Valarie Elizabeth Canfil died at her home in Pine Cove on March 1, 1999, following a brief illness. Family, friends and Hemet Hospice were at her side. Valarie was born Aug. 26, 1918, on a farm outside Chicago, Ill. She came to California in 1947 and settled in the San Diego area where she was active in the Rock 'n Ride Equestrian Drill Team which performed in parades and at fairs. Their trainer was the famous Western painter "Weighorst." She also enjoyed bowling and square dancing.

Mrs. Canfil worked for 21 years for Bank of America in various capacities developing her expertise in home loans and escrow actions. After retiring from BofA, she and husband Art moved to Pine Cove and became full-time residents in the mid-70s, building a home on Deerpath Road. She then opened an escrow office here on the Hill.

She was an artist in her own right with a particular fondness for Native American and wildlife themes. In 1985, she and Art, along with Nancy Appell, founded the ARF Fund (Animal Rescue Fund of Idyllwild) and raised money for spaying and neutering, as well as for rescuing abandoned animals.

Mrs. Canfil is survived by her husband Arthur Canfil, son Michael Robbins and brother Bill Keller of Northern California.

In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations be made to the ARF Fund, P.O. Box 1965, Idyllwild, CA 92549; to the Ramona Animal Haven, 690 Humane Way, Hemet, CA 92582; or to Living Free, P.O. Box 5, Mountain Center, CA 92561.

A memorial will be held on Tuesday, March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Silver Pines Lodge. Friends are urged to come and share their memories of Valarie. Burial will be private.

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