always be remembered by all those whose life she touched. Through all of her struggles, she kept smiling and her laugh made others around her smile too.
    I am so sorry we did not know of her passing or we would have been at her funeral.

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