Kendra Sue Valdez

Kendra Sue Valdez, 39, of Seaside, Ore., formerly of Medford, Ore., passed away on Wednesday June 18, 2008 in Warrenton, Ore. Kendra was born on January 21, 1969 in Medford to parents Junior E. Baker and Guadalupe Baty.

Kendra attended schools in Medford, including Wilson Elementary and later went to Clatsop Community College to study Art. She worked as the assistant manager at Seafresh Flowers in Warrenton and at the movie theater in Seaside as a custodian. Family members say that she enjoyed going to the movies with her daughter, Whitne, painting, arranging flowers and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Whitne Holmes of Seaside, Ore.; mother and stepfather, Guadalupe and Art Baty of Medford; father and stepmother, Junior and Wanda Baker of Banning, Calif.; sister and partner, Lorrie Baker and Tracie Olsen of Medford; brothers, John Baker of Portland, Ore., and Darrell Baker of Spokane, Wash.; best friends, Jonathan Carter and Edie Simmons, both of Warrenton, Ore., and Denise Spears of Medford. Kendra was preceded in death by one brother, Dale Baker.

Services will be held in Medford at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Whitne Holmes for her college fund at any U.S. Bank branch. Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives is in charge of arrangements.