Valerine Rigdon

Valerine RigdonValerine Jeanette Rigdon died July 23, 2018, in hospice care in Holly Ridge, N.C.

She moved from Trona to Ridgecrest in 1992 and attended local schools until graduating from Burroughs High School in 1996. She worked many local jobs in retail and service and made a point of being a cheerful presence to those who came into her life.

Her creativity exhibited itself in countless ways — from crochet to gardening to refurbishing old furniture. She loved fixing things and helping people. If she had a dollar in her pocket, she was always happy to give it to someone else.

She made countless friends in Ridgecrest before moving from the area in 2015.

Valerine is survived by her mother, Sherry Valley of Trona; brothers, Roy, Dennis and Frank; and sisters, Jennifer, Wendy and Stephanie.

She was preceded in death by her younger brother, John Aldridge, in 2017.

Her friends and loved ones will be gathering in her memory on Saturday, Sept. 29, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. Anyone who knew her is encouraged to attend and bring a dish and a story to share.

— Submitted by the family of Valerine Rigdon

Story First Published: 2018-09-28