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Valerie Lau Dalton Valerie Lau Dalton passed away peacefully in the arms of her son, Leonard, on Christmas Day. She was born and raised in the tropical island paradise of Aruba where she shared many a carefree adventure with her five siblings. After traveling and adventuring in her early adult years, she settled into a career in Trinidad, married David Dalton and had two much-loved sons, Leonard and Wesley. In 1988 She moved to the shelter of her sister Helen Running’s home in Flagstaff with her two young sons where she eventually set up a home and resided the rest of her life. Over the years she worked on completing her degree in Computer Information Systems at NAU, raised her two sons and in 1997 she moved into one of the first Habitat for Humanity homes in Flagstaff, Over the years she became a Master Gardener and helped to re-establish the native flora around the new San Francisco de Asis church, of which she was a dedicated parishioner. She was also active in her local Community Garden. Her skills as a seamstress kept her busy altering and creating items for family and friends. In August of 2016, on the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park System, Valerie became a U.S. citizen in a moving ceremony conducted at Mather Point Amphitheater on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. In April of 2017, after many months of studying and a near death encounter that saw her transported via helicopter to Phoenix, Valerie professed into the Secular Franciscan Order and incorporated its teachings into her daily life. Valerie is survived by her two sons, Leonard (Flagstaff) and Wesley Dalton (Anchorage, AK), their cousins Rachel (Tucson) and JP Running (Flagstaff), and her three siblings; Jill Lau Garcia (Dallas), Michael (Trinidad) and Richard (Trinidad) Lau, and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy Ahong Lau and Dennis Lau, her sons father David Dalton, and her two siblings, Peter Lau and Helen Lau Running. Services will be held on Saturday, January 6th at San Francisco de Asis; rosary at 10:00 a.m. followed by a mass at 11:00 p.m. and a gathering of friends at noon. Donations in Valerie Dalton’s name can be made to Habitat for Humanity and/or the San Francisco de Asis parish.
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