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Shirley V. Mix It's been a roller coaster ride, all right, full of ups and downs. My highs have been galactical, the lows bleak; I have crashed through more glass (and marble) ceilings than most women of my generation, survived the crashes and believe I have helped some women after me. An Idahoan since I was two, I claim Idaho native status. Most of my years were spent right here in Boise. I was graduated from Boise High School, as Shirley M. Smith, in 1953, then attended Boise Jr. College (now Boise State ) and went on to San Jose State in California. I came back to Boise and married Bob Van Buskirk . I continued my education at Boise Jr. College, then, later, the University of Idaho. Bob and I had three beautiful daughters: Sheri, Tracy and Michelle . Sheri is married to Todd Scott and they have three children, Casey , who is married to Stephanie; Shannon , who is married to Josh Patterson , and Taylor , who recently was graduated from Missoula High School . All of the above live at Missoula, Mont. Tracy Reece , our middle daughter, is unmarried and lives at Glenns Ferry. Michelle and Mike Schierman have three sons, Chad , Cody and Cole , and live at Wasilla , Alaska . Chad is a graduate of the University of Idaho and Cody attends Mesa State College in Grand Junction , Colo., Cole is in high school at Wasilla. While the girls were small, I was a stay-at-home mom. But that changed for me when Bob and I divorced in 1965. A journalism major and art minor, my first real full-time job was as a reporter/editor for the Idaho Statesman Newspaper and I was there through both of its first sales: to Federated Publications, then to Gannett . I also was a stringer for Sports Illustrated. I left the Statesman to marry Gub Mix of Moscow . We lived at Moscow one year, then moved to Hawaii , where I became publications editor for the Hawaii Employers Council for two years. Gub had an opportunity back home, which made my older two daughters happy, but Michelle and I left Hawaii kicking and dragging our feet. Back at Moscow , I became a staff writer for the Lewiston Morning Tribune and a contributor to several regional publications. Then, with many state and national writing awards under my belt and some notoriety as a Republican activist , I began a business of my own: Ad 1 Advertising and Public Relations. It was that step which pivoted me into the main occupation of my life: lobbying. It combined all my talents, abilities, personality traits and life experiences up to that point - which was almost mid-life. While still at Ad One, I became a free-lance lobbyist for several clients. Then the opportunity to fill that role fulltime at First Security Bank of Idaho, emerged at the same time my marriage was dissolving. I moved back to Boise and was with the bank six years. My positions after that, until retirement, included similar responsibilities - lobbying, issue papers, publications and managerial duties for the Boise Area Chamber of Commerce, Association of Idaho Cities and the state Division of Environmental Quality, from which I retired. My political activities included being a precinct committeeman at Boise and Moscow ; national committeewoman for the Idaho Young Republicans and chairman for the Idaho Republican convention at its first convention at Moscow . I managed several campaigns for candidates, including county, legislative and gubernatorial, and did the promotional materials for many others. Throughout my career, the accomplishment of which I am proudest is the growth of the young women whom I mentored. They know who they are and will feel my presence and love from the other side. In retirement, I published a novel, did some free lance writing, then traveled and worked with my significant other, Lowell Hocking, at RV resorts throughout the northwest for three years until we found out I had cancer while managing a resort in northern California. We returned to Boise immediately for treatment. I've been fortunate to have exciting, educational, prominent jobs and opportunities to know and work with extraordinary, intelligent people. My friends are many - I'm luckiest of all in that aspect of my life. Those friends have been clamoring to write my obit. Heaven knows they could. My life has been an open book and any one of them could write my entire biography. But I'm a professional writer and the subject of this obit, so who would be better qualified to write it than I? And who would have been more complimentary to me? There were times I flew too close to the ground and undoubtedly behaved self-importantly. I don't like to admit it, but there probably are enemies out there! I apologize to anyone I have hurt along this road of life and I send my heartfelt thanks to all those who have offered their friendship. I'd like a few more years to see them again, know them better and to experience their love on this planet. But, after two and a half years since my cancer diagnosis, I am prepared to make my transition. My thanks to the St. Alphonsus Cancer Center, Doctors Karl Schultheiss, Geraldo Perez and David Balance , and their staffs, and Four Rivers Hospice, all of whom gave me patient, tender, comfortable care. My loving partner, Lowell , has been the best caregiver in the world, closely followed by my brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Sue Smith . My everlasting thanks to them and to my compassionate friends who took turns babysitting me during these final months. I also am grateful to all those friends who called, visited and filled my home with love and laughs and flowers. There will be no funeral or memorial service. Instead, my life will be celebrated by a gathering at the home of Vicki Patterson, 4711 Hillcrest Drive, on July 10 beginning at 5:00.pm. All my friends are invited. Contributions in my name may be made to the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands, 5657 Warm Springs Ave. 83716. I hope some of you may be interested in reading my novel, because it carries messages I want to leave behind. It's title is My Quest, My Soul, and it's written under my pen name, which also is my grandmother's name: Hannah Jordan Kennelly. It may be ordered through any major book store and a few will be available at my celebration. For easy ordering, use the ISBN # 0-595-19074-X. Look and listen for me on ski slopes, white water and lakes and pools, and, perhaps, in your gardens. I'll be looking for you. If I can communicate from the other side, I will!
Published in the Idaho Statesman from 6/27/2007 - 6/28/2007.