—Valerie M. Siegel—



Valerie L. Siegel, 70, died on July 3, 2014. She was born to Carl and Ruth Rose in Charleston, WV on October 9, 1943. She was preceded in death by her father Carl Rose in 1993; her husband and the greatest love of her life, Harold Aryai Siegel in 1999; her brother, US Navy Commander Kenneth Rose in 2001; her mother Julia Rose in 2001; and her step-daughter PJ Siegel in 2004. She was a loving, generous and inspirational mother to Shelly Siegel and Sean Arthurs; grandmother to Daniel Arthurs and Kylie Don Bullian; and a warm, supportive step-mother to Brandy McNeill, Sandra Stimson, Marc Siegel, Kevin Siegel and Trevor Siegel.

She worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County from 1987 - 1993; was a teacher at the University of Maryland University College; and was the President of the Maryland Women’s Bar Association in 1991. Valerie’s true calling was as a writer, a traveler, and a teacher of life. While living in the San Diego, CA area, she received her second Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling and worked as a Hospice chaplain. She took an interest in everyone she met and became a life coach to many.  With her strength, insight to the needs of others and a deeply connected spirituality, she founded Wisdom Bridge, providing life coach services to those in need. 

Three years ago she moved to Ajijic, Mexico, where she found true happiness, a new love and co-authored two books “Who Rescued Who: Tales of Street Dogs and the People Who Love Them” and the sequel, “Who Rescued Who 2?: MORE Tales of Street Dogs and the People Who Love Them.” Summing up Valerie’s life is impossible. The real legacy that she left behind was her spirit, vitality, love and generosity. She taught us how to live.

Written by Barbara Harkness

(You are invited to join us at Yves’ Restaurant to celebrate Val on her birthday, October 9, beginning at 2 p.m.  Birthday cake will be provided.  You may purchase lunch and beverages from Yves’ menu. Please make a reservation by calling Yves directly at 766-3565 no later than October 5. If you plan to publicly share an anecdote or memory of Val, let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


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