Valerie Ethne (Reader) Smurda

December 11, 1939 ~ October 31, 2020 (age 80)


On October 31, 2020, Valerie Ethne Reader Smurda was called to be with the Lord. Valerie met her husband James in Seville, Spain in the summer of 1966 and they were married January 7, 1967. Valerie was born in Kent, UK  December 11, 1939.  

Valerie leaves behind not only James but her daughter, Dawn Rowland of Elk Grove, CA; her son, Shawn of Sherman, TX; and four grandchildren, Dalton and Dillon Rowland, Victoria and Dominic Smurda all residing in California. She also has a sister Margaret residing in New Jersey and her brother Peter in Kent, UK.

The Rosary for Valerie Smurda will be recited at 10:15 am, Thursday, November 5, 2020 at St. Jude Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Thursday, November 5, 2020 at St. Jude Catholic Church with Father Tom Hoffman, Celebrant.

Following the service, Valerie will be cremated and her ashes placed in a Columbarium at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery near Dixon, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Shriner's Hospital, St. Jude Hospital or the Glioblastoma research foundation.

The Smurda family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the services.

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November 5, 2020

10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Jude Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial
November 5, 2020

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
St. Jude Catholic Church

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