Frances Valjean "Val" Blessing (1939–2023)
Frances Valjean "Val" Blessing, 84, peacefully went to be with her Lord on October 13th 2023. Val was born in Apollo, Pennsylvania in 1939 to H. Robert and Frances Hazlett. She moved with her family to Fairless Hills, PA in 1952 where she attended and graduated from Pennsbury High School. Val was preceded in death by her brother H. James Hazlett. She is lovingly remembered by her siblings; Robert Hazlett Jr., MaryAnn Murray, and Virginia Wiza.
In 1957, she married the late Ronald L. Smith and they settled in Levittown, PA. Ron and Val were founding members of Wesley Mission Chapel where they served together on The Gospelaires worship team. In 1973, Val and Ron built their own home and moved to New Hope, Pa. where Val began driving school buses for the local high school. Ron and Val enjoyed sharing time together with family in their sailboat on Lake Nockamixon. While at home, watching from their deck for birds and wildlife was one of their favorite pastimes. When Ron passed away in 2002 Val spent more of her time visiting with her children and beloved grandchildren.
In 2007, Val met and married the late John M. Blessing and moved to Sherman's Dale, PA. where Val and John were active members of the local VFW. Val loved being outside tending to the property around their rural home. John and Val also enjoyed spending time traveling in their motorhome throughout the United States. When John passed away in 2020, Val moved to NJ to live with her daughter and son-in-law.
Val is lovingly remembered by her children; Randi Herrity and her husband Joseph, Ronald Smith Jr. and his wife Tina, Donald Smith and his wife Bobby,
her grandchildren; Megan Herrity, Joseph Herrity Jr., Brandi Ritchie, Ryan Auerbach and her husband Andrew, Brenna Hayes and her husband Steven, Kayleigh Liggitt, Olivia Smith, Victoria Smith, Donald Smith Jr., and her great-grandchildren; Mia Lupinacci, Evalyn Auerbach, Reagan Auerbach, Ashton Auerbach.
Val will be forever be remembered for her holiday cooking, when she would bake hundreds of delicious "Grammy" Christmas cookies.
More than anything, Val loved giving and receiving hugs. We'll always imagine hearing her say "Give me my hug!" and being wrapped in her arms one more time.
Val's memory will live on in the hearts of all those who loved her and were blessed to be loved by her.
Memorial Service to be held November 4, 2023 at 10am
Wesley Mission Chapel, 101 Saint Clair Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08619
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Alzheimer's Association https://www.alz.org/