In Memory

Anne Hextrum

Anne HextrumAnne Marie Hextrum passed away peacefully on December 14th, 2018 at age 65 in Boise, Idaho surrounded by family members after waging a courageous battle with liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer, since 2003.

Anne was born on March 24th, 1953 in San Francisco to Herman “Chuck” and Barbara Anne Hextrum, and attended St. Dunston’s and Mills High Schools in Millbrae, California before enrolling in Chico State University where she obtained her nursing degree. After college Anne worked in a medical unit as a nurse at Stanford before embarking on a two-year around-the-world trip with her lifelong friend Joan Moran, visiting Western Europe; Africa where she summited Mount Kilimanjaro in sneakers; Australia; and the Philippines. Anne journeyed to Iran during the reign of the Shah of Iran.

In 1983 Anne obtained an oncology position at King Faisal Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she provided nursing care and support for the first bone marrow transplant in the country. There she met Greer Rising and married him in 1985. Anne and Greer had three children within 15 months, Kurt and twins Julie and Scott, forever known as the “Irish triplets.” The family lived in Berkeley and San Diego, California before relocating to Anchorage, Alaska. Anne worked at the Alaska Native Hospital and was a dedicated hockey mom among her other passions. In 2005 Anne moved back to California where she transitioned into the field of nursing administration at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System, where she worked until retiring at 62 years of age. In 2011, Anne obtained a Master’s of Science in Nursing; she was especially proud to wear her cap and gown the same year her twins graduated from college.

Anne was dedicated to her three children and traveled the world with them, visiting Turkey, Peru, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom in just the past five years. In addition to her own children, Anne was known as Mom to many young adults about whom she cared deeply. Anne’s parting wish was for her loved ones to hike the Chilkoot Trail from Alaska to Canada in her memory. Her advice was to laugh, love and treasure relationships, family and friends, and strive to help the community. She also advised her children to talk to strangers and to pick up the occasional hitchhiker!

As an oncology nurse and caregiver to many, Anne was passionate about assisting patients with mental health and addiction issues. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anne’s memory to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which specializes in research and treatment of rare cancers.

Anne is survived by her parents; her three children, Kurt (Kelsey) Rising, Julie and Scott Rising; grandson Dalton Edward Rising; brothers Charlie and Rich Hextrum; sisters Elaine Regalado and Helen and Grace Hextrum; 12 nieces and nephews; and former husband Greer Rising (Eileen); and friends across the globe.

A traditional Catholic Mass will be held at Star of the Valley Church in Santa Rosa, CA at 11:00am followed by a celebration of life in the adjacent hall.

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12/23/18 09:16 AM #2    

Lenore Lucett (Walsh)

Being a newcomer at Mills High School in my Senior year was made a whole lot easier by the kindess of Anne Hextrum. I'll forever be grateful. Reading about her accomplishments as a wife, mother, nurse, etc., is jaw-dropping. Tweeking A. A. Milne's excerpt from Winnie the Pooh, "You are brave beyond belief, stronger than seems possible for one person, smarter, fortunately, so others' lives could benefit. , and loved more than you'll ever know." 

12/23/18 04:13 PM #3    

Betsy Benson (Holquist)

So very sad to hear of Anne's passing. She was one of the kindest classmates that I remember. What a beautiful and full life she lived. Thank you for sharing her incredible life journey.

12/23/18 08:41 PM #4    

Eric Gibbons

Wow. I count Anne as one of the special people in my life. While we didn't talk often since then, we had special times back in the '70's. I hung around with her brother and his friends and could be found there on Marcella way often. I recall teaching her to drive stick in a yellow '66 convertible mustang we'd dropped a 289 into. She asked me to teach her how to do a burnout. Fun times. I am so amazed at the full and giving life she lived. She will always have a special place in my heart. I pray for her family. They are good people.

12/24/18 11:18 AM #5    

Patricia Ryan

So sad to hear of Anne’s passing.  I frankly didn’t know her well in high school, but we had a lovely conversation at our last class reunion. She was incredibly kind, thoughtful and obviously accomplished, although I didn’t appreciate how much so until I read more about her life. Condolences to her family😢, and May she Rest In Peace. 

12/25/18 10:23 AM #6    

David E. Kazanjian

Here's to you Anne - Clearly you made a mark wherever life took you and did not pass this way unnoticed. The places you've been, the lives you've touched, keep you alive in so many hearts. Brava, rest in peace Anne. With luck I'll catch up with you down the road.

12/25/18 11:28 AM #7    

Caren Ramsell (Castelli)

I am so sorry to hear about Anne's passing.  Anne was always so friendly and sweet and easy to talk to.  At the recent reunion she told me that she had moved to Sonoma and we exchanged numbers and were trying to meet up.  She was always such a postive person.  My condolences to her family.

12/26/18 11:08 AM #8    

Kimberly Vergez

I reconnected with Anne a couple of times after high school, including beginning just a few years ago. Anne was a truly remarkable person, an inspiration and gift to me. A Buddhist teacher once told me, you cannot teach people anything. You can only be a good example. Anne was that example, both of how to live and how to transition from this mortal life. Her kindness, love, courage, and acceptance are the examples I am left with in the wake of her departure. If the world were full of Anns, what a lovely place it would be. I am grateful to have known her.

12/26/18 04:18 PM #9    

George Guiver

In seeing her photo, I do remember Anne. What a most wonderful and adventurous life she led. She helped so many on her journey. RIP Anne. Well deserved. My thoughts go to the ones she has left behind. 

12/27/18 09:41 PM #10    

David Wisnia

Anne lived near my parents home & she would always give a friendly hello whenever she passed by or at school between classes. My better half, Susie (Vago), was a college mate of Anne's at Chico & recalls how helpful Anne was with getting onto the nursing program waiting list there. Susie & Anne were friends through our high school days as well. 

The world has lost a women of worth!

May she find peace in whatever awaits us beyond 🙏🏼





12/29/18 01:48 AM #11    

Randy Stroot

God bless, RIP

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