Jeanne Hartman passed away early September 2021 due to multiple long-term health problems. Jeanne was born in Ellensburg in on a snowy day April day in the mid-50’s to Ruthie (Juris) and Kenneth Hartman. That day snow banks were up to the fencepost tops on the Swauk Prairie family farm where Jeanne grew up (5th generation). She was joined on the farm by her sister Julianne a few years later where they played in the family-built barns of hay and horses, and she taught Juli to read in the Hartman farmhouse. Jeanne loved driving and occasionally drove the truck to pick up hay bales, one of her favorite memories. She and Juli also enjoyed riding horses and were members of the Stirrups and Irons horse 4-H Club. She loved going on family summer trips to Copalis at the ocean and to Anacortes and Seattle where family had lived and visited for generations. Jeanne graduated from Cle Elum High School in 1973 and went to Central Washington University in late 1970’s while working as a cook at the Triple X drive-in. She moved to the Tri-Cities and took classes on the hospitality industry at Columbia Basin Community College and later trained briefly at the Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach in Portland around 1980. She lived in Ellensburg the remainder of her life. During these years Jeanne had trouble breathing and learned she had a genetic condition that leads to lung disease called Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which eventually resulted in her retirement at 50 after 30 years of employment. Jeanne was a member of the Ellensburg Presbyterian Church. Over the years she also belonged to several scholarship luncheon groups and a book club in Ellensburg. Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents and brother in-law Gary Cutts. She is survived by her sister Julianne Hartman Cutts and niece Sarah Cutts Moffatt (Matt). Jeanne’s family would like to thank the caring and loving staff of KVH Home Health who provided her infusion service to treat her illness for 20 years. She greatly appreciated and enjoyed all the staff, with special thanks to Stephanie Johnson, who became a loyal friend to Jeanne and was with her as we saw her off to her home with the Lord, and Kathy Cadwallader, who, for many years, set a fun “social event” tone for Jeanne’s life-long infusions. Please join us for a graveside service to be held at the IOOF cemetery in Ellensburg on September 11, 2021 at 1:30pm. A lunch reception will follow immediately after the service. Donations in Jeanne’s memory may be made to the Ellensburg Animal Shelter.
Johnston & Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Ellensburg has been entrusted with caring for Jeanne’s family.
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