The Edmond Sun

February 6, 2014

Valerie Darlene Teh


EDMOND — Valerie Darlene Teh, 61, of Edmond, Okla. passed away Friday, January 31, 2014 in Edmond.  She was born October 22, 1952 in Berea, Ky., to James and Barbara Barrett.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she is preceded in death by her father James Barrett Jr.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Berea College, MA and Rank 1 from Eastern Kentucky University. A very dedicated school teacher, she taught for more than 36 years. She received the Oklahoma City Excellent Educator award in 2006 and was Teacher of the Year several times at Linwood Elementary. She was a reading specialist and second grade teacher that emphasized reading for learning. Each year her students read over 30,000 books.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Dr. Thian Hor Teh; daughters Telena Teh Hawkins and Jelena Teh; son-in-law Houston H. Hawkins III; grandchildren Nova and Rhye Hawkins; her mother Barbara Barrett and her brother and sister-in-law Mike and Joyce Barrett.

A memorial service to celebrate Valerie’s life was 6 p.m. Friday, February  7, at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly, Edmond. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to Linwood Elementary PTA, 3416 NW 17th, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 in honor of Valerie Darlene Teh.