Valerie Hinkley

Valerie O. Hinkley

Wednesday, June 15th, 1932 - Friday, January 24th, 2020
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Valerie O. Hinkley died peacefully at her home in Poughkeepsie on January 24, 2020. Valerie was born in Arlington, VT on June 15, 1932, the youngest of John and Ilsa Ouhl’s five children. Her two brothers, Howard and Calvin, and two sisters, Muriel and Ellen, all predeceased her.

Valerie was also predeceased by her beloved husband of 47 years, David R. Hinkley of Poughkeepsie, who she married on July 18, 1951. She is survived by her son David M. Hinkley of Hoboken, NJ, her son Patrick J. Hinkley and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Hinkley of Poughkeepsie, granddaughter Jean Hinkley of Poughkeepsie, and several nieces and nephews.

Valerie attended the University of Vermont in Burlington and was employed by the Dutchess County Mental Health Department for more than twenty years.

Her wide variety of interests included voracious reading, book club memberships, supporting animal rights, caring for her much-loved dogs, and gardening. She was a past President of the Junior League of Poughkeepsie, and member of the Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, the Dutchess Golf Club, and the Winnisook Club of Oliverea, NY. Valerie was active in many service organizations including the Vassar Brothers Hospital Auxiliary and the Community Children’s Theater of Dutchess County.

Respecting Valerie’s wishes a private committal service will be held at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery at the family’s convenience. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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Dear Jean, Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Sending thoughts of comfort to you all.
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Steven Z Goran

Posted at 03:11pm
Pat I'm Very Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother!

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Bill and Ann Santos

Posted at 02:09pm
I knew Val through her endless hours of volunteer work at Nearly New. She and her beloved dogs were so much fun. Bill and I are thinking of her family and her dear friends.

Julian Blasi

Posted at 09:18am
I am sending my deepest condolences to all of the Hinkley's to acknowledge the passing of Valerie, a very good woman.
Most Sincerely,
Julian Blasi

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