Jan. 11, 1955 — Jan. 8, 2018
Valerie Winstanley was born in Port Angeles, Washington, on Jan. 11, 1955. She was taken from us by a massive stroke Jan. 9, 2018, at the age of 62, in Astoria, Oregon, surrounded by her family.
She was the fifth child of Clifford Raymond and Evelyn Viola Block Chittim. She lived in Port Angeles until she was 6, then moved with her family to Fairbanks, Alaska. In 1963, the family moved to Seaside, Oregon, where Valerie spent all her school years at Seaside’s Central School, Broadway Middle School, and graduated from Seaside High School in 1973.
She married Mark Winstanley on Aug. 18, 1973, and they moved to Corvallis, Oregon. In 1985, they moved back to Seaside, and resided in the area ever since. Both of her children, Melissa and Mitchell, grew up in Seaside.
Valerie was a fun, loving person. Clamming, walking on the beach and picking mushrooms and berries were a few of her favorite things to do. She was always excited for a good thunderstorm, and never wanted to live anywhere but right on her little spot in Surf Pines.
She was also an amazing cook! She was so happy to have her three grandsons so close by, to cook with and to take on hikes. She will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
Valerie is survived by her husband of 45 years, Mark Winstanley; her daughter, Melissa Bilyeu (Jeffrey) of Warrenton, Oregon; son Mitchell Winstanley of Monmouth, Oregon; three grandsons, Adam, Alexander and Zachary Bilyeu of Warrenton, Oregon; sisters InaRae Ussack (Bill) of Sequim, Washington, Carol Anne Gates (John) of Warrenton, Oregon, and LeeEllen Brown of Seaside, Oregon; brother Gene Lewis Chittim of Portland, Oregon; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins who loved her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
As per her wishes, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made in her name to: Reading Outreach for Clatsop County (ROCC); or the Seaside Library, Seaside, Oregon.