BUTTE – Heaven received a special angel Tuesday morning. Lianne Rae Bush Harrington passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, after a courageous battle with brain cancer, at her home in Butte with her family by her side.
She was born in Missoula, on Aug. 20, 1975, to Walter E. Jr. and Jeanette (Wills) Bush. She attended grade school in Potomac and graduated from Hellgate High School in 1993, where she was the MVP for the cross-country team in her sophomore year. She attended the University of Montana, where she earned her degree as a medical transcriptionist, and married the love of her life, Tom Harrington, on July 31, 1999, in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho.
The couple resided in Florence where their children Patrick, 10, and Taylor, 7, were born. She loved her children above everything else and dearly loved her family.
Lianne was active in 4-H for 10 years and received several awards at the fair. She taught summer Sunday school, had a great sense of humor, loved the outdoors, skiing, horseback riding and pack trips on horses, but reading was her favorite form of entertainment. She loved to make Tom happy on St. Patrick’s Day and was very involved in all of her children’s activities.
Lianne is survived by her husband, Tom Harrington; her son, Patrick; and daughter, Taylor, all of Butte; parents, Walter and Jeanette Bush of Potomac; sister and brother-in-law, Crystal and Bob Cheff of Potomac; sister, Lisa Bush and her fiancée’ George Porter of Turah; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dan and Dixie Harrington of Cardwell, Terry McGuinness of Billings, Kathy and Tony Tomassi of Kemmerer, Wyo., Gary Harrington of Delmar, Del., Patsy and Lou Hayes of Calgary, Alberta; aunts and uncles, Darlene Wills of Absarokee, Sidney and Jody Wills, Michael and Lori Bush and Dean Bush, all of Potomac, Diane Bush, Patti Peterson and Kathy Wills as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Verla and Ernest Wills; and her mother and father-in-law, Dan and Marie Harrington.
Lianne was a gift from God and profound thanks goes to all the good people who helped this young family during this difficult time. Although her life seemed to end too soon, she leaves a legacy of Christian faith, love and courage. She bravely fought brain cancer and wanted to live so badly. She never gave up and each setback was to her just a bump in the road. She touched the lives of all who met her and had a positive impact on all her friends.
Cremation has taken place in Butte. Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, in the First Presbyterian Church in Missoula.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to a fund for her children’s educations established at Granite Mountain Bank in Butte.