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Valice Warner

March 4, 1931 ~ February 13, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Valice Warner Obituary

Valice Warner (92) was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on March 4th, 1931, to Evelyn Lucille Tollefson nee Matson and Kenneth Lawrence Tollefson.   She passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones on February 13th, 2024, in Overgaard, Arizona.

Valice worked hard her whole life, dedicating herself first to her Lord Jesus, her family, and her church.  Valice worked all through high school as a Candy Striper and nurse’s aide until she married Blaine Arthur Warner on June 18th, 1949.  This city girl quickly had to figure out life on a Wisconsin dairy farm.  She became pregnant with child number one in July and by the time Marilyn was born in April of 1950, they had moved back to city life near Milwaukee in Thiensville, WI where Blaine began his long career as a bricklayer and later a masonry contractor.  After two more children, Brian and Sharon, Marilyn’s health took them to Arizona where the last three children, Ellen, Denine, and Kevin were born. 

Valice loved singing in the choir at Grace Lutheran Church in Glendale, where all six children went to grade school.  Later she sang for many years with Sweet Adelines, her beautiful alto voice providing perfect harmonies.  She loved square dancing and enjoyed that immensely until sustaining a serious back injury.  She was a talented knitter and an avid sewer, making most of the clothes for the entire family.

In 1975 she returned to school to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.  After receiving her nursing degree in 1976 from Glendale Community College, she worked as a hospital nurse until she returned to ASU to complete her bachelor’s degree in 1980.   She took a position as head of nursing at a Scottsdale Nursing Home and in that capacity, she wrote a training program for all of the nurse’s aides at the facility so that they could be certified, even giving them a graduation ceremony.  The State of Arizona heard about this and contacted her about writing a CNA training program that could be implemented statewide.

Valice was single and an empty nester when an opportunity to combine travel in her job arose and she jumped at it.  She worked for Proctor and Gamble, conducting training at hospitals and nursing homes on an innovative new product called Depends.

Another injury sidelined her and began her intimate relationship with chronic pain which remained with her the rest of her life.  A bright spot at this time was that she and Blaine reunited and were remarried in August of 1986 at their home in Alpine, AZ.  Valice became an avid quilter and made quilts for all her children and grandchildren as well as quilts for many charities.  They moved and lived in the San Diego area for many years until returning to Arizona in 2014 to live with daughter Marilyn. Blaine remained devoted to Valice until his passing eight years ago. 

Valice is survived by brother Loren Tollefson, children Marilyn (Von) Giblin, Brian (Jeanette) Warner, Sharon Mominee, Ellen (Dave) Deason, Denine (Tom) Moriarty, and Kevin (Monica) Warner, twelve grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Blaine A Warner, parents Evelyn and Kenneth Tollefson, sister Geraldine Lillegard, granddaughter Mikaela Warner and great grandchildren Riley Bell Jahnke and Caleb Moriarty. 

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