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Velma (Val) Lenora House

Velma (Val) Lenora House

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Val House who passed away in her home to be with her Lord, surrounded by her loving family.

Val was born to David Dougal and Leta Woodruff Dougal in Boise, Idaho.

Val was married to Rudy Van Cleave and had three adoring children.

In 1960 Val married Louis Chase and had a daughter. Lou and Val traveled to Germany with all the children serving in the US Army. Val loved Europe and all their many adventures.

In 1989 she married Lawrence House and worked side by side with him at House of Hearing and produced many television commercials. Val loved all  their many clients and made them feel very special as she had such a gift of doing for all she met.

Val was a loving, thoughtful Mom and grandma who never forgot a holiday or a birthday and a chance to make her grandchildren feel special. Even as grown adults she still always took the time to send a card and make a special phone call. It has been fun to see the way she took to technology and her love of using multiple emojis in text messages and FaceTime. Her great grandchildren Avery and Beau hope that grandma Val took her Ipad or Iphone to heaven to facetime them with. Val enjoyed facetime with her grandson Chad and great granddaughter Mya, where she was taken on car rides through Seattle and was a virtual tourist around the city.  Her grandkids always enjoyed a visit to her home where they knew they would find a delicious dinner waiting, homemade cookies baked and some type of scrumptious bread. Visiting was like entering a pristine bed and breakfast.

Most of her children and grandchildren would agree that being a product of the bloodline of Val means that you inherit her love for the color black and a good leopard pattern. It is always easy to spot a child of Val wearing her signature color or pattern.

Val was an accomplished artist with many pieces displayed all over the world. She was the chosen artist of St. Luke’s Hospital annual Christmas card on multiple occasions. Val was a talented designer and decorator. Larry was so proud of her total design of their lovely home and mentioned it to all that entered.

Val was preceded in death by her parents, brother David Dougal, sister Connie Hornyak, son Wayne Van Cleave, and daughter Debra Van Cleave (Johnston).

Val is survived by her loving husband Larry House, brother Richard Dougal,  son Rod Van Cleave, daughter Michelle Traenkner, step daughters Mali Murphy (Matt), Angela House Tate (Eric). Grandchildren: Chad Johnston (Stephanie), Summer Van Cleave (Aaron Fowell), Valerie Marino (Cory), Natalie Allen (Ryan), Chase Traenkner (Nikki), Taylor Traenkner, Hayley Van Cleave, Jordan Van Cleave (Ashley), Scott Van Cleave, Maggie Murphy, Max Murphy, Mattie Peine, Oliver Peine. Along with many adored great grandchildren. Val will be sorely missed by many, among them being Gloria Gunderson (loved as daughter) and Elvira Monteferrante (dear friend and confidant)

We will miss our sweet Wife, Mom, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt and loving friend. Until we meet again with God forever and ever.

A viewing will be held, adhering to proper Covid protocols, on Tuesday, January 12, from 6-8 p.m., at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. Please join us at a Graveside Celebration of her life at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, at Dry Creek Cemetery. A livestream of the service will be available at

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