Valerie Charlotte (Bowers) Bennett

Valerie Charlotte (Bowers) Bennett, 51, of Decatur, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Valerie was born January 8, 1969, in Long Island, NY to Everett Robert and Joan Frieda (Scheffel) Bowers. She loved antiquing and crafts, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family. She is survived by her three children, Brandee Carver, Bryan (Nikki Rambo) Carver and Skylar Bennett. She is also survived by her mother, Joan (George) Fierthaler, stepmother, Maureen Bowers and fiancé, Mike Stoutenborough.

Valerie will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Alexis, Jamie, and Maliyah Suddarth; Jace Cook; Austin, Jordan, Alyssa, and Aliyah Morlan; Jonah and Owen Lyon and baby boy Carver. In addition, Valerie is also survived by her sister, Lauri (James) Rumph and brother, Robert (Faith) Bowers. Valerie is also survived by her nephews, Michael and Jesse Kruppenbacher and Jayme Rumph. She was preceded in death by her father, Everett, her son, Austin M. “ARay” Ray, and her brother, Everett William (Billy).

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2020, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Graveside services to celebrate the life of Valerie Bennett will be 11 a.m. Monday, September 14, 2020, at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the “ARay 36 Foundation” at P.O. Box 155, Mt. Zion, IL 62549 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The family of Valerie Bennett is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the complete online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Johnson Newspapers 7.1


(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.