Chantelle Princeton's Celebration of Life

Chantelle Princeton was born October 22, 1943 and transitioned on March 24, 2009.  Her family and friends celebrate her life by remembering her sparking blue eyes, glowing face, and warm personality. 
Chantelle is survived by her mother, Geneva (Jean); two daughters, Jana (known as Kat, the intuitive one) and Julie (the logical/analytical one); three sisters, Donna Jean (Bob - her spouse), Judy, and Jeri.  The daughters' spouses, Curtis (Kat) and John (Julie) heavily contributed to assist after Chantelle's transition to make life easier on the girls.  Chantelle had a cousin, Rayleen (lives in Canada) and a few nieces and nephews, Charlotte, Shannon, Robert, and Pat.  Chantelle's closest friends at the time of her passing were Camille (co-worker and chatting/swimming buddy) and Gloria (past coworker and long time friend).
Chantelle was known for her hobbies of sewing, cake decorating, bead ornaments, crafts, swimming, horse racing, macrame, crochets, among many other projects.  She was just starting a career in medical coding (received a certificate) before her transition.  She was planning to move to Denver, purchase a manufactured home, learn to ballroom dance, and start living a life of a senior citizen.
After Chantelle's transition it was difficult to acknowledge her wishes to dispose of her belongings considering she liked and enjoyed all of her physical possessions.  Since I (Julie) lived with her the longest of anyone thought of whom she might give things to.  Mom would always tease me that someday her stuff would be mine; I am not laughing now.  What would I do with tons of fabric, craft supplies, and cake decorating items. 
Donations (through Chantelle) include:
Lions Eye Bank of Oregon: Chantelle's corneas
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center (Portland Oregon): Fabric to the Pastoral Services (Reverend Godfred F. Ocun) for quilt-designing
Goodwill: Various craft items, clothing, and glassware
Give The Gift of Sight: Chantelle's glasses
American Cancer Society: Hair pieces and accessories
Freecycle: Miscellaneous household items
The Gathering Place: Clothes
Little Dresses for Africa ( Fabric for dresses
Kat, Curtis, John, and Julie (me) would like to thank Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for their support through the five days that Chantelle (mom) was admitted in CCU.  
Drs. Timothy H. Hudson, David W. Hill, and Ravinder Shergill, were her attending physicians. 
Ronda L. Chandler, Heidi M. McCracken-Weaver, and Megan Yourgules were the attending nurses.  Ronda took the time to be with us, answer questions, and kept Chantelle comfortable while she was in a coma. 
Providence provided a passage quilt to cover Chantelle while she transitioned.
We would like to thank Mike Kover (John's brother-in-law) for recommending Neptune Funeral Services (Jennifer Wilson) in our time of need. 
One of Chantelle's favorite painting is "Moon Temple" by Gilbert Williams.  She glowed from the inside-out and trickled over with love.
One of Chantelle's favorite song was la vie en rose
Hold me close and hold me fast
The magic spell you cast
This is la vie en rose

When you kiss me heaven sighs
And tho I close my eyes
I see la vie en rose

When you press me to your heart
I'm in a world apart
A world where roses bloom

And when you speak...angels sing from above
Everyday words turn into love songs

Give your heart and soul to me
And life will always be
La vie en rose

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One-Year Anniversary

What is the definition of giving? Parents give to their children, and then once children are older they give back to their parents. Our story is a little different. While growing up, mom made us girls life, cake, pies, cookies, wisdom, advice, learning lessons, and of course “the look” when she didn’t like something we did.

Once we were older we changed roles; mom became our friend and we returned the favor of giving back by cooking for her and providing unsolicited advice about dates and men.

One day on March 20, 2009, we became the parent and mom became the child. It was time to make important decisions about what was best give to mom. Her daughters had to make the decision of giving mom her freedom from her physical restricted body.

On March 24, 2009 we gave mom her freedom. That very same day we had make quick decisions on giving more only this time it was the body she left behind on this earth. Mom never really discussed giving or donating anything physically, she figured nobody would want anything. She just always said that we would get all her stuff. She would tease us and say, “someday all this stuff will be yours”. Gee thanks mom. Just a few minutes after we said out final goodbyes, the nurse asked about organ donations. It took me seconds to says what could anybody want or need. A few weeks later I received a letter in the mail that her corneas were valuable to others. Nearly one year later I received another letter with a card attached saying that 18+ individuals were pleasured and gifted with the corneas. I realized mom had taught us girls well. You never know who is the receiver of gifts; one person was able to help over 18 people to see. How many people can say that?

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