Mar 31, 2013 - StaffValerie J. Lawrence of Riverton died Friday, March 22, 2013, at her home. She was 53.
There will be no services, per her request. Close family and friends will gather to spread her ashes this summer.
Valerie Joan Lawrence was born Jan. 5, 1960, in Virginia, Minn., the daughter of Robert and Marion Hill.
They resided in Minnesota until she was 2 years old, when her father accepted a transfer from his employer, U.S. Steel, and the family moved to Lander.
jShe graduated high school in Lander in 1978.
Her family said she enjoyed camping and was a compassionate animal lover. She especially loved her three dogs. She enjoyed sewing, photography, stained glass and target shooting. Family said "her biggest joy in life was spending time with her daughter and being a brand-new grandma."
She is survived by her brothers, Robert Hill and wife Marie of Eugene, Ore., Leighton Hill and wife Bobbie of Rock Springs, and Jon Hill and wife Sheila of Rock Springs; daughter Taryn Yeates and husband Garth; granddaughter Paige Yeates of Riverton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Hill, and her mother, Marion (Terrio) Hill.
Memorials can be made to PAWS for Life Animal League in Riverton at P.O. Box 1178, 515 S. Smith Road, Riverton, WY 82501.
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