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Valley Home News 6-1-22
Winnie Mullins

We start this week’s column with a huge “Thank You” to our Heavenly Father: 38 years ago this week, May 24, 1984, God spared the life of a beautiful, kind and caring Valley Home girl. Kathy Steele was just 18 years old when she was involved in a terrible vehicle accident. The accident that nearly cost Kathy her life happened on South Henry Road near River Road. Pam Dalman was the first person on the scene and provided first aid to the victims until help arrived. Escalon Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene and used the Jaws of Life to extricate Kathy, who was trapped for almost an hour in the wreckage. CHP Officer Don Perry also arrived on scene very quickly. Kathy had a very long recovery but was always thankful to God for his mercy; her will to live and her thankfulness to God gave her strength to get through a very long recovery period. Today, with her husband Phillip, her children and grandchildren always close by, Kathy Steele Shepherd enjoys every day to the fullest! She is very much loved and highly respected here in Valley Home. She is well known for her caring spirit and her tremendous love for her family, friends and neighbors. Kathy is always the first to support community events. She is always there for those who need her. Valley Home is blessed to have this amazing woman here with us!


This week we send Congratulations to our 2022 graduates. May God bless each of you and give you a future filled with much success and great happiness!


We end this week’s column with wonderful exciting news. The Oakdale Enrichment Society invites everyone to come out and enjoy “Oakdale’s All American Bash Concert 2022”! This exciting event will be held on Saturday, June 25 at the Oakdale Rodeo Grounds. The amazing lineup will feature plenty of musical entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show. Fireworks sponsored by Ross F. Carrol Inc. and Roland Construction Inc. will light up the night sky following the Concert Bash. General Admission is $25 and tickets at the door will be $35. You may purchase tickets online at

What an exciting night for all of us. I hope to see you all there!


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

Until next time, “Happy Trails to All!”