It is with heavy heart that I write this note as our island community has lost one of its Beautiful Angels…
Valerie Lane LeBarre-Guild (Born 2/25/59 Akron, Ohio) passed away peacefully in her home on Fort Myers Beach, during the early morning hours on 3/16/17. Valerie had endured debilitating illness for many years, but after her heroic battle for the last 2 1/2 years, she succumbed to the devastating effects of myeloma cancer.
Growing up in Ohio, Valerie was somewhat of a tomboy, she enjoyed mountain climbing with her Dad, and was a high school track star. As a Senior, Val had an opportunity to try out for the Olympics, but her dream was to raise a family.
Valerie moved to F.M.B. in 1986 with her 2 boys, Jeremy 8 and Ryan 1, then in 1987 ,Dusty was born. She dedicated her life to those three boys, working multiple jobs and sacrificing whatever necessary to give them the best life possible. Understanding the island life could easily lead them astray, Val knew she sometimes, or if you ask the boys, most of the time had to be strict, but always with nothing but Love in her heart.
Valerie stayed near her children, seldom missing a school or sports event. She was a soccer mom, and their baseball coach, and often invited half the team back to her house for supper, sleepover, and pancakes in the morning. To this day , there are at least half a dozen men and a few women on this island who refer to her as Mom.
Valerie’s love lives in the hearts of her children, Jeremy a talented carpenter, Ryan a financial advisor, wife Deanne, and Baby Aria Grace, Dusty a firefighter, wife Alyssa, and soon to be, Baby Taylor Lane who carries her Grandmother’s middle name. They have all made her very Proud.
The family thanks all those who took care of Valerie and showed her love and compassion, and all our friends, who are always there.
I was Blessed, for some reason Valerie chose me and we were married in 2004, and have been on our Honeymoon ever since. Our faith and unconditional love sustained us through many hardships, the love and help from family and friends carried us through…Thank you.
Valerie was the most considerate and selfless person I ever have known. I will Love Her and Miss Her Forever…
A celebration of life will be at Bowditch Point Park on Sunday, April 2nd 10 a.m.