This is a sad day for all of us that knew Miss Valera, but I know in my head that it should be a day of celebration, however my heart is heavy. This is the day that she is in the arms of the one who she has loved and worshiped for so long, Jesus. She was able to be reunited with her friends and loved ones that have been cheering her on as she encouraged, taught, and loved all those around her. If you knew Miss Valera at all, you knew that she was a prayer warrior, you gave her something or someone to pray for and she was on it and would always ask for updates as to how the situation was changing. Her encouragement and prayer have gotten me personally through several tough times and she was always there to celebrate the victory as well. She will be missed by us all. My friend Sheri said to me as we learned of the news, "I am so happy for her." What a difference we as followers Christ have on the perspective of leaving this life on earth behind. Heaven is our real home, and perfection won't be ours until we get there. God made us to spend eternity with Him and although we get a little peek here of His presence, someday we will see Him face to face. Now, that will be life at its best. Congratulations, Miss Valera, you are perfection and you now know the BEST of life!!!!