Tammy was born May 3, 1966 in Caldwell, ID to Roy L and Colleen Foust Bright. The family moved to Moscow that year where Tammy grew up, attended McDonald Elementary School, Moscow Junior and Senior High Schools, graduating from Moscow High.
She and Jon C. Van Houten were married in Lewiston on August 25, 1984. They made their home in Moscow where Tammy worked for the North 4-D Restaurant, the Plantation and the Daily News for a time.
In 1991 Tammy started with the Moscow School District as a custodian, later moving to the laundry department and was employed there at the time of her death. Tammy enjoyed sewing, crafts, camping, picking huckleberries, and will be remembered for her excellent cooking abilities. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
Surviving are her husband, Jon, at their Troy home, daughter. Kalissa Van Houten and her husband Jeremy of Moscow, her mother, Colleen Bright of Moscow and a brother, Robert Bright of Ottawa, Canada as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by a son, Kevin, in 2001 and her father, Roy in 2010.
The funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. at the Moscow Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Randy Cox will officiate and burial will follow at Burnt Ridge Cemetery in Troy.
A reception and potluck will be at the Troy Lions Hall on Main Street afterward.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Troy Ambulance Fund or to the Moscow Bear Boosters.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.