Valerie Joy Champagne peacefully passed away May 21, 2020, from lupus-related conditions at the age of 54 in her Olympia, Washington home, surrounded by family.
She is survived by her son, Charles “Charlie” Alexander Corl; mother, Joyce Scott; sisters, Michele Firth (Edward) and Virginia Coverdale (Wolfgang); and brother, David Champagne (Joanna). She is predeceased by her father, Robert Champaine.
Valerie was born October 11, 1965 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and grew up on a horse farm in Chester County, where as a young girl, she rode and showed horses. She discovered a love of dance and attended boarding school at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduation, she attended Villanova University.
She owned a real estate company and taught real estate courses, as well as computer courses. Val later moved to the West Coast to be near family and to enjoy the beautiful views, weather, and lattes of Washington State. She designed websites and taught various software programs for companies around the country, as well as for South Puget Sound Community College.
Valerie loved dancing, theater, opera, and often worked on productions both on stage and backstage. She skydived for the annual “Leap for Lupus” fundraiser. She loved geocaching and discussing how to prepare gourmet meals, cooking not so much. She had a fantastic sense of humor, intelligence and grace, and she passed with the eternal love of her large extended family.
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