“Jymme had a great sense of humor, loved to sing while she worked, and was there to help others when needed.”
That is how Gwen Robison, assistant director of Elkhart Public Library, remembers Jemima “Jymme” Valdez, who passed away June 9, 2017.
From May 2002 to January 2014, Jymme worked as a custodian at the library, where she was loved and will be missed.
“She took life in stride, and enjoyed every minute of it,” Robison said. “Her memorial plaque is located on the southwest side of the (downtown library) building, above a beautiful flowering hydrangea.”
Library staff took up a collection for the plaque and flowers, and the dedication will take place at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. Jymme’s family is inviting the community to celebrate, and those who knew Jymme will be encouraged to say a few words.
“Jymme was famous for losing her keys by accidentally flushing them,” Robison said, “or even throwing them away, causing a calamity while we dug through the trash.”
Robison has been collecting staff tributes to share with Jymme’s family.
“Jymme was a genuine person,” one staff member wrote. “She didn’t put on airs – she was friendly to everyone. She was quick with a smile, and what a beautiful smile it was. …
“She shared many stories about her children and grandchildren,” the staff member continued. “They were all so special to her – you could hear the love in her voice and see it in her face. She was kindhearted and had a great sense of humor.”