Valery Lee Blood
1974 - 2020
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Valery Lee Blood was born on Dec 23, 1974, in Durango, CO, to Wanda and Calvin Uptain. She was in the founding class of Durango Early Learning Center, and later went to Riverview, Smiley, and graduated in 93 from DHS. She completed 2 years of pre-pharmacy at FLC and was accepted to the UNM School of Pharmacy. She graduated with honors in Dec 1998.

She married Jeremy Blood on August 1, 1999. The birth of their daughters, Bridgess in 2002 and Braisy in 2004 was the best thing that ever happened to her. She loved being a mom and delighted in the girls. Her favorite thing in the world was to spend time with them. They all really loved their time spent at Navajo Lake and camping above Mancos, CO.

Valery was a Pharmacist at Target in Farmington, and sometimes at Kare Drug in Aztec. She loved her pharmacy family and her many wonderful customers.

She is survived by Jeremy Blood, her daughters Bridgess Blood, 18, and Braisy Blood, 16, her mother and stepfather, Wanda and Mac Cason, her brother Travis Uptain, his partner Christine Just, and her 3 nephews Morrgan, Wyatt and Warren Uptain, all of Durango. She is also survived by her grandmother Lola Roberts in Texas, and her grandmother Norma Uptain in Wyoming. She had many, many cousins, wonderful aunts and uncles, and large extended family. Her family meant the world to her. She was preceded in death by her father and both

grandfathers.

Valery always had a special glow about her and was so beautiful inside and out. She truly cared about her many friends, classmates, customers, and family. But the most precious and dear to her heart were Bridgess and Braisy.

She died when another vehicle hit them head-on near Flagstaff, Arizona, on June 19, 2020. Braisy was critically injured, but is on her way to physical recovery.

A Memorial Service will be held later this summer, when both of her daughters are able to attend.

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Published in Pine River Times on Jul. 2, 2020.
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July 25, 2020
WE WERE SO SADDENED AND SHOCKED TO HEAR OF VALERY'S PASSING. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE KNOWN HER AND HAVE SUCH GREAT MEMORIES OF OUR SHARED SPECIAL TIMES AS THE BLOOD FAMILY NEIGHBORS IN HESPERUS. OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO JEREMY, BRIDGESS, AND WE PRAY FOR A SPEEDY AND SUCCESSFUL RECOVERY FOR BRAISY. OFFERING OUR PRAYERS AND BEST WISHES FOR JEREMY AND VALERY'S WONDERFUL GIRLS.
TRAVIS AND LAVERNE LUZ, RENO, NV.
TRAVIS LUZ
Friend
July 12, 2020
Valery was a true friend to family and friends! Our prayers go out to her family and God Bless.
Leonard Uptain
Family
July 12, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one, Valery. May (1 Thessalonians 4:14) bring you some comfort in knowing that there is a future for the ones we have lost in death. May the God of all comfort strengthen your family during this time of deep sorrow.
July 10, 2020
Valery my Great Neice. Ftom the dsy she was born up to the day she left our sides. Valery was an outstanding person. Loved by everyone she meet. She now is watching over us as a Angel up above. She has joined all our other Angels. RIP our beautiful Valery.
Laura Willden Schamp
Family
July 9, 2020
Valery was such an amazing person inside and out. She had the kindest heart and would do anything for you. She was an amazing mom and friend. You will be truly missed..
Tommy Montoya
Classmate
July 7, 2020
We love and miss you, Valerie!!Francine and Jack Sona.. KARE Drug
Francine Sona
Friend
July 6, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Nicole Simpson
Friend
July 5, 2020
Valerie was such a sweet soul! Met her at church through her wonderful girls! She always brought a smile to my face! She will be missed!
Missy Jacobs
Friend
July 4, 2020
Remembering her with you.
Laura Lewis Marchino
July 4, 2020
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Patti Lee
July 4, 2020
Rest In Peace Valery. You were such a beautiful presence in every class we had at DHS. I loved Monday mornings when wed catch up on our weekend adventures. Im sending love and prayers of comfort and healing to your family.
Brook Jack- Thomas
Classmate
July 3, 2020
I will truly miss her at Target , her loving smile and friendship will be greatly missed . I first met Valery when she came aboard at Target and later when I would get my prescriptions .
Prayer and condolences to her families and may Valery RIP .
So heartbroken for all of you
Michael Kambick
Friend
July 3, 2020
I remember Valero as a sweet young mom at Ft. Lewis Mesa School. I am holding you all in prayer.
Sue Mooney
July 3, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Jim roberts
Family
July 2, 2020
Im so sorry to hear this. I knew her only casually from her job and mine but she was always so kind. Prayers of comfort for her family ❤
Brigette Cook
Acquaintance
July 2, 2020
Rest in peace beautiful lady.
July 2, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Ruth Swickard
Family
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