|Valorie in 1961|
Valorie J.H. Hutt – May 7, 1938 to April 26, 2013. Earlier today my mom left behind her corporal body to join my dad in, to use her words, the Gardens of Paradise. After more than a half century together, nine months was all they could stand to be apart.
Valorie grew up in California desert towns and suburbs of Los Angeles. She met David at Pomona College, and off they went on their wild ride together. Running a successful agribusiness followed grad school at Berkeley, and along the way they raised three sons and served the community in countless ways. After selling the family business, they found their way to Santa Fe and became enchanted with New Mexico. There she encountered kindred spirits to debate Jungian psychology, mystic philosophy and astrology, all while working full time and supporting my dad's dream of starting an organic farm. Dad's poor health forced the sale of the farm. The return to California was a blessing, however, as it allowed my mom to get to know her youngest grandchildren.
Valorie is survived by her brother Jim, sons Peter, John and Andy and grandchildren JT, Caitlin, Brian, Matthias, William, Juju and Rex. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Split this Rock, Pomona College, or the Quivira Coalition.
|Andy, Rex, Catherine, Juju, Matthias & Valorie at the Aquarium of the Pacific on February 24, 2013|
We held a Celebration of Valorie's Life on May 18, 2013. Thanks to all who attended and shared their memories of my mom. For those of you didn't make it, the slideshow from the event is posted below. For a larger HD version, click the YouTube button on video below and the slideshow will open in YouTube, then select 720p under settings.