Valerie Sue Hurd Kelly

December 12, 1953 - July 30, 2012
Valerie Sue Hurd Kelly


Valerie Sue Hurd Kelly, who resided in Cary NC, died unexpectedly Monday July 30, 2012 in Wilmington NC.

She was born December 12, 1953 in Charles City, Iowa to Eris Carr Hurd and the late Jim Hurd.

In addition to her mother, also surviving are her daughter, Gabriel Kelly Smith and husband Marlian Smith, sister, Emily Munn and husband Mike, and brother, Clayton Hurd and wife Heather.

She will be missed by many friends and family including nephews, Glenn Cavenaugh, wife Cheryl, Paul Cavenaugh, wife Kathy, Larry Munn, Andrew Hurd, fiancé Kady; nieces, Jessica Buskirk, husband Seth, Abby Wilcox, husband Ross, Ella Hurd, and many grand-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister Melissa Hurd Cavenaugh.

Valerie was a person who brought a smile and joy to everyone she met, especially those who were fortunate enough to be her family or friend. She was a gifted healer, her touch restored and renewed peoples’ bodies and spirits. Her beautiful laugh and positive energy touched us all

A Celebration of life gathering will be held Sunday, August 5, 2012 from 5-7pm at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Per request of Valerie please wear bright colors.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • August 03, 2012
    Angelion Anderson says:
    In gratitude for the life Valerie shared with us, of Love, Joy, Light, Blessings and loads of fun! Angelion https://wilmingtoncares.com/images/icons/heart.gif

  • August 03, 2012
    Steve & AJ says:
    Dear Clayton, Heather, & Ella, Our prayers are with you at this time. We pray God's peace be with you all. AJ & Steve

  • August 03, 2012
    mary mcgraw saunders says:
    I am crying. I have known Valerie since 1987. She was my healer, my husbands, my son and massaged me every week thru my pregnancy w/ my daughter. She massaged my father in law thru his illness. I KNOW she loves Gabriel. Spoke with such love and pride of her daughter. Gabriel, be strong as Valerie would have exhibited to you. Know that we all are thinking of you in this time and know that we all will keep you and your family in our prayers.I cannot express how much I will miss Valerie.

  • August 03, 2012
    Lloyd Hogan says:
    She was a dear friend of two of my daughters. I only met her two weeks before her demise. My impression of her was that she was a delightful person who exuded friendliness and charm and a very cheerful spirit. Although I only had the opportunity to speak with her for about 20 minutes, I feel the pain of her departure that must be felt by her closest relstives.

  • August 03, 2012
    Elizabeth Schwirck says:
    Gabriel, I am so sorry for your loss. What a tragedy. May you find peace and comfort in beautiful memories of your mother and the loving relationship that you enjoyed.