Hannah First, a first-year student at St. Ambrose, passed away on Monday, March 18. The 19 year-old attended classes at Ambrose until October when her health forced her to leave.
Hannah lived in Monticello, Iowa and was the daughter of Mike and Lisa First. She had three sisters, Molly Addie and Natalie.
She enjoyed her job at Fareway
“I was Hannah’s statistics professor at St. Ambrose,” psychology professor Mary Waterstreet said in online condolences to the family. “She was a bright and shining star in both intellect and personality.”
Messages flooded the funeral home’s website, speaking of Hannah’s smile and the joy she brought to others. She was described as a happy person that always put others first. Hannah enjoyed her pets, particularly her dog Gus, shopping, and baking.
“While I did not personally know Hannah, I saw her around campus and she always looked rather happy,” student Kristen Jett said.
“Her time at Ambrose was short, but our entire campus will mourn the loss of her and will celebrate her memory.”
While her time on both earth and at St. Ambrose was too short, Hannah made a huge impact on those around her.
“I feel so blessed to have known Hannah and to have the pleasure to have been her third grade science teacher,” Teresa Haag said. “She had an amazing spirit and positive attitude that was contagious. Hannah made an impact in her short years, and her memory will live on through everyone she touched.”