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Pre-published in the Spokesman: November 2014 ANIMALISMS by: Liza C. Little
How could a wandering four-legged gypsy who found herself awaiting rescue in a shelter go on to completely change a life with a miracle that neither he nor his doctors ever would have guessed possible? Gypsy, a black Labrador, had a grand, unexpected purpose for landing in that shelter - one that would go on to leave a legacy in her path and give someone the gift of freedom. After several years of suffering from grand mal seizures causing severe depression and anxiety, Patrick Madden’s life was forever changed when Gypsy, a service dog, came into his life. It was soon after they met that he miraculously never suffered another grand mal seizure again!
Spending most days struggling through daily life, never knowing when a seizure would come, Patrick’s life became enslaved by his uncontrollable medical problem. His calendar was filled with doctor appointments, tests, experimenting with various medicines, some causing more harm than good. Depressed and in constant high anxiety, fear of a seizure kept Patrick inside and alone – getting increasingly depressed. Hearing about service dogs and how they help many people he began the search for one with hope for a better life. He connected with Prison Pet Partnership, a group that rescues dogs from the humane society and trains them to be service dogs. He met Gypsy -- trained to help someone in the midst of a seizure by taking actions like roll the person over on their side, open doors, grab the phone. But to everyone’s shocked surprise what Gypsy learned to do for Patrick was nothing short of a miracle! What began to happen was amazing! Gypsy actually self-learned to detect Patrick’s seizure before it would come. She learned his body signals and become aware of changes in his body chemistry and behavior. When this occurred she would continue to nudge Patrick until he safely sat down out of harm’s way. She trained Patrick to notice his own signs and symptoms; Patrick became more relaxed, less stressed and anxious about the unexpected next seizure. He began to go out. His entire life as he knew it had changed! His seizures began to diminish and for the next 13 years he never had a grand mal seizure again! Patrick speaks of how Gypsy helped him prevent suicide as a result of trying new medicine during his earlier days. He says the love and care they shared was strong. She taught him he wasn’t alone, that she really cared and that she needed him as much as he needed her. After 13 years together, Gypsy grew old and eventually passed away, but she left a blueprint and paved the way for Patrick’s new service dog, Seamus, who eagerly learns from Patrick what Gypsy taught him. Confidence back, Patrick went on to give presentations at schools to educate people as to how much a service dog can help. He wants to bring hope and let others know the healing a service dog can bring. He invites anyone to call for help and would like to form a support group of service dog owners in Central Oregon. There really are no coincidences-- people and animals come into our lives for a reason. Gypsy touched Patrick’s life in a way he could never imagine. She gave him a new lease on life and allowed him to see how much an animal can change our lives for the better. He carries on her torch to teach other service dogs and help educate people in a way he probably never dreamed possible. From the rescued to the rescuer, the 4-legged guardian angel gave her gypsy spirit of freedom and courage to another and inspires us to never give up hope.
Services: Viewing at Autumn Funerals, Redmond, 485 NW Larch Ave., Redmond was on Aug. 19, 2015 from noon until 5 PM, Funeral was on Aug. 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM at City Center Church, 549 SW 8th St., Redmond. Interment at Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery was on Aug. 20, 2015 at approx.12:30 PM.
Gordon Michael "Mike" Birtwistle, 68, passed away suddenly of a heart attack in Shenzhen, China, on July 16, 2015.
He was delivering the work that he loved when he died, surrounded by people who loved and respected him.
He is survived by his beloved mother, Ruth Smith; his loving wife, Sandi Birtwistle; his sons, Brand Birtwistle and Dane Birtwistle; his daughter-in- law, Abby Birtwistle; and his sister, Gayle Mitten, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mike was passionate about his work in personal development and leadership training. His dedication to making a difference in the world touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
He is deeply missed by all who knew him. There will be a Celebration of Life at Lakeside Gardens, 16211 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR 97236 at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, August 29, 2015.
Here are a couple shots from the Drifters Car Club 22nd Harvest Run car show downtown Redmond, Aug. 14. There was live music and a barbecue during the show, which was also held the following day, Aug. 15. The Drifters Car Club is a local, family-friendly car club that meets every month at various locations. Find out more at www.drifterscarclub.com/index.php.
Bob Brown was a good man! He was born June 12, 1925 in Michigan. His family moved to Redmond in 1936 and Bob knew that he had found home. For the rest of his life he would emphatically tell everyone that he lived in the best city in the best state in the best country in the world.
Bob graduated from Redmond High School on May 20, 1943 and proudly joined the US Navy on June 10th. After serving three years as a radar man on the USS Cleveland in the South Pacific, he returned home and married his beloved wife, Laurel (Ovens) on March 3, 1946. Together they raised two children, Marc and Terri, and later took great joy in becoming grandparents to Cody and Kaci.
