Beloved employee passes away

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Photo courtesy of Liz Coleman
Friends and family met on Sunday, Feb. 26 to celebrate Valerie Wothe’s life. Favorite memories and stories were shared, accompanied by tears and laughter. The group said Wothe loved Yumm bowls, made awesome salsa and her favorite colors were purple, blue and turquoise. Her positivity, spirit and beauty will be missed.

Valerie Wothe, a 14-year employee of Lane Community College, passed away on January 23, 2017. She will sorely be missed by her friends, family and co-workers.

Tutoring Services Coordinator, Liz Coleman, hired Wothe in 2013. Wothe helped thousands of students to complete their program of study or pass a class. Over 30 have moved onto  higher education.

“Valerie had the capacity of translating confusing math into something understable,” Coleman said.

Friends shared memories of their monthly hikes with Wothe to Mount Pisgah. Wothe had a love for bird-watching and would point out birds along the way.

“Val will live on in the success of all her students and coworkers,” Coleman said. “She was steady and had such a integrity.”