Valarie “Val” Joyce (Dial) Henneman, a long-time Amarillo, TX resident, passed into the arms of Jesus on April 28, 2021.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.
She was born on February 5, 1933, in Lakeview, TX to Murray and Clytie Dial. She graduated from Farwell High School, class of 1950, as Valedictorian and was voted, “Most Likely to Succeed”. She was involved in many activities including starting forward for the basketball team where she excelled in free throws, even though she was only 5’2; she participated in Interscholastic competitions in shorthand and typing, was in the cast of several plays, and was given a scholarship to a business school.
She married her high school sweetheart, A.C. Henneman on September 3, 1950.
Valarie was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brothers Ronny and Benjy. She is survived by her daughter Vicki Palmer and husband Kent, their twin sons, Blake Palmer and Brent, and wife Erin Palmer; son, Scott Henneman; sister, Gloria Hightower, and husband Tommy; sisters-in-law Laquita Dial and Phyllis Dial; and many nieces and nephews and one great-nephew.
Organization was Val’s middle name, and she was a fastidious housekeeper. She loved people and being a secretary, which was her lifelong career and passion. She began her secretarial career with Hugo Loewenstern Agency and also served as a chapter secretary for the Texas Independent Insurance Agents of the Panhandle with 41 years of dedicated service.
Valarie served as Executive Secretary for over 21 years and twice received the Outstanding Service Award for loyalty and dedicated service to the Panhandle Chapter of Texas Society CPA’s.
Val and her husband A.C. were life members of the Southwest chapter of AMBUC, a non-profit service organization that is dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. Valarie served as chapter Executive Secretary for 33 years and achieved over 40 years of perfect attendance.
Val demanded self-perfection in everything she did. She was an excellent “straw boss’’, overseeing her family’s work and lives, ever encouraging and pushing them to be all they could be. Her inner strength allowed her to fight and beat breast cancer!
Val was an active member of Paramount Baptist Church and went on mission trips both in the U.S., such as the Papago Indian Reservation in AZ, and abroad in Seoul, South Korea.
Valarie’s passion was working, but she also loved to travel, going on cruises, and visiting their time-share properties.
The family requests memorials are sent to the Amarillo Southwest chapter of AMBUCS.