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Valley Home News 4-26-23
Winnie Mullins

Such excitement, all the way from Valley Home to the great state of Texas! We are so happy to announce the wedding of former Valley Home resident Tayler Denman. After living in Valley Home for many years, several years ago Tayler and her family moved to Texas. The Denman family was always a very busy family. Tayler, brother Bubba, mom Debbee and dad Russell Denman were very involved with almost all events in our Valley Home community! The entire family was involved in Valley Home 4-H with Bubba also being involved with Oakdale High School FFA.

Our bride to be, Tayler, started kindergarten at Valley Home School where she met her friend for life, Jenna. So many happy memories from those days … school events, community events, Stanislaus County Fair days; growing up in Valley Home is truly a special way of life. I am sure many of you reading this understand what a blessing it is to grow up in Valley Home. Not much has changed here … a few things, but not much!

It was during her middle school years that Tayler and her family moved to Texas.

After moving, Tayler graduated from Bells High School. After graduating from high school, she went to Texas A&M where she graduated with her BS; from there Tayler went on to graduate school at University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

After moving back to Texas, Tayler would meet the man of her dreams, the man she will soon marry, and his name is Taylor! Only the difference in spelling sets the two names apart. The two will be married on Saturday, May 27 at the Landon Winery in Denison, Texas. Tayler’s Maid of Honor will be her kindergarten friend for life, Jenna.

Tayler will become the beautiful bride of Mr. Taylor Rice in just a few short weeks. Tayler’s soon to be husband, Taylor, is a mechanical engineer and is from Alabama. Our bride, Tayler, is currently the County Extension Agent for nine counties in Oklahoma.

After a honeymoon in West Virginia, the happy couple will reside in Leonard, Texas.

Tayler and Taylor, we love you both so much; we wish you many beautiful blessings and a lifetime of happiness together!


In other Valley Home News, we would like to send our best wishes to former Valley Home resident and another beautiful bride, Sierra Bryhni. This Saturday, Sierra will wed Mr. Michael Brazil of Escalon. May God bless the new Mr. and Mrs. Brazil with great happiness and wonderful blessings!


Please note, our Valley Home Parent Teacher Club needs volunteers for upcoming events. Please call the school at 209-847-0117 or get in touch with Kendall Barton if you are able to volunteer. Help is needed for ice cream parties for kindergarten through sixth grade classes on May 1. Help is needed for the sixth grade Crafts Party for being the “Most Spirited Class” on May 8. Volunteers are needed for the library clean-up day, deep clean and organize, on May 13. Again on May 23, help is needed with setting up for eighth grade graduation and volunteers are also needed for last day of school festivities on May 25. Your support is very much appreciated.


Please remember our Valley Home Spring Clean Up Day is this Saturday, April 29 from 8am to 4pm on the Valley Home School Pioneer Campus. Thank you to Supervisor Buck Condit for sponsoring this important event for Valley Home! Please call Jessica Caudle at 925-998-7850 with any questions.


We end this week’s column with very sad news. We are heartbroken to report the passing of an amazing young man, Rudi Burtschi, Jr.

Rudi had a heart of gold; he deeply loved his family and his friends. Rudi was born on November 12, 1989; he passed from this life on April 8, 2023. A Celebration of Life will be held on May 6 at 12:30pm at the Oakdale Rodeo Grounds. Rest in Heavenly Peace, Rudi.


As always you may reach me by email at or by telephone at 209-985-5233.

May God Bless each of you!