Hilary Van Buskirk Straub
RN Ph.D.

Hilary Gail Straub RN PHD Hilary Gail Straub RN PHD died Apr 16, 2008 at home after an eight year struggle with lymphoma. She was the last surviving child of Arthur and Edith Van Buskirk. Hilary was born to an Air Force family in Selma, Ala. April 11, 1947. She is survived by her husband of 40 years Robert Straub. Her life of 61 years was devoted to helping others as a nurse and as a volunteer. She began nursing as a "Candy Striper" in high school in Ankara Turkey and finished by teaching nursing at BSU for 22 years where a memorial scholarship has been created. Contributions can be sent to BSU Foundation at 2225 University Ave. Boise ID 83706. She also joined "helping" organizations including Mountain Search and Rescue, Amer. Red Cross, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. A private celebration of her life is being held on June 14. In addition her favorite colors were purple and turquoise, she loved quilts, she collected dragonfly jewelry and polar bear art, she liked yellow flowers, she had unlimited patience, and she was there for her friends regardless of the situation. Hilary's joy, love and empathy will be missed by many people.

Published in the Idaho Statesman from 6/7/2008 - 6/8/2008

April 16, 2008
1965 Hilary Van Buskirk (Straub)

[April 16, 2008]

We received news of Hilary's death from her best friend, Barb Scott. She was with Hilary on Turkey Tour 2006.

Aphrodisias, 2006

"Hilary will be cremated and her ashes scattered at the ocean here in Florida, a river they loved to go to together, and some on their home property. Bob requests no flowers, but anyone who wishes can contribute to the scholarship fund established in Hilary's name." Boise State University Foundation, Hilary Straub Memorial Nursing Scholarship, 2225 University Drive, Boise, ID 83706.

"We were surprised and saddened to hear of Hilary's death. Knew she had some health problems but had hoped they weren't that serious. It is still somewhat difficult to come to grips with the generation of our parents' deaths, much less our contemporaries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Bob and her good friend Barb. We were glad to get the opportunity to know her on our Turkey trip." Bob & Leslie Fletcher

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