In Memory

Valerie Finney (Voorhis) - Class Of 1967

As reported to me from Dale Ashley (’66), Linda Pearlstein Ashley (’67) , Jennifer Pierce Stahl (’67), and through emails forwarded from Dusty (Johnny) Webb and her daughter Darenda.

Valerie Voorhis Finney, due to medical reasons has passed and has now gone on to join the others here in 'The Halls of Valhalla'. She was married to Rick Jeffers (’66) they had two daughters. She will be cremated in North Carolina and there will also be a service for her in Oregon according to her daughter Darenda.
“I have known Valerie since 7th grade. We were very briefly "boyfriend/girlfriend". She was a special lady, smart and gorgeous. So sad she will be missed by many.” Dale Ashley
“I have this to her profile and the pictures she uploaded, through her pictures it is easy to tell she was full of life and loved the beauty she photographed and shared with us here at, when she came aboard we exchanged so many emails of her exploits of what she has been doing since High School; although I was a grade behind we had some classes together and in the early days from Alessandro Jr High and Moreno Valley High it was not uncommon to run into each other because we were a new school. We grew up in the ‘valley’ and back then we were all friends to some degree. Valerie was a beautiful person and will be missed by all of us who had a chance to know her (some more than others, but rest assured, those who were close to her are richer today for knowing her!)” Terry Alan Sweeney (’68)

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09/23/11 03:11 PM #1    

Terry Sweeney (1968)

Valerie, I received the sad news that you have passed, through our emails you were able to re-connect with others from MoVal... you told me how much that ment to you and I thanked you for sharing with me some of your stories - sad as it may be, I wish I had kept thos early on emails to share with others now... You were and are a special lady from my youth and will not be forgotten on this website...

I am sure your friends will check in and leave kind words to you and your family...

09/23/11 04:21 PM #2    

Chris Braden (1967)


It seems only a few years ago, not almost 50, since all of us along Cottonwood Avenue on Barbara St or Hildegarde waited at the bus stop at the corner of Day St and Cottonwood for the ride over to Alessandro Jr High or later walked together along Cottonwood to MVHS; including yourself, Diane Addy (Lomax) and her sister Charlotte, my brothers John and Larry, Carol Tootell, Karla Kendall, myself, Rhonda, and others.  So many years gone by so fast. Seemed like much simpler times.  We all laughed, joked and had a good time.  I know an angel is watching over you in heaven and that all your classmates at Edgemont School, AJHS and MVHS will forever have a hole in their hearts.  Rest peacefully in God's care, my friend.

09/23/11 07:25 PM #3    

Carolyn Albert (Edwards) (1966)

I'm so very, very sorry to hear of Valerie's passing.  I remember her as such a beautiful girl. Warm and friendly.  May her family and friends find comfort remembering her time with them and the love they felt for her and she for them.  Carolyn Albert

09/23/11 08:20 PM #4    

Irv Hill (1970)

Although I do not remember Valerie it is saddens my heart that we have lost another Moreno Valley Viking,my thoughts and prayers go to those that she left behind and hope that they find comfort knowing that Valerie is at peace and no longer suffering with whatever it was that caused her passing.RIP Valerie and although you are gone you will not be forgotten .

09/24/11 10:07 AM #5    

Tanya (Lynn) Kollar (Starkey) (Kollar) (1967)

Vallerie, I am so saddened that it may be difficult to write this; we were only friends in passing and in class's, but you were one of the reasons that I was able to make it to class, thank you so much for being the best friend to a casual friend. If wish's were horses beggars would ride..but I do wish that I had spoken more to you to tell you this in person, also what a truly beautiful girl you were and are, not just on the outside but also in your heart and soul. I will always remember how freindly you were even as we competed in the (I believe the first) Miss Moreno Valley pagent. You were first runner up only in the pagent, but to many of us you will be always be the Winner. Tanya A.KA. Lynn Starkey.

09/24/11 06:32 PM #6    

Rhonda Reed (Boyle) (1967)

Valerie, I was so excited to hear you had moved to Portland OR so we could reconnect.  I wish that would have happened.  I will miss you and miss not having seen you again.  This is so sad.  I am hurting for Darenda and Candy, and the rest of your family.  I promise to call Darenda and see her and Candy.  Rick would want to know his cousin was there for your girls.  They are my cousins too, and I wish we all could have been together.  Again, this is so so sad...

09/24/11 11:27 PM #7    

Harold (Guy) Garfinkel (1967)

Having left Moreno Valley not long after graduation, I lost contact with many Moreno Valley Vikings.  However, thru this web site that Terry has created, Valerie and I had a brief reconnect.  She is and will remain a Veteran.  A lovely lady who will be missed by others of uniform as well as friends and family.  As we all will meet in the here after.  What a reunion that will be.

Guy Garfinkel

09/25/11 09:54 AM #8    

Carol Tootell (Todd) (1967)

So sorry to hear that Valerie has passed on.  My heart goes out to her family.

09/25/11 03:39 PM #9    

Gayle Crawford (Peters) (1966)

I'm sorry to hear of Valerie's passing.  I remember her to be very beautiful and friendly. My prayers to her family. Gayle Crawford Peters

03/10/15 04:03 PM #10    

Peggy Moyer (Kile) (1969)

Valerie was a beautiful person ...We lost contact and always wanted to get in touch again. We took Modern Dance and was in a show together.Loved the old car she had with a homemade sun roof ...She was truly one of the beautiful people!


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