Frances Joan (Sillman) Valentine of Almont, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 28, 2024. She was born April 25, 1933 the daughter of Ethel Mae (Price) and John Sillman in Michigan. Jo, as she liked to be called, wore many hats. She started at a young age with the Fred Bear Archery Co., receiving a recurve bow in 1959 hand made by Fred Bear, becoming State Archery Champion in field and target. Due to her wisdom teeth, she was not able to compete in the Olympics. She enjoyed open cockpit airplanes and adventure. Later she worked for Ford Motor Co but, settled as a school bus driver for Almont Community Schools until retiring after 22 years where she met some of her greatest friends.

She married Dave Monroe (having daughter Cindy) then Robert Van Horn (having daughter Teresa and son Robert “Bobby”) then George H. Valentine until becoming a widow in 1993.

She was a member of the Eagles for the majority of her life and of the Eastern Star doing services within their local Masonic Temple.

She also owned and trained Standardbred race horses who saw the winners circle many times, during which times she was also raising her three children whom she was so proud of and boasted about frequently. She had an amazing vegetable garden, canned her produce, was an avid crocheter, her hands weaving magic in beautiful afghans, runners and pillows, teaching anyone interested. Loved going to the movies with her children, spending time with children and grandchildren, bowling, golfing and golf cart fun. She always had a novel or book or iPad where she played Cribbage, Euchre, Poker, Solitaire, Gin Rummy and Pinochle, having over 1000 songs she enjoyed including Abba and the oldies. She loved playing cards like Hand and Foot. Jo also loved to collect frogs and gnomes, camping in her motorhomes where she saw much of the US and Canada and fishing where she always caught the biggest fish. Her beloved Shih Tzu Rosie gave her companionship for many years. Jo was kind and generous and would give you the shirt off her back if needed. Her smile lit up a room, and her love made you forget your troubles.

She is survived by her children Cindy (Mike) Monroe-Cowell of Columbiaville, Teresa (Chris) Van Horn-Baker of Almont and Bobby (Lisa) Van Horn of Brown City; eight grand children and 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Sandra Sillman and Diane (Sillman) Marchlewski, many loved nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ethel Mae (Price) and Francis John Sillman, husband George H. Valentine and sister Donna Kennedy.

A Celebration of Life will be May 19, 2024, from 1-4 p.m. at Imlay City Eagles. She will be buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Dryden with a private burial.

Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Almont.