- Editor’s note: Yelm community theater Matriarch for over a quarter of a century, Nancy Tribush Hillman, was stricken with a stroke at The Triad Theater on the afternoon of July 8th, and subsequently passed this afternoon, July 10th. At the time of her being stricken, Nancy was in rehearsal for the show “Giving” that she co-wrote, composed the music, and directed. The Triad Theater told the Yelm Community Blog, “‘The Show Must Go On,’ the mantra of every theater person!'” “Giving” is set to open in Yelm at The Triad Theater this weekend. Click here for details and to purchase tickets to see Nancy’s last triumph of her talented work.
- Nancy has had a major impact in the lives of countless performers, crew, and theater-goers for her tireless work as founder, teacher and inspiration for Yelm’s Drew Harvey Theater, Standing Room Only (SRO) Theater Company, and the StageStruck Troupe [for our young folks].
From Nancy’s daughter Rachel Hillman:
“To all the beloved friends of Nancy Tribush Hillman: this is her daughter, Rachel, posting from her account. Two days ago, while in rehearsal, my mother had a major hemorrhagic stroke. Due to the incredible fast response of loving friends, she was immediately rushed to the hospital and given the best possible care. The stroke, however, was too severe for it to be operable and the damage too great to be reversible. Her doctors considered every option, and took every precaution, but the CT scans and multiple opinions were conclusive. Although she had been unresponsive from moments after the incident, she was – I am grateful to say – not in any pain. She was surrounded round the clock by loving community, and loyal friends who stood vigil night and day. Both my sister and I were by her side. I was able to kiss her, hold her hand, tell her how much I love her, and thank her with all my heart for everything she has been and done.
“This afternoon, after all proper medical protocol and testing, my mother was officially pronounced dead. As shocking and unexpected as this was, and as grief-stricken as we all are right now, it fills my heart that she was so loved, supported, and pain-free through this experience, and that she was fully herself and doing what she loved up to the very last. It is a testament to her widespread impact that so many have come to visit and filled the waiting room these past few days. She was one of a kind. Truly.
“I will make future announcements about memorial and funeral services, when we know what they are. In the meantime, if you have any videos or pictures of my mother, in any setting and at any stage of life, could you please share them with me? I want to collect as much as possible. Same goes for memories and stories. Please share them – in the comments here or feel free to private message me. I may share some on this page, as well.
“Thank you all for being a part of my mother’s wild and wonderful life. She loved her friends, family, and community more than anything. For years, the walls of her home have been plastered with pictures of all of you, people she cared about, talked about, worried about, and celebrated every day. You helped give her life the deep meaning it has had.”
The Yelm Community Blog sends love and blessings to Nancy’s daughters Rachel and Avriel and all who were touched and uplifted by her remarkable spirit!