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Kimberly Catherine Arrubarrena

Kimberly Catherine Arrubarrena

Kimberly Catherine Arrubarrena 1972-2020

On July 22, 2020 in Boise, ID, Kim, 48, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family members and friends. She was born in Pocatello, ID on May 27, 1972. Kim graduated Melba high school in 1990. She was a loving and caring individual who always unselfishly helped others. She was employed by Blue Cross of Idaho as a motivated Supervisor and took great pride in her job. There, she mentored her associates and provided guidance for them to become the ultimate professional. She was always empathetic towards her co-workers’ needs. She not only counseled them on work-related issues but was inspirationally compassionate and trustworthy with her team’s personal lives as well.

Kim was the designated “fixer” in her family and was deeply loved by her sister, brother, mother, and husband. She was always joyful, spunky, positive, and had an infectious laugh. She always saw the glass half-full and always had an optimistic outlook. Her interests and hobbies included arts, crafts, and photography. She loved to decorate her family home with her jubilant artwork along with framed inspirational quotes.

Kim was preceded in death by her unborn child, father, Jon “Pops” Thompson, and father-in-law, Tony “Papa” Arrubarrena Sr. She is survived by her husband, Tony Arrubarrena Jr. They will celebrate eight years of marriage in October. They treasured raising their two Mini-Aussies, Kaixo and Txiki. Surviving family members include her mother: Mary Thompson, brother: Dave Hermansen, sister: Joni Strom, her husband: Tony, mother in-law: Victoria Arrubarrena, her sisters-in-laws, and several nieces and nephews.

As mothers we think about our children day and night. We love them and we know their hearts. From birth Kim’s heart was wrapped in kindness and joy. It was her mission to spread love and give hope to all of those around her.  She believed in laughter and she believed in tears. She had compassion for everyone. She was a wise and beautiful soul who ascended into the arms of Jesus much too soon. I am so blessed to be called her mother. I love you forever sweet Kimmie.

From Joni: Kim was the funnest best friend I ever had. We were silly and more ourselves around each other than anyone else. Her sense of humor and carefree personality exceeded everyone else’s. I will miss our goofy rants and laughter that others would never understand. She always kept me out of trouble. She was always there for me. There is no better friend than my sister who was a gift to my heart. Her actions taught us all to be selfless and compassionate to others, to love, laugh, and embrace every moment of life. She always wanted the best for me and everyone else. Kim, till we meet again, I will remember to reach out to others and listen, just like you always did.

As my little “twin” sister, Kim was a confidant and an example of kindness. She was one of the few people that I could always be 100% honest and transparent with, as she never judged. She only loved. She was always kind to everyone and she loved doing whatever it took to bring others to a higher place. Her spirit will continue to live within me in all the lessons that she left behind. Lessons of love and caring for others, being selfless, and raising oneself higher by praising others. She showed unbelievable strength during her final days by staying positive when most others would succumb to misery. Her strength will always live with me.

As a wife, you were my best friend as well. I was able to share my laughter, hopes and disappointments with you. No matter what happened, you were the one I knew I could turn to for comfort, advice, and encouragement. You were the one person who really knew the one, true me, yet you still chose me as your groom. Our favorite quote was: “The best part of the day is when you and me become we”.

A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Mark’s Catholic Community, 7960 W. Northview, Boise, ID, on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11:00, by Father Ben Uhlenkott and Deacon Mike Lowe. A memorial reception will be scheduled at a later date. The wearing of masks will be required for attendees. Designated seating to ensure social-distancing will be provided. For those unable to attend, the service can also be viewed live on the Home page of St.

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In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorial donations in Kim’s name be made to the PEER Wellness Center located at 5371 W. Franklin St., Boise, ID, 83705.


  • Capri Williams Posted July 29, 2020 12:33 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman!!! Love you Kimmie!

  • Brandi Allison Posted July 29, 2020 1:38 pm

    I knew Kim through Tony. I only met Kim once, but any time I saw Tony I would ask how she is doing. She will be deeply missed.

  • Jackie Schnupp Posted July 29, 2020 1:41 pm

    I had the distinct privilege of working with Kim at HP. Her laugh was infectious, her energy endless. I am certain this beautiful angel will now share her love from above as she watches over her clan. Your gratitude at having had this gift from God is so obviously heartfelt. I will keep you all in my prayers as you work through missing Kim.

