|Kay Siblani after graduating from Nursing school, 10 years before she joined The Arab American News. PHOTOS: Kay’s family archives|
Blovits said Siblani left nursing because it became too difficult for her to watch patients suffering, and know there was only so much she could do for them. “She cared too much about them,” Blovits said. Siblani’s passion for her patients made her stand out among other nurses. “She was not your typical nurse,” Blovits said. She was an innovative nurse, often coming up with new ways to treat patients. Blovits remembers Siblani having a “love” for history, and people of different cultures as a nurse.
|Kay Siblani listening to her granddaughter Brittany and nephews at the kitchen table.|
Those who worked with Siblani or knew her personally, grew to admire her sense of humor. “When newspaper deadline pressure is really on and you’re really scrambling, when you feel like you’re going to vomit ink, something happens in your brain where you start making jokes. You start to feel a compulsion to have a few irreverent laughs with the people around you. And it calms your nerves and allows you to finish. I learned that from Kay,” said Khalil AlHajal, a government reporter for MLive.com, and former community news editor and reporter for TAAN.