Tammy Van Houten

tammy-van-houten-photoTammy Rae Van Houten of Troy, died Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Gritman Medical Center. She was 50.

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.

4 Responses to Tammy Van Houten

  1. Lona Hirschel says:

    I was very sad to read about Tammy. I was am part of the Weissenfels family friend growing up. So knew Tammy thru family. We had talked about her adventures to Hawaii and how much she loved it there. Knowing that one of her best friends was her mother in law Julie will always stay with her. To Jon and family I am truly sorry for your loss. Lona McGovern Hirschel

  2. Michelle Cook says:

    The memory of Tammy that comes to mind most when I think of her is of her and I in Post Falls. I was only in Jr High, Tammy must have been 20. She was so at ease and easy to talk to. I don’t know how long we were there, I just remember sitting on the beach talking and laughing. Tammy was always easy to talk to, so creative and genuine. I can’t believe she is gone but, I know she is with her baby boy now. What a strong amazing woman, she will be missed so much.

  3. Kim Conrad says:

    My thoughts are with you John. My heart breaks for you . Peace be with you.

  4. Dawn Bowen says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with Jon and Kalissa. Tammy and I were brought together by a sons and unfortunately the untimely death of both. I knew Tammy to be a very caring and selfless person and will miss her smiles much. I am so sorry for her family’s loss and would just to express my deep condolences. Rest in Peace my dear for we shall meet again.

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