Eena Hibbs was born on August 31, 1959 in Seattle Washington to Dolores Elaine and William Edward Peterson. She grew up in Burien living right behind the Gregory Seahurst Swim Club where she swam on the swim team. She was long and lean from her youth and was so fast at breast stroke that she was always far ahead of the pack.
Eena attended Highline High School and graduated in the class of 1977, then after a year at Highline Community College she was off to Washington State University. Eena participated in women’s crew and synchronized swimming while pursuing her English degree. It was there where she met her true love, Gary Hibbs. Soon Gary and Eena were married and after his graduation the couple moved to Sandpoint, Idaho where Gary took his first teaching job. During their time in Sandpoint their first child was born. Later the family moved to Moscow, Idaho where Eena completed her undergraduate Bachelors Degree in Education majoring in English at the University of Idaho.
Their family grew and eventually they moved to Seattle where Eena began her career in Washington as director of the volunteer literacy program at South King County Multi-Service Center. While working there she was awarded a “Point of Light” by President George Bush Senior for her success in overseeing the program. As a life long learner, Eena pursued and earned her Masters Degree in Education as a reading specialist from Central Washington University. Eventually she was employed by Highline Community College which was the highlight of her career. Eena loved being an educator and she had the privilege of working in many capacities at the college during her tenure there. Eena deeply cared about her work; she experienced meaningful relationships with her students and colleagues and was grateful to be able to continue teaching throughout her illness.
Eena enjoyed outdoor activities like camping, fishing, skiing and hiking with her family. She was an avid runner, swimmer and racket ball player. Even after being afflicted with cancer Eena enjoyed swimming and eventually water walking as means of relaxation and exercise. When in the water swimming, one would never guess that she was a long suffering cancer patient. Her beautiful stroke glided her through the water with ease.
Eena cherished her family and they brought her great joy. She adored her husband, Gary and their three children, Ryan, Abra and Alina. Her family cared for Eena in the most selfless loving way during her long fight with cancer. Eena was eternally thankful for their devotion and attention and she loved them deeply. Eena took her last gentle breath early in the morning on March 31, 2011. She was surrounded by her family and those most dear to her and died peacefully at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.