2013-03-11 - Arzella Valentine has self-published her second book, "Return to Mt. Olive." In it are poems and short stories about her upbringing in rural Arkansas. This is her second book and sequel to "Growing Up In Mt. Olive," Which was self-published in 2002. Treasured memories are shared for your reading pleasure. ENJOY THE JOURNEY!
Books are currently available at Woods-Valentine Mortuary.
2013-03-11 - Please join us on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm as Arzella J. Valentine discusses and signs her book, "Return to Mt. Olive". This signing will take place at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA www.vromansbookstore.com. Arzella will be featured at the Local Author Day! Come and listen to her discuss a time worth remembering.
2012-12-15 - Jimmy and Annie Mae Woods opened the doors of James Woods Funeral Parlor, December 15, 1928 in Pasadena, California. Please see "Our Heritage" page. Today, 84 years later the Woods-Valentine Mortuary is still a Black owned, 3rd generation family business in the San Gabriel Valley. Some 4 years after Fred and Arzella Valentine purchased the business from Uncle Jimmy's widow Annie Mae, the mortuary was re-named, Woods-Valentine Mortuary in 1958. Though the sacrifice has been great for the many families served over the years, the motto, "Our Aim is to be worthy of your confidence" continues to resonate to each family served throughout the 84 years. The third generation of the Woods-Valentine business, Janyce Valentine and Gail Valentine Taylor along with their parents continue to comfort, love, protect and respect all people who have come through the doors and put their trust in them. Thank you to the late James and Annie Mae Woods for their insight to the needs of the community in 1928 and to Fred, Arzella, Janyce and Gail for being the treasure you are today to all those you continue to serve. May God richly Bless you and the staff for many, many more years of service.
2012-10-04 - We are delighted to announce that on September 27, 2012, Gail Valentine Taylor, Assistant Vice President of Woods-Valentine Mortuary was installed as the President of the Los Angeles County Funeral Directors Association (LACFDA). We are so proud of her and wish her a great and successful year. Please check out the page titled "Whats New" under the "About Us" tab for pictures of the event.