Beverly Patricia "Buff" Toolson

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Straub's Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation
325 NE 3rd Ave.
Camas, WA

September 24, 1921 ˜ October 5, 2018

Beverly Patricia Toolson “Buff” of Camas, Washington passed away on October 5, 2018 in Camas. She was 97. Buff was born in Niagra Township Ontario, Canada to Arthur Asa Bufton and Anne Christina Thornton Bufton on September 24, 1921. She moved from Canada with her parents to Michigan in 1922. She attended Sacred Heart High School in Dearborn, Michigan graduating in 1940. Buff further attended University of Michigan, Mercy college of Nursing, graduating in 1944.

Beverly became a Lt. in the Army Nurse Corps serving on Guam until the end of World War II. Having met Tom Toolson on Guam during her military service, they married in 1946 moving to Camas, Washington in 1947. Buff did private duty nursing as well as emergency room nursing at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Vancouver (now PeaceHealth) until her retirement in the 1980’s.

Buff was active in Osprey Walking Group, Camas Library Foundation, St. Thomas Catholic Church, and Alpha Nu. She loved playing bridge and participating in her girls’ interests such as scouts and school activities.

She is survived by her four daughters, Patricia Toolson Champion (Patty Abel) of Brush Prairie, Washington, Kathleen Kelly (Michael) of Washougal, Washington, Mary Jane Toolson (Chris O’Cell) of Camas and Margaret Toolson of Bedford, Texas, AFS exchange student Liliana Lacerda André (Nicam) of Curitiba Brazil, 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Buff was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; her 3 brothers and their spouses.
There will be a private family burial followed by a Celebration of Life, which will be held in January 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Camas Library Foundation. The family wishes to extend their thanks to A Meadow View in Camas, Washington and Peace Health Hospice for the wonderful care Beverly received.
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 11, 2018
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