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Rosemary Elaine Hibbs
September 16, 1942 ~ November 19, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
Rosemary E. Hibbs, of Boise, passed away on November 19th, 2023. A celebration of Rosemary's life will be held at Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise on December 9th at 11:00 A.M., with a reception to follow.
Rosemary was born September 16th, 1942, in Caldwell, Idaho, the youngest of three children born to John and Mary Jesenko. While growing up on the farm in Homedale, she always loved following her dad around, climbing on the farm machinery, and sometimes getting in trouble. In school, she enjoyed music and sports.
She married her high school sweetheart, Dwaine Hibbs, in Homedale in 1962. They went on to have two children – Cheryl and Kelly. In 1965, they moved to Boise. Rosemary coached Boise City Recreation girls' softball from when Cheryl was 10 to 14. She was also often the scorekeeper for Kelly's teams during many years of youth baseball.
Rosemary had many roles outside of the home throughout her life. She worked for the Idaho Department of Transportation, in the family business (KTS Tire Service), Commercial Tire, and later worked for Boise School District in the Food and Nutrition Services until she retired in 2010.
Rosemary volunteered for the St. Al's Auxiliary and the Boise State Athletic Office. She was also an avid and capable bowler who belonged to the Boise Women's Bowling Association. Rosemary worked actively on the various committees for the association and was inducted into the Idaho Bowling Hall of Fame in 1995. She enjoyed the game of golf and belonged to the Lakeview Ladies Association and the Terrace Lakes Ladies Association, where she spent many summer weekends at their second home in Garden Valley.
Dwaine and Rosemary recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. They enjoyed their lives together with many cherished times and memories, including trips to Holland, Rio de Janeiro, Italy, Hawaii, and Austria. They were also long-time season ticket holders and die-hard Boise State football and basketball fans.
Most of all, Rosemary loved her family and friends. The Christmas holidays were her favorite; she enjoyed entertaining and cooking for her family. We will dearly miss her homemade finger steaks and potica (Austrian nut roll).
Rosemary is survived by her loving husband Dwaine, daughter Cheryl Lapsley, son Kelly (Robin) Hibbs, grandchildren Ryan and Clay Hibbs and Marci Rose Lapsley, sister Elsie Dulaney, sister-in-law Karen (Terry) Simon, brother-in-law Russ (Ellie) Hibbs, nephews Tim (Jan) Dulaney, Rick (Chris) Dulaney, Jon (Jill) Herendeen, and numerous other relatives throughout the Treasure Valley. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, sister Betty Herendeen, brothers-in-law Jerry Dulaney and Harry Herendeen, and niece Paula Dulaney.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers at St. Luke’s during the last three weeks of Rosemary's life. We are thankful for the compassion and caring shown to Rosemary and us. Their kindness left a meaningful impact on us during a difficult time, and we are forever grateful.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lions Envision Sight or the Boise State Scholarship Program.