  • Sherren Campbell Posted July 29, 2020 3:21 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute, she will be greatly missed. Love you, Kimmie! ❤️

  • Matthew Custer Posted July 29, 2020 4:31 pm

    Kim, you made life so much better. I’m going to miss you…BIG HUG. Tony, Mary, Joni, Dave and the rest of the family, please know my prayers are with you everyday

  • Heidi Hoskins Posted July 29, 2020 6:12 pm

    I was totally shocked to hear of Kim’s passing. I met Kim through Tony and we eventually became friends on Facebook. I’m glad Kim is with her Father in Heaven, but I know her family will miss her until they meet again. You all are in my prayers for comfort and peace. ❤️

  • Kristina Bogle Posted July 29, 2020 9:29 pm

    Kim was fun loving with a mischievous spirit and contagious laugh and smile. She was so much fun to spend time with, so creative and so charismatic. Kim had the most amazing gift, she could bring large groups of people together to get to know each other and her ability to do this created so many fun memories. I have learned so much from Kim, she could always make me laugh and was ready with a good quote when I needed one. I will always be grateful. I always pictured at least a portion of our older years on the back patio, making jewelry, crafting, laughing and playing card games. I am truly sorry we will not get to do this but I am thankful for the time we had. I love you Kim Shady.. all the other Kim Shady’s are just imitating! I miss you, rest in peace.

  • Veronica Hultgren Dybdahl Posted July 29, 2020 9:55 pm

    I met this graciuos lady two months and out she was my sister. Love you1 RIP Kim,,,Ronnie

  • Destry Eskew Posted July 30, 2020 7:11 pm

    Beautiful tribute. A family with a heart of gold. You all carry on her compassion and love.

  • Vanessa Capito Posted July 31, 2020 2:20 am

    Kim was one of the most compassionate and thoughtful individuals I have ever met. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have had her as my supervisor. She definitely added light to any day. She will be missed dearly.

  • Hirby Eiui Posted July 31, 2020 8:41 am

    I hope you can hear me. Goodbye sweetie! I selfishly and underservingly wish I could have given you a much better goodbye that a few worthless words that come too late. While I never seemingly expressed my profound appreciation to you, you interacted and enriched my life at a time that your presence was sorely needed and I will forever be grateful for you and cohort Kristy for dragging things out of me that I would not have been able to bring out myself. My two wonderful amigos, Kim and Kristy that I miss both dearly. I will always remember your bright smiles and rare frowns with great fondness. Yes, I too will hold the “real Kim Shady” tightly in my heart. Those outrageous rules of fate are still unfathomable and unforgivable for prematurely taking you from us, and I am still sad and angry about it and will be for a long time.

  • Dawn Blackstead Posted August 4, 2020 12:27 pm

    I was so shocked to hear about Kim’s passing. Such a young, bright, beautiful, loving lady. I met Kim through BGC and at the last camp I was at with her we had a few heart to heart visits sitting on the couch. Kim was so open and honest and through my talks with her she taught me to move forward with happiness.. I remember when she met Tony and how happy she was. Tony, you were her true love, oh she was so happy!! I will keep Tony, her puppies and her beautiful family in my prayers.

  • Dinah Coleman Posted August 7, 2020 11:09 pm

    Kim, I feel truly blessed having had the opportunity to reconnect with you last December. I will be forever grateful having known you! You will be truly missed! Much Love, sweet friend!

  • Maryann Birkel Posted August 11, 2020 8:59 am

    I worked with Kim when she lived in Salem Oregon. I have followed her on Facebook for many many years. She always brought a smile to my face. She will be missed and my prayers are with those she left behind.

  • Brandi Posted August 12, 2020 6:21 pm

    My dear sister, we just started to know one another.
    I’m very proud of you and will treasure your memory always❣️

  • Ashley Kelley Posted August 12, 2020 10:54 pm

    I’ve been trying to figure out the words for what I wanted to say since I heard of Kim’s passing. She was such a special woman. I worked with her at BCI. She lit up a room with her humor, kindness and positivity. I always looked forward to talking to her and she always made me feel so welcome. I did not know her outside of work but I will say that she was a ray of light and I’m going to miss knowing her. I’m so sorry to her family and friends.

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