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Anchorage resident Valerie Gallegos, 56, died Dec. 14, 2007, at Alaska Native Medical Center.
A funeral will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Cathedral.
Ms. Gallegos was born Dec. 9, 1951, in Fairbanks, the second-youngest daughter of Charles (Carlie) and Mildred Jacobsson. She graduated from Copper Valley High School in 1969 and lived in Marshall, Bethel, Wasilla and Anchorage. After graduating from high school, she attended college in Washington.
After leaving Alaska for college, Valerie traveled across the United States in a Volkswagen bus, visiting family members in California, Missouri, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In 1975, she and her family moved to Killeen, Texas, where they lived for five years before returning to Anchorage in 1980.
During the 1980s, Ms. Gallegos worked as a secretary to the commander of the Air Force Arctic Broadcasting Squadron on Elmendorf.
Ms. Gallegos enjoyed spending time with her family, visiting with friends, telling stories, cooking, baking, fishing and camping.
She was an active member of the Copper Valley School Association.
Her family wrote: "Valerie was an adventurous, fun-loving person, and her children describe her as a person who loved unconditionally. Mom would always see the good in everyone and was known to never turn away those in need."
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Neil and Melissa Rodriguez, and their daughters, Mariella and Marcelina; daughter and son-in-law, Regina and Dave Shull, and their children, James and Joslynn of Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughter, Jamie Rodriguez, and her sons, Lucien and Athan; daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and George Minyaya, and their children, Yajaira, Jesiah and Yesenia; grandchildren, Michael, Shaylene and Karina Reynolds of Anchorage; brother and sister-in-law John "Jake" and Martha Jacobsson of Kenai; sister and brother-in-law, Hilda and Bill Vandergrift of Ironton, Mo.; sisters, Jean Hull, Deidre Viera, Desa Jacobsson, Lynn Bossette and June Jardine; 26 nieces and nephews; and many extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Ernie; sister, Chrissy; and daughter, Desa Lynn.
Friends may send condolences to P.O. Box 201523, Anchorage 99520
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