Obituary: Valerie Ault Romero

Beloved grandmother, life member of Assistance League, tireless volunteer

Valerie Ault Romero died January 8 at age 84, with family at her side and her grandchildren singing to her.

Val was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1935, and moved to California as a toddler with her parents LaVerta and Robert Ault, and her siblings, retired sheriff Robert Ault (deceased), Susie Weekly, Chris Ault and Patrick Ault (deceased).

She attended college in Santa Barbara, where she was active in student council and was president of the Starlighters.

She and her beloved husband Dick Romero were active in the Inland Empire business community as well as dedicated philanthropists.

She was a life member of the Assistance League of Pomona Valley, and served on its board for 25 years. She faithfully served as president three times, treasurer for both the organization and its events, membership chairman, as well as chairing numerous fundraisers. She was honored as Assistance League’s National Volunteer of the Year in 2004.

She was also involved with National Charity League, the San Antonio Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Santa Claus Inc., and San Bernardino Kiwaniannes.

“She was a gracious lady devoted to family and philanthropy,” her family shared. “Val was unconditionally committed to being a wife, mom, ‘geegee,’ sister, and friend. Her loyalty to the ones she loved was undeniable.”

She was a strong, loving, and dedicated mother to Valerie Romero, Richard J. Romero and Christina Romero Sego; mother-in-law to Laura Romero and Michael Sego; and the devoted “geegee” to grandchildren Jillian, Raquel, Jessica, James, Cole, Victoria, Ethan, Connor, Cade and Talan. The grandchildren cherished her time with them as a frequent babysitter and an adoring spectator at their school, singing and sporting events.

She was laid to rest in a private service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Assistance League of Pomona Valley

at, or by check to 655 N. Palomares St., Pomona, CA 91767.


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