Valerie Michelle Minjarez: December 7, 2004 - December 25, 2011
On Christmas morning, Valerie Michelle Minjarez “Little Valerie” passed away at Children’s Hospital in Seattle following a lifetime of illness from leukemia. Her final days were peaceful and were spent surrounded by the family and friends she touched in her short but memorable life.
Valerie possessed strength of spirit that impressed everyone who knew her. She did everything that was asked of her without complaint. She was one of the bravest little girls you would ever meet. She loved life and all the people who were in her life. Even when she couldn’t participate, she loved hearing the laughter of her brothers and sisters playing together and it would always make her smile. She was also the primary caregiver and love giver to snowball the cat.
Although all efforts to cure her illness ceased early this spring, Valerie made a surprising comeback this last summer. She was able to walk, play, and swim with her sisters and brothers the whole summer. This fall Valerie even attended kindergarten at Blaine primary school, an accomplishment she was very proud of.
We will miss her loving smile, her precious sense of humor, and the love she shared with her family and friends. She had a very special ability to connect to people, and it was hard to know her and not love her instantly. She loved and cared for her family more than anything and we will remain connected to her forever in our hearts.
Valerie is survived by her loving parents, Gilbert and Valerie; sisters Jazmine, Desirae and Mariah; brothers Gilbert Jr. and Justin.
Valerie was also survived by Grandparents Elivira and Roberto Minjarez and Patricia and Alfonso Cisneros; Uncle Roberto and Ladonna Minjarez, Godparents Sandra and Martin Aragon. Many Aunts, Uncles and cousins from Bellingham, Illinois, Texas and close family friends Jeff and Tanya Henrikson.
Valerie was predeceased by her Uncle Michael Angel Minjarez with whom she shared a birthday.
A memorial service was held for Little Valerie on December 30, 2011 at Jerns Funeral Chapel in Bellingham. The service was followed with a short reception at Cornerstone Church in the Hannegan Square.