Constance E Sullivan Valle, died Aug. 1, 2007 after battling inflammatory breast cancer since Jan. 2005. She was 67.
The Memorial Mass will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Carmelo Mifsud officiating. Inurnment service will follow at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
She was born in Buffalo, NY, Jan 27, 1940, and raised in western New York (Dunkirk) where both her dad and grandfather practiced law. She migrated West to Oregon in 1979 and settled in Eugene, where she worked for 10 years for Champion International and George Pacific in office administration.
Miss Sullivan graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in
May of 1992 at age 52, just 30 years after receiving her undergraduate
degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she
majored in history and minored in piano. While in law school she
served as Executive Editor of the Oregon Law Review.
1992 until 1998, Ms. Sullivan worked with the law firm of Jaqua &
Wheatley in Eugene as an associate, handling business, estate planning,
and domestic relations cases. She was active in the Lane County Bar
Association, chairing the Family Law Committee and co-chairing the New
Lawyers Section. She worked for McCool & Palmer from 1998 until
moving to Southern Oregon in 2000. She opened her own law practice in
Medford in Nov. 2000, where she handled estate planning, probate, elder
and senor law issues, as well as family law cases. She closed her
practice on Nov. 2005, because of health related issues.
Sullivan loved the practice of law and especially working with her
clients and being able to make a positive difference in their lives
when possible. She also loved legal research and writing briefs and
memorandums of law.
She was active in her community, and was
a founding member of the first Parks and Recreation Commission for the
city of Eagle Point established in 2001. She served as chair of that
commission in 2004-2005.
Ms. Sullivan enjoyed playing the
piano, playing golf, cooking, painting with watercolor and pastels, and
doing craft and home decorating projects.
Ms. Sullivan was a
woman of faith and she and her husband, Herb Vallee, Jr. were members
of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Shady Cove. On this earth her
family and friends meant everything to her and she loved spending time
with them doing activities or just visiting and being together. She
was a loved, trusted, and respected wife, mother, grandmother, friend
Ms. Sullivan is survived by her beloved
husband, Herbert R. Vallee, Jr., her beloved daughter and son-in-law,
Johanna and Wayne Malen, her cherished granddaughter, Rose Malen, and
four much-loved step-grandchildren: Shawn, Harrison, Casey, and Chelsea
Malen. She is also survived by her loving brother and sister, Robert
J. Sullivan, Jr., and Mary Blackham, her brother-in-law Gary R.
Blackham, and two nieces, Karen Goodwin and Andrea Brunsvold and their
Arrangements by Conger-Morris of Medford.