Shirley Rae van Buskirk

Shirley R. van Buskirk, 73, of Purcellville, passed away Monday Dec. 14, 2020 at Waltonwood-Ashburn. She was born March 1, 1947 in Goshen, IN., and was the daughter of the late Harold E. and Phyllis (Bemenderfer) Shriner. She was predeceased by her sister, Sharon Jean Williams.

She was a 1965 graduate of Benton Harbor (MI) High School and served in AmeriCorp VISTA programs in Hawaii, California, and Nevada. Van Buskirk raised three children, earned her nursing degree then worked at The Jackson Foundation, hospitals in Washington, DC and Maryland, before managing HIV/AIDS research projects at Westat in Rockville, MD. She retired in 2009, and enjoyed nurturing her granddaughter, Mia.

Van Buskirk liked playing Canasta and good pinball machines, attending Professional Bull Riding events and watching Hard Swimmin’ Fish performances. She loved the water and beaches, from Hawaii to First Encounter to Baby Beach, Aruba. Family gatherings were her greatest joy.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel F. van Buskirk of Purcellville, two daughters; Keir N. Lewis of Silver Spring, MD and Erin Lewis Roberts of Broadlands, VA; one son, Demian Che Lewis of Lovettsville, VA; two stepsons, James van Buskirk of Madison, WI, and Thomas van Buskirk of Georgetown, TX; her granddaughter, Mia Rae Roberts, who is attending New York University; as well as extended family and many personal friends. She was a nurturing force for all who knew her, and she will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be planned for a future date.

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