Valerie Forbes Obituary, Death – We announce the demise of our cherished daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, grandma, mother, and friend with deep sorrow. Valerie’s family and friends will miss her terribly. Valerie is survived by her partner Edlore Cooke; mother Rosemary; sisters, Bernadette, Natalie and Bonnie; brother Alexander Traverse; children, Hilary (Tony) and Philip (Kayla); stepdaughter Carrie; grandchildren, Penny and Malcolm; aunts, Lillian Ross and Elizabeth Traverse; great-aunts, Bertha Sumner and Evangeline Traverse; great-uncle Mark Traverse; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Robert, Valerie’s father, predeceased her in October 2019; most recently, Travis, a nephew, predeceased her in March 2023. Valerie was a quick study and hard worker. After completing her senior year at R. B. Russell Vocational High School, she attended the University of Winnipeg to earn her diploma as an educational assistant. She spent more than 25 years working for the Winnipeg School Division. In numerous schools, Valerie served as a paraeducator for students with special needs.
She formed a unique bond with one pupil, Matthew Stevenson, during this period that lasted long after he left the public school system. In addition to Penny and Malcolm, Valerie also enjoyed caring for the children of her sister. She was skilled at planning birthday celebrations and was often the one to start the games with the kids. She had distinct ties with each child, but her relationship with her grand-niece Delilah was particularly remarkable.
Valerie frequently picked up the kids to take them on outings because she enjoyed spending time with them. The kids were always thrilled to see “Auntie Val.” Valerie enjoyed spending time with her nieces as well as the kids. Whether her nieces required a place to stay, assistance with kids, housecleaning, or just a sympathetic ear, she was always there to lend a hand. Whether it was 3 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon, Valerie was always present. When it came to helping with the family, time did not matter.