Valerie L. Siegel,
Three-year lakeside resident Valerie L. Siegel, 70, died in the United States on July 3 following a serious illness.
Living in Ajijic, Siegel found true happiness and a new love and inspiration when she adopted her dog and constant companion, Winston. Here she co-authored two books, “Who Rescued Who: Tales of Street Dogs and the People Who Love Them” and the sequel “Who Rescued Who Two: More Tales of Street Dogs and the People Who Love Them.”
Siegel was born on October 9, 1943. She worked as an assistant state attorney in Prince George’s County, Maryland from 1987 to 1993, taught at University of Maryland University College and was the president of the Maryland Women’s Bar Association in 1991.
Her true calling was as a writer, traveler and teacher of life. While living in San Diego, California, she received a second master’s degree in pastoral counseling and then worked as a hospice chaplain. With her strength, insight to the needs of others and a deeply connected spirituality, she founded Wisdom Bridge, to provide life coaching services to those in need.
She was preceded in death by her her husband, the greatest love of her life, Harold Aryai Siegel, in 1999; her brother, U.S. Navy Commander Kenneth Rose, in 2001; and her step-daughter, P.J. Siegel, in 2004.
Siegel is survived by her children, Shelly Siegel and Sean Arthurs; grandchildren Daniel Arthurs and Kylie DonBullian; and step-children Brandy McNeill, Sandra Stimson, Marc Siegel, Kevin Siegel and Trevor Siegel.
Siegel’s lakeside friends are invited to celebrate her birthday and her legacy of vitality, love, and generosity on Thursday, October 9, 2 p.m. at Yves Restaurant.