Obituaries detail

Valerie Jean Lewellen

Valerie Jean Lewellen passed away from cancer into the loving arms of Jesus Christ on August 26, 2020. She was born on September 2, 1961, to Sharon and James McNeal in Eldon, Iowa. Sharon remarried in 1970 to Thomas Grant who became Valerie’s father and the family moved to Trenton, MO that same year. She graduated from Trenton High School in 1980. She married Martin Lewellen in 1980 and had her only son, Nathan Arron Lewellan that year as well.  Valerie was married to Martin for 17 years.

Valerie was a founding member of Original Juan’s Specialty foods in 1990 was very instrumental in growing the company to serve over 1800 products to over 20 countries in the world.  Valerie took a lot of pride in bringing happiness to customers in the work she did every day.  In her free time she enjoyed spending it with her mother who was a cancer survivor for over 20 years as well as helping families financially in her local community.


She leaves her dad Thomas Grant, son Nathan Lewellen, her siblings Van McNeal, James Mcneal and Lisa Stratton and her grandchildren Brennah Johnson, Christian and Jacob Lewellen.

Valerie’s body has been cremated and her wish is to be buried with Mom and Dad and funeral services will occur for all 3 when that time comes.


Valerie asked that any memorial donations go to American Cancer Society given in Valerie’s name.



Sheila hall Sep 05 ,2020

Cousin to nathain and his kids ,Jamesport ,Missouri

Keep your head up. Things will get better later. Love u all. I also know how it is to lose a mom and grandparents so if u need to call or text me sometime. With love your cousin sheila