Bob became a barber and remained such for 45 years. Bob was an excellent carpenter and built three homes, the first entirely by himself. Bob and Laurel had a wonderful life together for 59 years until she passed from cancer in February, 2005. Later, he married Helen Johns and they enjoyed another ten years together.
Upon his retirement Bob stayed very busy including assisting his daughter, Terri as the delivery person for her two floral shops, being very involved with church activities, serving on the Deschutes County RFPD #1 Board of Directors, and delivering Meals on Wheels with Helen. During his quieter moments, he loved to feed the birds and write poetry.
During the last few years, congenital heart disease slowly robbed Bob of his physical strength but he struggled as best he could for as long as he could. He finally succumbed quietly in his sleep on the evening of August 3rd. He was 90 years old.
We will remember his kindness, generosity, wonderful smile, unstoppable sense of humor and outgoing personality. He had a wide circle of friends and was a gracious host. He had an unending belief in hard work and he believed strongly in the Golden Rule. Bob Brown was a good, good man!!
He is survived by his sister, Olive Stillson in North Dakota; children, Marc Brown and Terri Burwell, grandchildren, Cody Burwell and Kaci Aslamov, Daniel Gonzalez and Vladimir Aslamov.
The family suggests memorial gifts be sent to the Community Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1689, Redmond, OR 97756.
Clyde Edward Penhollow
Sep. 12, 1935 - Aug. 9, 2015
Clyde was born in Redmond to D.L. “Penny” and Marie Penhollow, the oldest of six boys. He graduated from Redmond Union High School in 1954. On May 30th of that same year, he married the love of his life, Carolann Sawyer, and they wasted no time starting their family. Clyde and Carolann had seven children between 1955 and 1962. Over the next 60 years, their family grew to include 16 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Clyde was very proud of everyone in his fine family.
Clyde was a pick-up and delivery truck driver in the Central Oregon area for many years, and even after retirement continued as a truck dispatcher during forest fire season. Clyde served in the Oregon Army National Guard from 1954 to 1957. Over the years, Clyde volunteered for many local organizations including Kiwanis, 4H, Deschutes County Sheriff Posse, and was once the Beef Superintendent at the Deschutes County Fair. Clyde was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years and served as the Redmond Fire Marshall from 1974 to 1977.
He is preceded in death by his parents, D.L. “Penny” and Marie; as well as his son, Donny.
Survivors include his wife, Carolann; and his children, Sally (Buck) Smith, Jill (Steve) Fairbank (both of Montana), Jan (Jerry) Zimmerman, Bill Penhollow, Ann (Phil) Platt, and Jim (Lisa) Penhollow (all of Redmond); as well as 16 grand children and 24 great grand children.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM at the Powell Butte Christian Church on Saturday, August 22nd. Contributions can be made in Clyde’s memory to the D.L. and Marie Penhollow Foundation. Please contact Powell Butte Christian Church at 541-548-3066 for more details on donating to the scholarship foundation. Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the Penhollow family. Please sign our on line guestbook at www.redmondmemorial.com
Mavis Lorraine (Knorr) Jones
Sept. 8, 1927 - Aug. 8, 2015
Mavis Lorraine Jones of Eugene, passed away peacefully with all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren at her side on August 8, at age 87, from kidney failure.
She was born September 8, 1927, in Bend, OR, to Robert and Gertrude (Butler) Knorr. She graduated from Redmond High School in 1945, and from the University of Oregon with a BA in English in 1949.
She married Raymond ‘Buzz’ Jones in Redmond, OR, on September 4, 1949. They were married for over 60 years before his death in 2010.
After her marriage and before her children were born, Mavis was a social worker for the State of Oregon. After her children were born, she was a working mother, raising three children while employed by the State of Oregon Employment Division in the Eugene- Springfield area as an employment specialist. She retired in 1985, with over 25 years of service. During their retirement years, she and Buzz enjoyed water skiing, hiking, bird watching, and traveling throughout Oregon, all 50 States, Canada, and Mexico.
They also enjoyed doting on their granddaughters, and Mavis more recently thrilled at being able to see her great grandsons, who called her GeeGee.
She is survived by daughter, Elaine Jones (Pat Ventura) of Tempe, AZ; and sons, Greg (Rita) of McMinnville, OR, and Bret (Mickey) of Eugene, OR; granddaughter, Sara Ventura Blass (Drew); and great-grandsons, Jonah and Isaac Blass of Des Moines, IA; granddaughter, Emily Ventura Pentecost (Trevor) of Tempe, AZ; brother, Robert ‘Bobby’ Knorr of Redmond, OR; niece, Robin and nephew Rob.
There will be a graveside service on Saturday, August 22, at 11:30 a.m., at Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond, OR.