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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Valerie Russell who was born in Bangor, Maine on March 30, 1948 and passed away on March 10, 2005 at the age of 56. We will remember her forever. 

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VALERIE JEAN RUSSELL 

ORONO, MAINE - Valerie Jean (Horr-Colby) Russell died March 10, 2005, in Orono after a brief illness. She was born March 30, 1948, the first child of the late Dorothy Jean (Soper-Horr) Abramson and the late Newell Golder Horr Jr. Valerie was married to William L. Colby and later to Paul E. Russell. She has two children, Heather Koreen (Russell) Spaulding and Justin Travis Russell and two stepchildren, Craig Russell and Linda (Russell) MacDonald. A working mother and provider, she was independent, creative and an adventuresome sales woman traveling in central and northern Maine. Valerie loved photography from an early age. Her photos of nature and the State of Maine were her gifts to the world. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002, life changed and she adjusted. Mobility became a challenge as well as writing. Staying positive and learning to assist others were new successes. Children and their fresh perspective and views of the world captivated her. Never rich monetarily, Valerie discovered the wealth of unconditional love, intense imagination and humor. Unafraid to travel on to the next adventure and join her beloved cat "Fiddlehead", she leaves behind her sisters, Vicki (Horr) McAllian of Alabama, Cheryl (Horr) Whitney of Colorado, Chris (Horr) Holley of Tennessee, and Carrie (Horr) Acitelli of Minnesota, along with their families. She also leaves behind her beloved cousin Cathy Smith-Conroy; grandchildren Jeffery and Patrick Spaulding; son-in-law Jason Spaulding; and other family members and many friends. A gathering of family and friends in remembrance of Valerie will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2005, at Marsh Island Apartments, 345 Main St. in Old Town. Gestures of remembrance may be made in her name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maine Chapter, P.O. Box 8730, Portland, ME 04104 or to a charity of your choice. 
 


We know Val would love it if you stopped by to visit her mother Dot's and father Newell's "memory-of" pages at

http://dorothy-jean-soper-horr.memory-of.com  and

http://newell-golder-horr-jr.memory-of.com


Tributes and Condolences
Memories of my friend   / Donna LaBree (friend)
Hey Valerie, I know you are always around adding your sense of humor to things happening in my life. I am grateful for all the memories I have of our "adventures" and that you were able to touch my life in so many ways in such a short tim...  Continue >>
Happy 60th Birthday   / Heather Spaulding (Daughter)
March 30, 2008 Today would have been your 60th Birthday!!!  In honor of that I placed a memorial in the Bangor Daily News (with a little help from my dad...THANKS DAD!!!) so everyone who reads the paper this weekend would take a moment, re...  Continue >>
18 years and counting   / Heather Spaulding (Daughter)
Well mom, it has been 18 years and I am still married to the man of my dreams.  Did you ever imagine.  I wish you were here to see our family right now.  Jeffery is getting ready to graduate high school...I know you will be there in sp...  Continue >>
HOW DID YOU ENDURE THE PAIN SO LONG?   / CARRIE ACITELLI (SISTER)
I HAD FOOT SURGERY COMING UP ON A WEEK  AGO.  NOTHING MAJOR JUST THOSE FINE GENETICS WE HAVE :)  ANYWAY SURGERY WAS FINE BUT MY APPREHENSION ON ANESTHESIA WAS WARRANTED.  IN AN EFFORT TO AVOID MY USUAL NAUSEA ND RECOVERY FROM GA, ...  Continue >>
My adventure with Valerie   / Diana Menard (cousin)
I stumbled on this site. All of these loving tributes to Val made me almost cry. So, I thought I'd tell a funny story in case Val's daughter, Heather, ever sees this. 
Val and I were supposed to walk from our grandparents' house to my ...  Continue >>
A message for my mom  / Heather Spaulding (Daughter)    Read >>
condolences / Bree (passbyer)    Read >>
Hope you enjoyed our trip this weekend  / Vicki Mcallian (sister)    Read >>
Missing you  / Heather Spaulding (Daughter)    Read >>
did you move that balloon?  / Carrie Acitelli (sister)    Read >>
JUST THINKING  / VICKI MCALLIAN (SISTER)    Read >>
Great stories  / Heather Spaulding (Daughter)    Read >>
Happy Birthday  / Heather Spaulding (Daughter)    Read >>
You Marched in and Marched Out  / Vicki McAllian (sister)    Read >>
You Marched in and Marched Out  / Vicki McAllian (sister)    Read >>
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Her legacy
My Childhood Storyteller  

I think some of my fondest memories of Val stem from my childhood. 

Being the "Big Sister", she often was stuck babysitting her younger siblings.  I'm not sure if it was because she loved creating stories or if it was her way of releasing some of her pent-up frustrations, but she could tell scary stories like no other.  I swear Stephen King would have hid under the covers after hearing one of her tales. 

One story in particular haunts me to this day. The story was of an ice princess who was held captive in an cave beneath the sea by an octopus monster.  As she would tell the tale to her wide-eyed sisters, she would use her hand to show us how it moved like a spider, but with one leg (her thumb) dragging behind.  Oh Yeah! That freaked me.  Here I am nearly 50 and I still remember that dragging thumb like it was yesterday.  As scary as it was, I must have asked her to tell me that story again at least a hundred times.

Her Little Sis,

Cheryl

 
Valerie's Photo Album
Valerie 5 weeks old (1948)
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