Harriet Ann Danielsen Hayne, 89, of Dupuyer, MT, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at the Pondera Medical Center in Conrad following a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, at 2:00 PM at the Dupuyer Community Hall with lunch to follow. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder Jensen Funeral Home of Choteau. Interment of her cremated remains will be in Dupuyer in the Spring.
Harriet was born at home on September 11, 1922, on Puget Island, Washington. She was the 7th child born to Angeline and Albert Danielsen. After graduation from Wahkiakum County High School, she moved to San Francisco and attended Heald College. In 1943 she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps - Women's Reserve and was part of the second boot camp trained at Hunter College in New York City. Stationed back in San Francisco, she met an officer in the U.S. Navy, Jack Hayne. They were married in New Orleans, LA, when their service ended in April, 1946.
Harriet and Jack attended Washington State College on the G.I. bill and worked in the grocery business in Seattle and Longview, Washington. In 1953 the young family moved to the ranch in Dupuyer. Harriet led a busy, productive life as a ranch wife and mother of four children.
For 58 years Harriet served as an active member of her community and state. She worked for the Republican party and represented her district in the Montana House of Representatives for 20 years, often assigned to chair number one in the chamber. Through the years she led and participated in the Dupuyer Women's and Community Clubs, the Dupuyer community plays, Girl Scouts, 4-H, American Legion Auxiliary, Cowbelles, and Montana Agriculture in the Schools. Harriet was a Girls State counselor for 12 years. She sang in the choir of the Valier Lutheran Church and provided music for many weddings and funerals, often accompanied by her friend and neighbor, Jeanne Anderson. Harriet had unlimited enthusiasm and gave total effort to every project she undertook.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Jack McVicar Hayne of the family home, daughter Mary (David) Tonkovich of Choteau, MT, and their daughter Alexa Tonkovich of Juneau, AK; son, John (Leanne) Hayne of Dupuyer, MT, and their children Carrie (Kip) Harris of Boulder, MT, Andria (Gary) Christensen of Issaquah, WA, Joleen (Marvin) Markuson of Missoula, MT, Megan Hayne of New York City, NY, and Erica Hayne of Missoula; daughter Ali (Robert) Newkirk of Dupuyer, MT; and daughter Nancy (Dennis) Williams of San Marcos, CA, and their children, Wyatt Williams of San Marcos, CA, and Harleigh Williams of Portland, OR; her sister-in-law, Suzi (Jim) Vander Stoep of Chehalis, WA, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and friends.
Harriet's parents and her siblings Ben, Dan, Elmer, Adine, Inga and Palmer preceded her in death.
Memorials are suggested to the Dupuyer Community Club.
Online condolences may be left at www.gorderjensenfuneral.com.