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Patricia Elaine Prentice, " Memengwaawike" (Butterfly Woman)

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Patricia Elaine Prentice, " Memengwaawike" (Butterfly Woman)

Patricia Elaine Prentice, " Memengwaawike" (Butterfly Woman), age 61 of Redby, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at Bemidji Sanford Hospital.

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She was born on August 22, 1951 in Red Lake, Minnesota the daughter of Paul Prentice Jr. and Marian Needham.

Patricia was employed as a grant writer for The Red Lake Tribe. In addition to her job as Grant Writer, Trisha was known for her dedication to fighting addictions of all forms. She did extensive, intensive work in the field of counseling, speaking and doing presentations all around Indian Country. She worked for years in the Healing Pathways effort, exploring traditional ways of working against the modern scourges of alcohol and drug abuse by speaking with and listening to elders.

Her easygoing style, her sense of humor and love of laughter endeared her to all she met. She was a woman who got things done. Although she had no biological grandchildren she had many young people who call her "Gramma" and even more who consider her "Auntie". Trisha was an old style jingle dress dancer who took great pride in her nephews who sing with various drum groups. She was proud and fiercely protective of all her family. She represented the Red Lake Band well in her term as Princess and continued to faithfully serve on the Royalty Committee. She will be missed by several generations of family and friends!

Survived by significant other: Don Silverstar Sr.; family was her absolute priority, especially the well-being of her special son: Donnie Silverstar Jr. "Donnie Frog"; she was inspired by the bond between him and his sister Alaina Prentice ( significant other: Phil Lussier); sisters: Della Prentice and Barbara Westbrook; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Patricia Prentice will be held on Monday, November 11th at 1:00 P.M. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Redlake, Minnesota. Father Jerry Rogers will officiate.

Private Interment St. Marys Cemetery in Red lake, Minnesota

The wake will begin on Saturday Nov. 9th at 2 p.m. at the Redby Community Center and continues until the time of the service on Monday.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Sandra King, Kathy Dudley, Earlene Jones, Shirley McNeal, Frances Miller, Connie Berg, Elaine Johnson, Yvonne Johnson and Erma Lussier.

Casket Bearers will be Roger White Jr., Chad Prentice, Charles Prentice Jr., Mike Fairbanks, Mike Roy, Mike Needham and Rodney Prentice Jr.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com

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