Graveside rites for Valerie Dean Westheimer, 65, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, with Dr. Rick Baggett officiating.

The daughter of the late Jerome Max and Ellen Woods Westheimer Sr., Valerie was born Aug. 4, 1947, in Ardmore, and passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Her sister, Beverly Westheimer Wellnitz, also preceded her death.

Valerie graduated from Monticello Preparatory High School in Alton, Ill., attended both Trinity University and Texas Women's University, completing her first bachelor's degree in English from North Texas State University in Denton, and then received her second degree in art from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Valerie was an accomplished artist and musician, played the piano, organ, guitar, banjo and clarinet.

Valerie is survived by her brother Jerome "Bruzzy" Westheimer and wife Gloria, brother-in-law Joel Wellnitz and nephew Chris O'Donnell.

Memorials may be made to a mental health charity of your choice.

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