Valerie Sue Ford


Thank you all

A memorial service was held Saturday, November 18, 3:00pm at Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton, PA—a few blocks from where she lived.

Valerie Ford (née Schmoyer), 54 years old, died peacefully at home in Souderton, PA on the morning of September 21, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Val had been battling brain cancer for two years, and is now free of the struggle and in the presence of Jesus.

Val was an incredible and beloved mother. Being a mom was her primary passion in life and she is survived by her children: Jacob and his partner Catie, Bekah, Emma, and Nicole and her husband Ian. Her loving husband of 32 years, Mike, and her daughters were holding her hands as she breathed her final breath. She is also survived by her parents, Dick and Jeanette Schmoyer, her brother Tim and his wife Rachel, and a host of Fords and Schmoyers, all of whom loved her dearly.

Val was a beautiful soul. An introvert—with poise, posture, intelligence, and grace noticed by all—she did not need a large circle of friends. Nonetheless, she influenced and was loved by many. She earned a BS from Juniata College and a MEd from Wilkes University. Throughout her life, she served in college campus ministry, Christian camping, tutoring, nannying, and teaching. Val was a gifted teacher, beginning by homeschooling her children and then teaching at Dock Mennonite Academy and Souderton Area High School. Her primary subject was Biology and her body will continue to teach and serve others, as she donated it to scientific research. Cremation will follow.

A celebration of Val’s life will be held at Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton, PA on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers or cards, Val asked that financial contributions to honor her be given to the Coalition for Christian Outreach, a college ministry that impacted her faith journey during her undergraduate days. Thank you for joining us in remembering and celebrating our beloved daughter, wife, and mother, Val. A special campaign link in her honor has been set up at

portrait of Valerie Ford, 2021
Portrait by Brenda Shelley, August 2021

This website was established as a lasting memorial to her. I would like it to become an archive of her writing, teaching, stories, and artifacts. It will grow over time.

It is built and maintained by her son, Jacob. If you’d like to share something, email me.

1987 Bethlehem Globe-Times newspaper clipping. Headline: Keeping cool at the fair. Photo: Val on folding chair at booth with novelty doormats sipping frim a cup, sunglasses on, legs folded in. Caption: Christmas City Fair visitors found a number of ways to keep cool at the fairgrounds. Equipped with an umbrella and water, Valerie Schmoyer of Allentown was prepared for the hot afternoons. She was selling doormats for her neighbor.
The Bethlehem Globe-Times, 1987
Val around age 20 pointing a camera at the photographer, the camera is obscuring her face
Courtesy Ty Furman
Page 6 (the final page) from “Me And My Shadow,” an autobiography of Valerie Ford written and published May 30, 1980. It reads: What I look forward to most when I am grown up: / When I get out of High School I want to go to college I want to be a veteranarians assistant. I like animtals and I like working with animals. / I want to get married and have a big family. I want to live in the suburbs or country. I like horses and I look forward to owning one. I want to own lots of other animals, too. / [teacher feedback: Good luck!]
Page 6 from Me And My Shadow by Valerie Ford, published May 30, 1980