I was born in Kellogg, but my family moved around a lot because of my dad's military service. My childhood was spent all over the country, and we even had a few years in Germany.
I graduated from high school in Ritzville, Washington where I met Hugh Gannon, though we wouldn't connect until later in life. Hugh and I "re-met" in 1979, and I moved to St. Maries, where we have been ever since. We have three grown children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. But there are many more who call me Grandma Gannon.
I spent 17 years as a state employee for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. I helped people, many of my own friends and neighbors, access food stamps, medicaid and other resources. I was there during the welfare reform of the 1990s and saw the downturn of the logging industry firsthand. My husband spent 30 years working for Potlatch Corporation.
In 1999, I was elected to the St. Maries School District Board of Trustees where I served for 16 years, including 14 as chairwoman. I also served for two terms on the Idaho State School Board Association (ISBA) Executive Board.
In 2015, I was elected to the St. Maries City Council where I have continued to serve. I now have the unique opportunity to represent the fifth legislative district for the remainder of this year's session. I hope I can prove to all of you that I deserve to remain as your representative.
Community Action Partnership Board of Directors
Elder and Deacon in St. Maries Community Presbyterian Church, member since 1980
Idaho Foster Parent 2001 – 2008 (Region I Foster Parents of the Year 2003)
Volunteer, St. Maries Volunteer Clinic
Board Member, St. Maries Ambulance
Volunteer, St. Maries Public Library
Member, St. Maries Booster Club