History & Staff
At Valley Memorial Park, we provide personalized service options that allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
Established in 1958 on the site of the Carothers family farm, Valley Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Home encompasses 40 acres, of which 15 acres are developed area, and a spectacular 6-acre horseshoe-shaped lake. We are proud to be recognized as the first Green Burial Cemetery in Oregon certified by the Green Burial Council. With 14 gardens including traditional burial spaces, cremation gardens, lawn crypts, mausoleum crypts, cremation niches, and lakefront estates, Valley has the perfect option for your family’s wishes.
One of the most interesting and most asked about features of our Park are our Memorial Columns – a natural Basalt column set at lakeside on the peninsula. This location is the ideal setting to memorialize those whose remains have been scattered on our lake or for families that have scattered loved ones elsewhere.
Valley was specifically designed to provide practical and meaningful memorial services. We offer a full range of services from traditional funerals to simple direct cremation, including preparation for Green Burial and scattering of ashes in our lake with lakeside memorial services.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Valley Memorial Park, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Location Leader/Funeral Director
As a native Oregonian now calling Southeast Portland home, my passions include family, the outdoors, tending to gardens, live music, and the arts. Through involvement in community outreach and program creation, I've fostered connections throughout Portland, both professional and personal. Attending Mt. Hood Community College, I studied art and earned a degree in Mortuary Science. I've been working in the funeral industry for the last six years.
My ultimate goal is to support members of my community through this difficult process and make things as seamless as possible.
John Gruber is an administrative assistant with Valley Memorial Park, Hillsboro, Oregon. He works behind the scenes to verify and record the significant data for our families.
John understands the importance of these duties since he has previously served as a Family Service Advisor assisting families both for pre arrangements and at the time of need for a family.
John earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
Family Service Advisor
Miranda Severns, Family Service Advisor, started with Valley Memorial Park in 2018. She is a Pacific Northwest native from Tacoma Washington with family roots in Pendleton, Oregon. She brings with her several years of national service and experience with AmeriCorps, where she discovered her passion for serving others and strengthening communities.
Her interest in end of life planning began after she became her grandfathers caregiver during his final months on hospice care in early 2017. Since then, she has worked in the Funeral and Cemetery industry helping families navigate the difficult journey of end of life planning and arrangements. In her free time she enjoys checking out record stores, spinning vinyl, painting, and spending time with family.
Jose has been at Valley Memorial Park since September of 1995. He is committed to serving our families and treats the Park as if it were his own backyard. We are constantly getting compliments from our client families on the excellent condition of the Park.
When he’s not working Jose enjoys walking and cheering on his favorite professional soccer team from Mexico, the Pumas!
Jose is married and has 3 children.
Chris was born in Portland, and has lived in Milwaukie, Oregon for most of his life. Single with no children, he enjoys varied interests when not serving our families, which he believes is the most important part of what he does here at Wilhelm’s.