Mark and Amber (Bach) Hanna welcomed their first of three children, Harriette Amber, on September 29,1934 in Orofino, ID.
Harriette was a natural leader from an early age which led to her involvement in baton twirling, playing baritone saxophone in band, and field hockey in her college years.
Her energy was insurmountable; she was a powerful influence for many during her 79 years.
After she graduated from Orofino High School in 1953, she attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, receiving her bachelor’s degree with emphasis in physical education and biology.
She was active in the university’s Delta Delta Delta Sorority and the Catholic Newman Club.
One day she saw “this handsome older man across campus,” Donald A. Kamp of Harrison, ID, and in 1957 she married him in Kellogg, ID.
Together the couple taught at Kellogg High School.
The pair were well known for their partnership on the ballroom dance floor.
In the years that followed, they moved to Walla Walla, WA where Harriette continued to teach at the high school level.
When their first child, Kaye, was born, Harriette chose to stay home to care for her and the twins, Brian and LouAnn, born two and a half years later.
The family enjoyed years of camping throughout the Northwest and Canada.
Harriette was a highly involved parent serving as a Camp Fire Leader, a member of the district Camp Fire Outdoor Committee, and joining her son on Boy Scout hiking and camping ventures sometimes as the only mom amongst the dads and sons.
She returned to school attending Fort George Wright College where she received a Master’s degree in General Science.
She continued her teaching career when her twins were in high school teaching wilderness survival at Gonzaga University.
Harriette was best known for her ballroom (social) dance programs at Gonzaga University and Spokane Falls Community College for three decades influencing countless Zags and Spokanites to “trip the light fantastic.”
Even though Ginger Rogers could “do everything Fred Astaire did except backward and in high heels,” Harriette could whip anyone into shape to “dance with the stars.”
She became the first female Moose Lodge Member in Washington State.
Harriette was a devout member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Catholic Parish.
Harriette will never be forgotten for her infectious laugh, boundless energy, compassionate devotion to her family, and her zest for life.
Harriette is survived by her children: Kaye, Brian (Catherine), and LouAnn (David); grandchildren: Vaughn, Kara, Megan (Michael), Hanna, Bobby (Vanessa), Michael (Beth), and Bryan; one great-grandchild, Arianna; one brother, Mark (Linda) Hanna of Orofino, ID, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald A.; parents, Mark and Amber Hanna, and her sister, Helen Ann Herndon.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 11th from 12 - 4 pm at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home (2203 N. Division) with a Rosary following at 8 pm at Assumption Parish.
A Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, April 12th at 11 am also at Assumption Parish.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gonzaga University’s Donald A. Kamp Memorial Mathematics Scholarship (https://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/University-Relations/Giving/Donor-Appreciation/ NamesThatLive.asp).
To view Harriette’s online memorial, please visit www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.
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