Valerie Jean Allen, age 61, passed away September 4, 2021 at OSU Wexner Medical Center due to complications of diabetes.
Valerie was the eldest child born November 24, 1959 in Zanesville, Ohio to Robert L. Allen and Gloria L. (Reed) Allen. She was a 1978 graduate of Tri-County JVS Early Child Development Program, and followed her passion of teaching by extending her education at Ohio University and becoming a classroom teacher, teaching several years at the Corning Head Start and New Lexington Head Start Schools.
Valerie was quick-witted, loving and kind, an avid songwriter, and loved music. She was “Sis” to us, always mothering and protecting us when we were kids. She adored her nieces and nephews, and spending time with her family was her greatest joy.
Valerie is survived by her mother, Gloria; brothers, Gregory L. (Sheila) Allen and Phillip P. (Jeannie) Allen; sisters, Tina R. (Frank) Fondale and Sonya L. Saxton; nephews, Christopher Allen, Beau Saxton, Philip Cox lV, Frank Robert Fondale and Wyatt Saxton; nieces, Amanda (Brent Kleinert) Allen, Bobbie Allen, Deanna (Brian) Hinkle, Amber Allen, Faith Saxton and Maria Fautali; great nephew, William Kleinert; and great niece, Bailey Hinkle. Her extended families, Thomas and Angel Hinkle and family; and Tim and Lori (Pfeifer) Bowles. She is survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert (Bob); infant niece, Tess Louise Fondale; infant nephew, Cade Allen Saxton; paternal grandparents, Frank and Rosemary (Huddleston) Allen; and maternal grandparents, John and Evelyn (Lemity) Reed.
Per Valerie's request, and covid restrictions, no services will be observed. Chute-Wiley Funeral home is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, Valerie has requested that, if you wish, a donation may be made to Corning Head Start, New Lexington Head Start, or The Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter of Fairfield County, Ohio.
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