“We lost her way too soon”
After a month-long battle with pneumonia, Valerie passed away on Monday, November 29, 2021, at the Ogden Regional Medical Center.
This amazing mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and loving friend to so many, was born May 16, 1945, in Ogden, Utah. She was the daughter of Ted J. Mosier and Marie Fife.
Valerie spent her early childhood in Ogden and then later as a young woman in Paramount, California. While attending Paramount High School, she met and later married Martin Eyler. They were later divorced. Valerie returned to Utah and attended, then graduated from Ogden Beauty College to begin a successful career owning and operating a hair salon in South Ogden. While in the area, she met and married Doug Story. They were later divorced.
Valerie was an incredible example of hard work, dedication, and excellence, in her career as a beautician and business owner. Many people in the community will recall visiting Valerie’s shop, having their hair cut, and enjoying their experience with “the Red Head.”
If running a successful business and raising two boys as a single mom wasn’t enough of a challenge for Valerie, she chose to join the US Postal Service in 1978 and began a second career. She rose quickly within the USPS, holding several supervisory positions throughout the country, and then finishing her career serving with distinction as a Level 22 Postmaster, acting as the Ben Lomond Station Manager.
So, what did a successful postmaster and skilled hairdresser do in her spare time? She was active in her local Republican Party, she loved and rescued countless animals, and enjoyed the wonderful women of her book club and her bowling league. She tried to keep it in the fairway with her golfing girls as well.
She was known to be quite the problem solver and straight shooter among her dozens of dedicated friends. “If you bring it to Valerie, just be sitting down when you get your answer!” And it has been said, “You always know where you stand with Valerie.”
After retirement, Valerie spent several years working part-time with her son, Steve, in his financial planning office providing valuable assistance to clients.
Valerie loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They will forever be benefited by the care and example of their one-of-a-kind Grandma.
Valerie greatly enjoyed her South Ogden neighbors and attended the Burch Creek LDS 5th Ward, giving them a run for their money.
Her family would like to especially thank the dedicated and professional staff of doctors and nurses who took such great care of Valerie while in Critical Care and the ICU. Their concern, service, and dedication to Valerie was not only impressive to see, but also will be forever appreciated.
It is hard to find words to express how much Valerie will be missed. Many reading this will, no doubt, agree.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother Ted J Mosier and Marie Canfield, her ex-husband Doug E. Story, her sister Pamela Nakamoto and her grandmother Elsie Fife.
She is survived by her sister Patricia Hawley, her son Steven Story, her son Doug Erik (Sheila) Story, her cousin Dianne (Casper) Casparian, and cousin Melvin (Norma) Grove. Her grandchildren Cassandra (Dennin) Loomis, Frisco (Jennifer) Story, Masyn Story, Clarissa (Miles) Story-Manwaring, Cole Story and Tyler Story. Her great-grandchildren Blake Story, Walker Loomis, Reylyn Story, Nicole Story, Finn Loomis and Owen Loomis.
In lieu of flowers please send a donation in memory of Valerie Story to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Memorial gifts may be directed to
Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741, Attn: Juli S; By phone: 435-644-2001 Option 5; Online at https://bestfriends.org/donate/memory
A Celebration of her Life will be held on May 21, 2022 at 4pm to 8pm.
Please send your condolences and a memory at www.leavittsmortuary.com