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Elizabeth M. (Gorden) Valley

BACKUS — Elizabeth Marie (Gorden) Valley, age 42, of Backus, went home to heaven on Feb. 21, 2011. Elizabeth was born at her home in Crystal, Minn., on Nov. 8, 1968, moved to Climax, Minn., when she was 3, and accepted Jesus in her heart when she was 10. She graduated second in her class in 1987, and in 1989, earned an associate’s degree in dietetics, graduating with high distinction from UMC. On June 3, 1989, Elizabeth married her true love, Paul N. Valley. The couple moved several times for their jobs. Elizabeth worked as a DTR at the Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., and in nursing homes in Barnesville, Minn., and Devils Lake, N.D., from 1989 to 2000. In 2000, the couple settled in the Pine River area and started their own HVAC business. Elizabeth also worked part time for Meals on Wheels until October of 2000 when she accepted a part time job at Pine River State Bank. In 2007, the war against cancer began. God carried her through each step of the way. Elizabeth greeted people with a smile and enjoyed her kitties, Christian praise music, traveling, playing her flute, and fun family gatherings. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her grandparents, Rudy and Alice Gorden and Raymond Johnson. She is survived by her devoted husband, Paul; parents, Reuben and Bonnie Gorden; grandma, Evie Johnson; brother, David Gorden; sister, Heather Moorse (Edward); nephews and niece, Alexander, Evan, Kody, Mason, Eli and McKenna, who will all remember her has Auntie Liz; uncles, Arlen Gorden (Beth) and Jerry Gorden (Elaine); and aunt, Hope Scoles (Dwight).

Services will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Riverview Church in Pine River with Pastor Triston Borland officiating. Burial will be in Sand Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery, Climax, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.