Mary Jo Valentine, 85, Key Largo, Fla., formerly of Pierceton, passed away at 7:05 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in her residence. She was born on June 8, 1933, to Henry and Beulah (Osborne) Ratliff in Lauratown, Ark.
She graduated from Sloan-Hendrix High School in Imboden, Ark. She was united in marriage on Jan. 5, 1952, to Richard L. Valentine in the North Winona Church of the Brethren, Warsaw.
She was a Pierceton resident for most of her life, but spent the past 30 years in Key Largo, Fla.
She had worked for Key Mart Drugstore in Pierceton for many years, retiring 1988 from Kmart, Warsaw as a Human Resource Manager. She enjoyed reading books, doing genealogy, playing Bridge, Pinochle and Bocce. She also followed politics, and loved to watch Judge Judy and the Morning Joe show. Her words that she lived by “I did it my way.”
She is survived by her children: David (Cathleen) Valentine of Ben Lomond, Calif.; Michelle Valentine of Warsaw; Melissa (Mike Morelly) McKelvey of Miami, Fla.; and Alex Valentine of Pierceton; a sister, Julia Smith of Fortville; grandchildren, Julie (Zach) Winsett, Jeremy and Alexa McKelvey, Justin Rees and Jerrod Turpen; great grandchildren, Aliyah, Roman, and Waylon Turpen, Sadie and Sawyer Winsett and Braxton McKelvey. She is preceded by her parents a son Jay Valentine, her husband Richard Valentine (2003) and two brothers, James and Jack Ratliff.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton. A funeral service will be held on Thursday February 14, 2019 (Valentine’s Day) at 10:00 a.m. at the Funeral Chapel, Pierceton. Pastor Jamy Gregory will officiate the services.
Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton.
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