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  • Sep 1, 2011 7:56pm

    I was among the many who were able to attend the memorial party for Sandee "Sam". I know she was there and was pleased with the "whole sheebang". She is with each and every one of us and is just as close as a memory. I am proud to call her "my little big sister". Thank you, Sandee for being there for me all these years. With love, Lin

    Lin Anderson

  • Aug 29, 2011 8:37pm

    She spoke to me this very day...
    And this is what she had to say:

    Of all the things I ever knew~
    The easiest was loving YOU!
    Remember I am always here,
    Smiling, watching- keeping near.
    Reminding every one of you
    That  though my work on earth is through,
    Hope lives on until the day
    That we are are not so far away.
    I've left you for a little while
    Please let that bring a happy smile.
    For I'm not gone- we're not apart~
    I'm still the love inside your heart.

    ~Thank you for spending a beautiful day together in my honor~

    Mom, Sis, Auntie, Grammy, & Sam

    Sandee "Sam" Hood

  • Aug 26, 2011 7:32pm

    I never met Sam, but I have met her three daughters, and am very close with one of them, Holly.  If Sam was half of the wonderful human being that Holly is, then she was someone to be cherished.  I am so thankful for Miles and Holly, for the times they have been there for me when I needed a friend the most.  It saddens me that I can't be there in Oregon during this time.  But want you to know how much I love you both, and am thinking of you.  Love, Stan

    Stan DeWitt

  • Aug 25, 2011 10:51pm

    Shawn, HolliAnn, Stacie, Darcie and all who were fortunate to know Sandee/Sam Hood. Sam came into my life when I was about 15 - that's more than 35 yrs ago. It was a time when I was desparate for a mentor and my Creator brought me to her at the farm. She taught me and put up with me and loved me and I will miss her for a very long time.

    I am certain she would prefer we celebrate her life rather than mourn her death for very long.... that's just the way she rolled!!! Sam appreciated  life and all living creatures and foilage. She came to my house one time for one of my grandchildren's 6th birthday party - when she got bored, I found her weeding my garden!

    She taught me about culture and the land and the people. No words are sufficient to express my appreciation for our relationship and the relationship I have with Shawn and his family now. I haven't seen the girls in some time only because I moved away, but I wish you all well as you feel this loss. Part of an old Irish adage included a hope that she got to where she was goin "10 minutes before the devil knew she was gone."

    With love, LouLou

    jamilou tisdale

  • Aug 25, 2011 3:51pm

    I was the "little sister", the "tag-a-long", and probably a royal pain when we were growing up. But to me, Sandee was everything I always wanted to be. She was a big sister any girl would be proud to have and I looked up to her. I always tried to tell her, but in her modesty, she would just pooh pooh it off. She was the wind beneath my wings. I love her and will miss her but I know I will see her again. Now, she can spend time with dad. "I'll see ya later."


    Lin Anderson

  • Aug 24, 2011 9:59pm

    Sam was a co-worker, neighbor and friend. When I gave her a bracelet reflecting my own attitude toward cancer, she howled with delight. Hers was an amazing and infectious spirit. She'll be missed. Curt Harris


    Curt Harris

  • Aug 24, 2011 2:22pm

    One time Sam told me she loved the color blue. She gave me a jacket that was blue with little white leaves when I was cold in the office one day, said, "keep it". She sure was a storyteller, passing on the oral traditions, the teachings. We brought pictures of our kids to show and tell, and whenever we were together that is what we thought on, our children. She was a mentor professionally and personally. If you ever watch the Native film Smoke Signals, there is a clip where Irene Bedard's character says, "we kept each other's secrets."  Some of mine went with Sam into the four winds and same here.

    At her South Bend home she gave me another sweater that I wear constantly, red and black, Northwest Coastal tribes' colors, cozy, a sweater for winter and football and travelling. No matter if it was her favorite item, she would just give it to you. Sounds like others have had that experience with Sam. Guess what? That is the Indian way.

    My kids loved Sam. They were 15, 11, 10, 8 and 5 when they met her.  My youngest always called Sam-the "girl with the cats", or Sambo, so we all did.  That fit, because Sam would also give everybody a nickname, even at the office!  That was just her Indian funny bone acting up. When we would visit her in South Bend when she just moved into her pretty house she would pack grocery bags of food she canned and baked bread, just because. Sam sure loved her kitchen. She bragged on it all the time, the old fashioned stoves/wood burning and all. Sam helped me take care of my family. She was a teacher and had a spirit of listening as well.

    We talked about being Black Irish. She cleared up a mystery for me on that one. In so many ways we retain who we were once, from childhood, don't you think?  I could always see that kid in Sam, in all the good ways. Curiousity, joy, stubbornness, creativity, her laugh, all gifts.

    Wishes? That our paths would have crossed earlier. Regrets? That we didn't travel even once together, like we talked about. The years spun out. No, never mind...we will get a chance again!  Indians never say goodbye, they say, "see you later".

    Aho, All my relations.



    Jeanne Paul

  • Aug 24, 2011 1:28pm

    I will be there

    Susan Danielski

  • Aug 24, 2011 1:54am

    At a time like this, it's always difficult to find the right words to comfort the pain and terrible loss one feels when they say good by to a loved one so very dear to them.  Their absence leaves such a large hole in your heart.  Fill that hole with all those wonderful memories you have made with your Mom.  Talk about her and laugh together as you remember all the wonderful times together. Be ever so greatful for the times spent with her, and try to find comfort knowing that you all were able to talk, laugh, and yes cry as you helped her march from this world into the next!  I like to think that this life is but a journey into the next.  Leave any regrets behind, and anticipate your next journey......Snoozin...

    susan shultz

  • Aug 22, 2011 11:25am

    I'll be there.

    Love, ML

    Mary Lynn Archibald

  • Aug 21, 2011 7:19am

    Thinking of you all! Much love to you,

    Kim Bissell

  • Aug 20, 2011 5:02pm

    Holly and Darcie, I am thinking of you both, sending love, support, healing and laughter, oh and a few prayers too. Your mom is extraordinary woman and mother, she gave both of you such love and fascination for life. You two compliment her in the way you live, love and give to each other and others world such as mine. I am sad to know about your mom and grateful to know she brought such fabulous people into the world, you here wonderful, thoughtful vivacious daughters. She is smiling now and is loving you both soooooooooooo much. Take care of yourselves and as always you can talk with me and I will listen.

    Much love,

    Marilynn Russell

    marilynn russell

  • Aug 19, 2011 2:26pm

    I had the pleasure to know a very funny, loving and giving woman for awhile and I will always cherish those moments. Loved you then and still love you. To the girls, I am truly sorry for your lost. Sambo will always be watching you, I believe in that.

    J N

  • Aug 19, 2011 11:03am

    My sympathies to your families.

    Dave Schwanke

  • Aug 19, 2011 10:21am

    it is with great sadness to say goodbye to aunt Sandee.  She provided years of great memories and always gave the best thought out xmas gifts!  I will always have her in my heart.  My love to you all of my cuz's, Steve


    steve hood

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