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JAN (NELSON) HILLCAR

 

Jan Hillcar lived to be 80 years old. She wanted a little more time to watch the grandkids grow up, but is now enjoying God’s amazing grace and as a family we give thanks.

She was born, raised and educated in La Conner, WA. Jan was a proud alum, attending many of the alumni dinners over the years. She also had fond memories of her childhood. Especially riding horses and spending time with her Nana.

She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Bellingham. She was an “old school” nurse. Her pride was in her bedside manner and care. Her biggest nursing accomplishment was her surgical mission trips that took her all over the globe. She traveled to Ecuador, Honduras, Laos, Thailand, China and the Philippines to name a few.

She was a surgical nurse who worked worldwide with Doctors Without Borders. She often said the most gratifying part of her work was the happiness it brought to young patients after a cleft lip or a cleft palate operation. They could finally smile like the other kids and in some remote parts of the world their parents thought it had to be magic.

Her direct patient care profoundly impacted the lives of many children. She helped correct hare lips, cleft palates, and other facial deformities. It was a calling that brought out the very best in her.

She lived 134 days after her diagnosis with myelodysplastic syndrome. She died at home with her family at her side.

Jan will be missed by many. She is survived by her husband Jack; her children Christi, John and Annie; her grandkids; Tyler, Maddie, Holly, Ellie and Teagan.

No service is planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Rotoplast International: http://www.rotaplast.org

 

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