‘A huge loss for the wildlife community': Mississippi animal nonprofit founder dies

By , Daily Memphian Updated: April 26, 2023 12:58 PM CT | Published: April 25, 2023 3:53 PM CT

Valery Smith, founder of the Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation for injured and orphaned birds, has died after battling pancreatic cancer.


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Beth Sullivan

Beth Sullivan

Beth Sullivan covers North Mississippi for The Daily Memphian. Previously, she worked at The Austin Chronicle as an assistant editor and columnist.

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