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Valerie J. Ferris

Tunbridge, Vt. — Valerie J. Ferris, 50 died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her home in Tunbridge after a long battle with cancer.

She was born Aug. 19, 1963 in Barre, Vt. the daughter of Norman K. and Beverly J. (Hewitt) Larkin. She attended school in Tunbridge and later in Chelsea where she graduated from Chelsea High School in 1981. On Aug. 6, 1988, she married Douglas Ferris of North Randolph, Vt. They loved all their married life in Tunbridge where they raised their three children. Valerie worked almost 30 years as a business analyst for the National Life Company of Vermont in Montpelier, Vt.

Valerie was a Girl Scout Leader in Tunbridge for 17 years; a reading mentor for the Everybody Wins Program in Tunbridge and a library volunteer at the Tunbridge Central School. She enjoyed watching her children’s sporting events, camping, traveling and reading.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas Ferris; a son, Galen Ferris and two daughters, Courtney Ferris and Christina Ferris all of Tunbridge; her father, Norman Larkin and his wife, Lenora of Williamstown, Vt.; five sisters, Teresa Outridge of East Thetford, Vt., Premila Watson of North Carolina, Theresa Gerhart of Cabot, Vt., Cynthia Nonemacher of East Randolph, Vt. and Cecilia Kelly of Canada; a brother, John Larkin of North Carolina; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother, Beverly Wood; step-father, Lawrence Wood; and a grandson, Derrick Ferris.

There will be no public calling hours. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Chelsea in Chelsea, Vt. with Rev. Deadra Ashton officiating. The burial will be held at the Hunt Cemetery in North Tunbridge, Vt.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tunbridge Central School Library, P.O. Box 8, Tunbridge, VT 05077.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vt. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at