Born Valerie Jean Books to parents John and LaVerne from Fulton, Maryland passed away, at the age of 65, at Northampton Manor.
Valerie is survived by her daughter, Jillian (Anthony Rosato) and son, Alexander; as well as her mother, LaVerne; sisters, Vanessa and Jonna; brother, Dallas; three granddaughters, Winnie, Lucca and Haili; as well as three nieces, Juliana, Niki, and Christy; and two nephews, Anthony and Rob. She was predeceased by her father, John Books.
Although there were four siblings, Valerie was the classic middle sister - full of life, silly and loving. She loved her family and friends immensely. One friend shared, “Valerie was one of those rare, beautiful people that remains in one’s heart forever.” If you became friends with Valerie, to her, you were life-long friends.
Valerie enjoyed music (Bruce Springsteen was her favorite), movies, and acted a bit in high school plays. She had a group of friends from school with whom she remained friends throughout her life. She liked to sing to every song on the radio and played piano in her younger years. Valerie worked at an advertising company before getting married and becoming a stay-at-home mom living in the Annapolis area. Although she was quite the social butterfly, she loved her home life also and enjoyed hosting family gatherings at their family home. She was the “hostess with the mostest”!
Later in life, she lived in California and danced hula, connecting to her Hawaiian heritage. After moving back to Maryland in 2019, she lived with her mother and father in Thurmont. Retired from working by then, she enjoyed sipping her coffee on the porch and watching the birds in the peaceful country.
May Valerie rest in peace, rise in glory, and may the memories we all have of her be a source of comfort until we meet again. Miss you, love you!
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made, in the name of Valerie Books, to the Honor HER Foundation who support efforts and spread awareness about domestic violence. We look forward to celebrating her life this spring!