Dale and Maalin (Molly) Valley met as students at Peninsula High School, after Molly transferred from Puyallup in her sophomore year. Dale was a senior who grew up near the Kitsap County line.
Dale learned drywall finishing and painting from his dad, and made it his future work. He passed the knowledge down to his sons, who made careers in that same business and as auto mechanics.
The Valleys had seven children in eight years. Their family includes 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and some step-great grandchildren. “All of our kids went to Peninsula. Some of our grandkids, and now two great-granddaughters attend there,” Molly said.
Dale and Molly have lived on the Key Peninsula for 29 years. “This was forest when we came,” she said gesturing at the large gardens they’ve added over the years. They planted fruit trees, flowering plants and grew most of their own fruit and vegetables.
Molly is famous among friends and family for her homemade bread. When she started her first Facebook page, she signed in as Maalin, but since everyone, including her offspring, know her best as Molly. She added a photo of her freshly baked buns just to make sure they knew it was her.