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Valerie Darlene Larkin, 1956-2016

Valerie D. Larkin passed away on Oct. 24, 2016, in her Tehachapi home with her family by her side. She was 60.

Valerie was born on Aug. 31, 1956, in Glendale, to parents Cathryn and Kenneth Cates of Sunland. She attended Verdugo Hills High School and graduated from Glendale High School. She then attended Antelope Valley College and received an associate’s degree in 1996. On Jan. 11, 1975, Valerie married the love of her life at Stonehurst Church in Shadow Hills, a neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Valerie worked for Oak Valley Appliance, Sierra National Bank, Tehachapi Post Office, Kmart and Jim’s Barber Shop, as well as homeschooling her grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas with her parents and husband, she visited Graceland, she was skilled at jewelry making and sewing. Her interests included country music, Elvis Presley, cow kitchen décor, Chevys (not Fords), antiques, NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick, John Wayne and soap operas. Valerie loved her many grandchildren and enjoyed babysitting them whenever she could.

Valerie is survived by her husband, Deane Larkin; children Dalana Larkin, Desiree Beausoleil and Joshua Larkin; and grandchildren Joseph Ellis, Evan Larkin, Jordan Phillips, Travis Larkin, Ethan Posey, Kaden Posey, Deztini Larkin, Alana Lallas, Kali Larkin, Samantha Lallas, Lily Larkin, Brixtin Beausoleil and Guage Larkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Cathryn Cates; siblings, Peggy Johnson and Regina Snyder; and son, Jeremy Russel Larkin.

Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences, please visit

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