Valerie Clair Byrne (Gilbert)

November 15, 1939 - June 5, 2012


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From: Bruce Hampton 
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 7:52 AM 
To: Herman 
Subject: Valerie 

Dearest Herman and Cecelia,

I can hardly bring myself to type these words. We lost Valerie yesterday afternoon following a massive stroke. 

Not only did those who love her lose a part of their hearts but the world lost a wonderful loving, caring and adventurous soul. 

At 72 she was still the robust active person we all knew; riding and caring for horses, active with her church, hiking, gardening, caring for her family of which she was so proud and being present and available to all she met, especially those in need. 

To say she will be missed seems inadequate, but Val will indeed be missed by so many.

I will let you know when any plans are made. As of now they aren't set.


From: Herman Brown 
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 10:23 AM 
To: Bruce Hampton 
Subject: Re: Valerie Byrne Gilbert, June 5, 2012

Dear Bruce,

The tears are very hard for both of us to suppress.

In the last correspondence we had with her, she seemed very happy.

I will forward this email to the class.

Thanks you for letting us know.

Yes, she will be missed by many.


From: Vincent Fennell
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 11:27 AM 
To: 'Herman Brown' 
Subject: RE: Valerie Byrne Gilbert, June 5, 2012

Herman and Cecelia

Herman, this is truly sad news. What a wonderful person. Annie and I grew fond of her even though our recent contacts have been minimal. Full of life, etc. 

I re-read her reflections on her early life in MB with tears in my eyes. This is the part of getting old that is the most painful. Thank you for the sad news. God bless us all.



From: Gloria Balcom 
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 6:45 PM 
To: Herman Brown 
Subject: Re: Valerie Byrne Gilbert, June 5, 2012 

Hi Herman,

I too am truly saddened at the news of Val's passing -- but am glad I was able to spend some time with her last year.

Her energy was so amazing.

Thank you so much for keeping us informed.

Gloria Balcom

From: Web Whitlock 
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 7:52 AM
To: Herman 
Subject: Reunion

Hi Herman

I was sorry to her about Valerie. I don't recall when I saw her last but I remember her from school.

I have a reservation at the Hideaway so I'm all set (for the min-reunion). Looking forward to it. Thanks for doing this. 

As we lose more friends it makes it more important not to space our times together too far a part.


From: Herman Brown 
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 10:27 AM
To: Web Whitlock 
Subject: Re: Reunion

Hi Web,

We didn't become good friends with Val until the 50th reunion and mostly in the following years after that she spent some time up here with us in 2008. 

For both of us, it was love at first sight.

Here is a very long slideshow of the pictures taken (mostly by Val) during her visit with us, but there are several of her towards the end:

We enjoyed her visit with us very much, and we often talked about the next one.

While she was here, we shared some abalone steaks that we had received from a friend who lives in Yuba City, and who likes to dive for them but does not eat fish of any kind. 

She called Bruce Hampton to get his advice on cooking the abs.

You can see she attempted to record the whole experience on film. She would get up very early and walk around with her camera taking pictures before we even got out of bed.

Yes, it is getting more important every day for us to make contact with our old friends.


From: Bruce Hampton 
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:29 PM 
To: Herman 
Subject: Re: Valerie Byrne Gilbert, June 5, 2012

Herman and Cecelia,

Thank you for the kind note. 

Perhaps you can see to it that this information is made available to Val's classmates.

Val's services will be held on Saturday June 23rd at 11 AM at St. Michael's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Carlsbad.

The address is 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, Ca. 92008. The Church is between Christiansen Blvd and Beech Ave., and for any that might wish to come, the best off-ramp from the I-5 is Carlsbad Village Drive. Go toward the ocean, turn right on Carlsbad Blvd. and it will be two and a half blocks on the left side of the street.

Should anyone wish to send something to the family simply address it to: 

The Gilbert Family, 3948 Syme Dr., Carlsbad, Ca. 92008

My thanks, Bruce

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