Sheri Lyn Hirai
BOISE • Sheri Hirai, 40, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012, from leukemia, at her home in Boise, Idaho, surrounded by family and friends.
Sheri was born May 6, 1971, in Rupert, Idaho, to Jerry and Melba Hirai. She grew up on a farm in Jerome County and was involved in many activities, including softball, 4-H, dance and bowling. Sheri graduated from Jerome High School in 1989 and went on to attend the College of Southern Idaho. She earned her associate degree in science nursing and began working at Twin Falls Clinic and Hospital after becoming a registered nurse. She then attended Boise State University, earning her Bachelor of Science in nursing in May 1999. During that time, she worked with a wonderful group of people at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. She then aspired to become a nurse anesthetist and was accepted into the CRNA program at Southwest Missouri State University in 2000. She moved to Springfield, Mo., and was dedicated to the program for 30 months. Her hard work paid off when she graduated with her Master of Science in nurse anesthesia in May 2003. Sheri moved back to Boise in August 2003 and started her career as a CRNA with Boise Anesthesia (BAPA). She treasured her work in anesthesia and sought to make a difference with every patient in her care. Her spirit for life and ever-present smile was infectious, and she always attracted that same positive energy. She was determined to show strength, pride and courage in her battle with leukemia and was a constant inspiration to her friends, family and even acquaintances. During her last days, Sheri loved to be surrounded by the carefree play of her nieces, Meghan and Payton.
Sheri and her family wish to thank the Mayo Clinic staff in Phoenix, Ariz., MSTI Boise staff and St. Luke’s Hospice. We also received a tremendous outpouring of prayers and support from the overwhelming number of lives Sheri touched. The constant sentiment was that it was truly a blessing to have known this amazing woman!
Sheri is survived by her mother, Melba Hirai of Boise; sister, Geri Hirai of Boise; sister, Toshia Hirai Lawless and brother-in-law, Roger Lawless of Boise; nieces, Payton and Meghan Lawless; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Hirai; and daughter, Elizabeth Hirai.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3100 S. Five Mile in Boise, and at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1301 N. Davis St, in Jerome.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Demaray-Robertson Funeral Chapel in Jerome, Idaho. Memorial contributions can be made to any Wells Fargo branch to EP Services, LLC, Memorial Account FBO Sheri Hirai.