Deborah Shubin 8/14/1956 to 8/18/2009
On April 16, 2009, my Mother Deborah Shubin was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, at the age of 52.
After 3 months of agonizing stomach pains and a handful of misdiagnoses we finally knew. At the time of diagnoses we had no idea this would be a death sentence.
After seeing a doctor who gave us little hope I took my Mother to have a second opinion. Sadly, he gave us less hope then the 1st doctor. In a matter of a week from the diagnoses the cancer had spread to the liver and we were told that surgery wasn’t an option. They started intervence and oral chemo right away but she only lasted on it a little over a month and was to ill to continue to take it. She ended up in the hospital in early July. Less then 3 months after diagnoses we were told that there was nothing more the doctors could do but make her comfortable. She left the hospital in late July on hospice.
On August 18, 2009 only 4 months and 2 days after diagnoses, and only 4 days after her 53rd birthday she passed away. This cancer is an agressive, evil silent killer that needs to be stopped. We need early detection methods, more effective treatment options and more national and community awareness. Pancreatic cancer research needs to be a priority. Let find a cure!
Written by Deborah’s daughter, Crystal Buss
Stella Ward 6/30/27 to 7/24/96
Stella was born June 30, 1927, Bridgeport, Nebraska, the daughter of Leigh and Nellie Ireland. She moved to Idaho with her parents and sister in 1944. She graduated from Middleton High School in 1945. On October 12, 1947, she married the love of her life, Earle Ward in Middleton. They made their first home in Garden Valley. They also lived in Grangeville, Headquarters, and Ketchum, Idaho while following Earle to various construction and logging jobs. In 1970 Earle and Stella opened a business, Warm Springs Greenhouse, in Garden Valley. She loved working side by side with her family and friends, building a successful business.
Stella was a 4-H leader in Garden Valley for 15 years, leading her 6 children and other youth in cooking and sewing projects. She was past president of the Garden Valley Syringa Club.
Stella enjoyed flowers of all kinds. She was an excellent seamstress, making most of her young children’s clothes. She followed her mother’s act of love, making quilts for her family. Stella was a loving wife, mother, sister and daughter. The family was always her priority in life. She will be remembered by all whose lives she touched.
Nellie Ireland 7/5/1903 to 8/31/1975
Nellie (Mitchell) Irelad was born July 5, 1903 in Wheatland, Missouri and was rised and educated in Bridgeport Nebraska. She was married to Leigh Ireland and they moved to Middleton Idaho in 1944.
She was a member of the First Baptish Church of Middleton, Pansy Rebekan Lodge No. 37, Middleton Grange No. 6 and Canyon Pomona Grange No. 4.
She lived only a few months after she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.
Written by Catherine Hall