- Valerie Clark-Richards (Smith) 65, died November 7, 2016 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.
She passed peacefully with her son Seely and daughter in law Elizabeth Martin at her side.
Valerie was born December 19, 1950 in Bangor, the daughter of Stanley B. Smith and Wilhelmina A. Smith (Martin).
She is survived by her son, Seely N. Clark IV, and by her "Sisters" Carol McAlpine,Victoria Smith (Martin), Jane Snyder, Donna Sprague, and by many other loved ones such as Lola Orcutt, Clarence Snyder, Dale Smith, Marsha Sibley, Charlotte Oullette and many others not listed here.
To the others not listed here, our apologies, you all know who you are, and Valerie sends her love to you even now.
Valerie was larger than life, entering any room with a commanding presence befitting someone three times her size, always in an outfit of purple clothing, and with a mischievous smile that was infectious to anyone around her. She had a fun and unique way of looking at life, and treated every day as if it were a gift.
Valerie was an active member of the World Wildlife Federation, and the SPCA. She was also an active and supportive member of many ongoing peer support groups in the greater Bangor area. She loved the color purple, commonly renamed "durple" in her circles of friends and influence. She loved animals, gardening, and nature in general. She also loved fast cars, owning a 1968 Shelby Cobra GT Mustang at 16 years old as well as drag racing a 1960 Chevrolet Chevelle at Winterport Dragway in her twenties and causing quite a stir -both in the women's and men's divisions- with how good of a racer she was.
Her love of gardening and her "I can do anything" attitude led to her remodeling her house in 1990-located at 30 Stillwater Avenue in Orono- into what she, and her friends and family all referred to as "Haven Hill".
This was a labor of love for her, and a monument of pride, good will, and good memories, and a safe place to be for all those involved with its creation, and for many more who visited there after its creation, and is where she happily resided until 2015.
She was employed in a vast variety of jobs throughout the years such as: Credit and Collections worker for AJ Cole & Sons in Bangor, outside sales for ComTech of Hermon, teller at Merrill Bank in Bangor and later as a teller at UCU in Orono.
Our thanks go out to Bob and his staff at Aging Excellence in Bangor,to all of the nurses, doctors, and staff involved in Valerie's care on Merritt 3 Surgical at EMMC, and to Dr. Antoine Harb and Dr. Vankirk and all their staff. Your kindness, compassion, and patience will never be forgotten.
Per Valerie's wishes, there will be no traditional memorial service. Instead, a celebration of life will be held in
the springtime at a date and venue yet to be determined. The date will be announced in the Bangor Daily News, as well as other papers, and social media in advance so that all who wish to attend may do so.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Valerie's name can be made to Spruce Run or to The (Patrick)Dempsey Center in Lewiston, Maine.
Anyone who would like to be informed in the spring by email of when the celebration of life will be may contact Valerie's family at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on  November 28, 2016