A celebration of live for Etna resident Valetta Barker West is scheduled for 5 p.m. June 22 at the Flying Saddle Lodge in Alpine. West died Jan. 25 following a short illness. She was 56 years old.
Her family provided the following.
Val was born Nov. 18, 1962, in Lander to Ray and Arden Barker. Her family moved to Jackson when she was 1 year old. Val attended Jackson Hole Elementary School, Junior High School and graduated from Jackson Hole High School in 1981. She was friends with all.
She met her future husband, Adam West, during the summer following high school graduation while cruising around the Town Square with friends. They married on Nov. 26, 1983, at the Riverview Ranch in Moran.
Val and Adam were blessed with the arrival of their first born, Lacey Jo, on Dec. 28, 1985. They then moved to Star Valley to plant their roots in the community. They were soon blessed by the arrival of their second child, Dale Justin (“DJ”) on Sept. 10, 1990.
Val was always a hard worker. She worked in the medical records department at St. John’s Hospital before her move to Star Valley. She was also a talented nail technician and worked at the Alpenhaus Hotel on the desk as well as bookkeeping. Val stopped working full time to dedicate herself to raising her children but always found time to help babysit for other families in the valley. She continued to work part time doing bookkeeping for various businesses while helping to start and support her husband in the Adam West Trucking business.
Val was completely committed to her children and was very much involved in their schooling and extracurricular activities. Her daughter, Lacey, was a cheerleader while her son, DJ, was on the football team and raced cars.
Val had endless talents in her own right. She loved to cook, bake, sew, quilt, can, camp and paint. Her cast-iron potatoes cooked over an open fire were legendary. She also dabbled in photography, loved her horses, adored her runner ducks, and, of course, her dogs.
As time went on, Val’s greatest love beyond that of her husband and children was her grandchildren. She and Adam were blessed with four, and her love and commitment to them was beyond reproach. She was the ultimate grandmother with endless hugs, drying of tears and a little bit of spoiling along the way.
Val was taken from us far too soon and suddenly, leaving all of us stunned, bereft and incredibly saddened by our loss. She is survived by her husband, Adam, also known as “Batman”; her daughter, Lacey Jo Miles, and her husband, Clint; son Dale Justin West, and his wife, Josi; grandchildren Adeline Grace, Everly Mae, Tristan Dale and Emma Joan; her sister, Joyce Barker; her nieces Kelsey Jansen and Ralyn Barker; her father, Ray Barker; and countless friends and the entire Star Valley community.
For any questions about the memorial service, call 917-843-3302.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Animal Humane Association of Star Valley at AHASV.org.