Valerie G. Phillips
Valerie G. Phillips, 36, of Rifle, died Feb. 23, 2005, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Valerie Gaye Bina was born Feb. 16, 1969, in Meeker, the daughter of Ted and Carrie (McGruder) Bina. She was raised in Meeker, graduating with the Meeker High School Class of 1987. Following her graduation she attended Mesa State College where she received an Associate of Arts degree. On Aug. 5, 1989, she was united in marriage to Matthew Phillips at the City Park in Meeker. The couple lived in Rifle, where Valerie was employed as an account executive with Advanced Network Systems. She was a member of the Rifle United Methodist Presbyterian Church and the Rifle Mothers of Preschoolers M.O.P.S. group. She loved to do scrapbooking, genealogy, snowshoeing and to bowl.Valerie was a very loving and devoted wife and mother and enjoyed sharing her time with others. She volunteered with LIFT-UP, Highland Elementary School, the Rifle Rendezvous, the Glenwood Springs Thrift Store and Sopris Therapy in Carbondale, helping disabled children to ride horses.In addition to her husband, Matt, of the family home, Valerie is survived by her daughter, Grace Emily; her stepson, Joshua Earl; her parents, Ted and Carrie Bina, of Meeker; her sister, LaVina (Larry) Reese, of Parachute; two brothers, Ted (Kelly) Bina, of Rifle, and Merle Bina, of Meeker; her mother and father-in-law, William and Beverly Phillips, of Henderson; her sister-in-law, Candi Cloud, of Erie; and her nieces and nephews, Sean, Audra, Gerald, Scott, Mackenzie and Tristin; and two great-nephews, Clay and Cameron.Valerie’s death will leave a void in the lives of all who knew and loved her and the many lives she has touched with her kindness and generosity. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at the Rifle United Methodist Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Highland Cemetery in Meeker. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Grace Phillips Memorial Fund at Western Rockies Federal Credit Union. Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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