Amanda LennickAmanda Lennick, WSU College of Nursing Tri-Cities Alumna and nurse at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, suddenly lost her life on March 22, 2014 in the Oso, Washington mudslide. The tragic mudslide occurred just one week after closing on her new home on East Steelhead Drive along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.

She fell in love with her new home right away and spent weekends walking the area and getting to know her future neighbors, even before closing on the property. Amanda’s friends said the new home was exactly what she was looking for and her co-workers expressed how excited she was to be there.

Born and raised in Tri-Cities, Amanda graduated from Kennewick High School in 2001, received an Associate of Arts degree from Spokane Falls Community College in 2004, and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from WSU College of Nursing Tri-Cities in 2006.

During her time at the College of Nursing, Amanda volunteered with fellow students after Hurricane Katrina and later went on a medical mission trip to Belize.

Amanda’s mother said she was a “strong, independent woman with a heart of gold.” She said her daughter shared many quotes with her and one of her favorites was “Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets…If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it’d be easy; they just promised it’d be worth it.”

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Members of the Flathead High School Class of 1971, with the family’s help, have set up a Nursing Annual Scholarship at Washington State University. Funds donated will support a nursing student at WSU-Tri Cities who has a record of community service. Tax-deductible donations can be made online or by check to: WSU College of Nursing, PO Box 1495, Spokane, WA 99210. Whether online or by mail, please specify that your gift is for the AMANDA LENNICK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.