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March 28, 1964 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 59) 59 Years Old
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Valarie Michelle Green, affectionately known to the family as "Val," was born on Saturday, March 28, 1964, to the late Edward John Green, Jr., and Evelyn Lee Green. She transitioned from this life on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, after a lengthy illness, with family by her side.
Valarie was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School in 1982, where she received her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Her passion for caring for others was evident in her dedication and compassion towards her patients. She made a positive impact on the lives of those she encountered during her career until her passing.
Valarie was baptized at an early age at Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she joined the Junior Usher Board along with her sisters Cheryl and LaVerne, under the leadership of their late Grandmother, senior usher Lillie Mae Parker.
Valarie exuded a vibrant and joyful personality, captivating those around her with an infectious spirit that lifted their hearts. Her quick wit and comedic talents brought laughter to all who had the pleasure of her company. Valarie's intelligence was nothing short of remarkable, and she was very wise. Her memory was impeccable, effortlessly recalling moments, events, names, and places that may have slipped the minds of others. If she asserted it was a rainy day on a Tuesday in 1984, rest assured, it was so!
In her free time, Valarie loved spending time with her family. She had a garden in her yard where she often planted flowers with family, admiring the essence of nature. She also enjoyed playing cards, fishing, crabbing, eating crabs, and shopping with her sister LaVerne. They called it, “Sista Saturday.” Valarie held an unwavering devotion to her family, recognizing their significance as the cornerstone of her life.
In a union that spanned over four decades with the love of her life, Kendall, she cultivated a profound and affectionate bond, a testament to their enduring love. Together, they nurtured a beautiful family of three children, a testament to the depth of their commitment and the legacy they created. Valarie had a unique talent for multiplication, especially when it came to her nieces and nephews. She especially always had a way of claiming her sister LaVerne's three kids, Davon, Domonique, and Lashawn, as her own, making her the ultimate supermom in our family tree.
Her love and humor will forever be cherished, along with the countless 'extra' children she took under her wing. Rest in laughter, dear sister.
Valarie leaves to cherish her memories her beloved companion, Kendall Laniel Ricks; three children: Kendall Lee Ricks, Keith Ricks, Sr., and Kendra Ricks; three grandchildren: Kyndal Ricks, Keith Ricks, Jr., and Kairi Hooper; seven brothers and sisters: Cheryl Starks, LaVerne Sharp (Michael), Darryl Green (Andrea), Michael Green (Kwanza), Monica Hopkins, Antwan Hopkins, Sr. (LaTerra), and Edward Green, III; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward J. Green, Jr.; her other mother, Katie Green; one brother, Leroy Green; and one sister, Vonnette Hopkins-Bethea. While we mourn her loss, we find solace in knowing that she is now reunited with her loved ones who have gone before her.