Trigger Hartman, 89, of Stites, passed away peacefully Friday, March 16, 2018, at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her family. Trigger was born Sept. 25, 1928, in Stites, to Stella and Hugh Gillett. She joined sister Neosho. Trigger graduated from Stites High School in 1946.
Following high school, she married Fred Lamb and they made their home on Lamb Grade near Stites. Fred and Trigger divorced in 1953. In 1954, Trigger married George Hartman. They had one daughter, Teresa. George and Trigger led an adventurous life, living in Elk City, Alaska, Montana and eventually returning to the Clearwater Valley with their family in Stites.
Trigger was a very talented and energetic person. She was an artist, a fabulous seamstress and even a wonderful carpenter. Living in the Depression did not hold her back. What they could not afford, she decided to build or make herself. Not only was she talented in those areas, she excelled in basketball, gymnastics and track, where she was very quick, hence came the nickname “Trigger.”
Trigger was a wonderful mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to garden and was always researching facts, long before Google. If you were going to debate a topic with Trigger, you had better have your ducks in a row, as she loved facts. She enjoyed her encyclopedia collections.
Trigger is survived by her daughter, Teresa (Larry) Lytle of Stites; grandaughters Shanna (Zach and children, Brock and Brady) Yarbrough and Tiffany (Steven) Warren all of Sandpoint, Idaho; nephew Kim (Cindy) Dahler; and grandnephew Kevin Dahler of Kooskia. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; mother and father Stella and Hugh; sister Neosho Dahler; brother-in-law Merlin Dahler; and grandnephew Timmy Dahler.
A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Clearwater Cemetery. A covered-dish dinner followed at the Clearwater I.O.O.F Hall. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.