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In Loving Memory Of

Valerie Ditch


Valerie Ditch, longtime resident of Grande Prairie, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at QEII Hospital, at the age of 63 years.

Valerie will be lovingly remembered by her partner Ken Kostuk, son Jonathan Kostuk (Denise Logan), daughter Cassandra Kostuk (Lee Hurst), granddaughter Anya Hurst, mother Irene Ditch, brother Rod and his children: Kirby (Todd) Aldred, Hayley (Cody) Woolsey and Marina Ditch;  sister Lorinne (Gerry) Balsdon and her children: Chelsea (Cory) Smith and Sean (Robyn); sister Corinne Dalen (Peter) and Corinne’s daughter Aleah (Kris), Peter’s sons: Dustin, Mark and Kyle; Michelle (Herb) Dalen and their children: Michael (Lynsey), Elizabeth (Chris) and Matthew (Holly); Angela Ditch and her son Zachary Webber (Taihler) and step-daughter Julie (Gary) Schau; six great-grand nieces and nephews: Mick, Leo, Oaklynn, Sophia and Maisie and Raphael; as well as many members of a large extended family.

Valerie will be remembered for being a woman who was passionate about creating a life rich in relationships. She delighted in creating a meaningful connection with everyone she met. She loved that she had strong roots and a huge family here in the Peace Country.

A firm believer in “always being in the right place at the right time”, Valerie flowed through her days with grace and gentleness. She took time every morning to gently embrace the day as she sipped her coffee or soaked in the bathtub, with her favorite radio station, CKUA, playing in the background. 

She loved to recount stories of how each of her days would unfold, sharing the details of who she had bumped into while roaming through the grocery store or what sorts of great nature shot opportunities had arisen that she could paint later. She absolutely loved books, gardening and travel as well.

Valerie was an artist to the very core of her being. Her intuitive ability to notice beauty, details and connections in absolutely everything around her, resulted in many incredible works of art. She was a long time member of the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists and Peace Watercolour Society.

An avid supporter of arts and culture, Valerie was the quintessential social butterfly. She delighted in supporting her family and friends creative pursuits, attending as many live music events, art shows, plays, and other artistic performances as she could possibly fit in. She didn’t like to miss anything!

Valerie was predeceased by her father Dorman Ditch; grandparents: Clarence and Annie Richards and Stuart and Lola Ditch; and her sister in-law Debra Ditch.

An ECK Memorial Service followed by a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 4:00pm, at Teresa Sargent Hall, (9839 103 Ave., Grande Prairie, AB). Attendees will be invited to enjoy a walk through the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie after the service to view a selection of Valerie’s art work along with the current exhibition on display in the Gallery while the hall is prepared for the Celebration of Life.

Cremation has taken place, overseen by Oliver’s Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

  • Valerie Ditch
  • Valerie Ditch

In Loving Memory of

Valerie Ditch


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Funeral Service Details

Funeral Service
Sunday, December 11, 2016
4:00 PM
Teresa Sargent Hall
9839 103 Ave., Grande Prairie, AB
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