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Loretta Smith Valentine

Born: 8/23/1935, Clovis, New Mexico
Death: 3/15/2015, Moab, Utah

Loretta Smith Valentine, age 79, a resident of Moab, Utah, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 at home under the loving care of Grand Valley Hospice. She was born August 23, 1935 in Clovis, NM to Audie Busby and Clyde Arthur Smith. She was the third of three children.

Loretta attended middle and high school in Montrose, Colorado where she was a majorette for the high school band. After graduation, she married Kenneth Shepherd and they moved to Alamosa, Colorado to attend Adams State College. Together they had four children who were her pride and joy. She was an excellent homemaker, great cook (being well known for her bread and cinnamon rolls), talented organizer and master flower and rock gardener. She enjoyed bookkeeping and retired as office manager for Tender Hearts Home Health Care in Moab. She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holding many callings throughout her years of Christlike service to her family, friends and community members in need. Her favorite calling was serving at the Moab Stake Family History Center. Her sincere love of geneology and temple work benefitted many of her ancestors and her living relatives.

In 1978, Loretta married Dennis Valentine. They moved to Moab in June, 1992 sharing a love for the beautiful red mountains and warm temperatures. They spent many days rock hunting, going on picnics, seeking out geysers and locating petroglyphs. Their house became the favored vacation spot of the children and grandchildren who knew they would be spoiled the minute they arrived.

Loretta is survived by her kind and loving husband, Dennis Valentine. Her children are Kim (Mike) Schaefer of Monte Vista, CO; Shauna (Monte) Morgan of Spanish Fork, UT; Karen Shepherd of Redding, CA and Michael (Michelle) Shepherd of Parker, CO. Step-daughters are Wendy (James)Taylor of Colorado Springs, CO and Corinne (James) Valentine-McElvoy of Chicago, IL. She is survived by 15 grand-children Stephanie, Brady, Mitchell, Meredith, Holly, Hannah, Breanne, Keaton, Mikaela, Mitchell, Marshall, Carl, Allison, Rachel and Katie. Also survived by 10 great-grandchildren including Devyn, Elyan, Elyas, Savannah, Michelle, Jed, Hank, SJ, Heather and Millie. She was preceded in death by her parents, Audie Busby and Clyde Arthur Smith; her brother, Clyde "Tutor" Smith and sister, Peggy Goolsby.

A viewing will be held Friday, March 20th at the Spanish Valley Mortuary in Moab, UT from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Donations can be directed to the Grand County Hospice who provided much love and care in Loretta's last days or the Humanitarian Fund of the LDS Church.


3/26/2015 - Denny, We were sad to learn of your wife's passing. It has been many years since we have seen you or been in touch. We often have thought of you as we traveled through Moab, and would like to have met your wife. Please know that we fondly remember you as a dear friend and wish the best for you always. - Tom and LuAnn

3/23/2015 - My dear sweet friend, I am going to miss our talk's and sitting with you at Church . You are an inspiration to me and I hope I can show as much Christ like Love to you as you did to me and my family. Love Vesta - Vesta

3/20/2015 - So sorry to hear about the passing of Loretta. She was a special lady. May sweet memories of her replace your sense of loss. - Dave and Vonda Holm

3/19/2015 - Denny and Family, Our sincerest condolences on Loretta's passing. She was a great friend and we remember both of you with fondness. I spent a lot of hours with Loretta as we worked in Relief Society and Young Women's in the Monte Vista Ward. We laughed a lot and cried some, but it has always been and ever will be great memories. May the Lord bless you all with joy in remembrance and peace in understanding the Lord's plan of happiness for us all. Our Love and Prayers, Larry and Janice Coombs - Larry and Janice Coombs

3/18/2015 - Mr. V. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you in your time of loss. You and Loretta were always good to me, and I knew that I would get her famous cinnamon rolls whenever I asked. My condolences to you and the children, it is always a major loss to lose a parent and for you, a spouse, I know you loved each other dearly. I will make sure that Mike and Juanice and some of the others know. Deepest Condolences, Chris Sisneros - Christine Sisneros

3/18/2015 - Loretta was my secretary in the late 1980's and/or early 1990's and I will never forget her. She has to be one of the sweetest, kindest and compassionate people that I have had the opportunity to know. She truly is now with the Lord and will be missed greatly. Rest in Peace. - Dan Sanderson

3/18/2015 - We want to express our condolences to all the family. - Ray and Kay Berry

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