December 11, 2012
Pamela Joan Phillips
We will have a reception directly afterwards at 11am. Anyone can say something, tell a story or share a memory about mom at the reception. You may bring a photo or artifact to share. Link to Facebook event.
February 1st, 1946 – October 21st 2012
Pam was born in Whittier, California to Norman Hangen and Grace Brown. After graduating from High school Pam set off to see the world. A flight attendant for over 35 years, she started her career in the golden days of air travel when flying was fun and glamorous, working for TWA and later American Airlines. It is nearly impossible to comprehend how many places Pam visited and the sights she has seen. Her fondness for travel and seeing the world was something she enjoyed sharing with family and friends. Anyone who ever traveled with her was lucky to experience how to really take a vacation.
Pam was a woman of fabulous style and exquisite taste, to many she may have seemed to be perfect in nearly every way; in fact her kids believed she was actually Mary Poppins for most of their young childhood. In 2007 Pam moved to Hillsboro, OR to start the next chapter of her life as a doting grandmother. She never slowed down, even when diagnosed with ovarian cancer in early 2009. She believed everything happened for a reason and the reason for her fight with cancer was to give her the experience and opportunity to write a book she believed could help others.
Her children will miss her endless suggestions, wearing out the grand-kids and general love and appreciation of everything they did even when what they did wasn’t that great. She was a good mom and a great Nonni. She was a generous and compassionate woman who knew love.
Pam leaves behind her brother Gary Hangen and his wife Ledeen, her daughter Heather Schlegel, son Chad Schlegel and his wife Shanon and their two children Aedyn and Sadie.
Her obituary can be found here as well.
November 7, 2012
We are having Mom’s Memorial Service on Saturday, December 15, 2012. It will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.
All all welcome. We ask that you bring a photo or memory artifact to share your memory of this fine woman.
You can RSVP in the comments or view and RSVP the Facebook Event here.
October 25, 2012
This is Heather, PDXFirefly’s daughter again. I am sorry to say, that my mom, and your dear friend has left on her last flight in this world. Her flight departed on Sunday evening, just before 7pm. She had her seatbelt buckled, her tray was stowed and her seat was, well in this case, very much reclined. She was calm and peaceful and serene. I am sure she had a fantastic view of the clouds on her last flight. She was surrounded by my brother, me, her little dog, Mercedes, and a fantastic woman, Kori, who was taking care of us all.
Her last days were filled with family and friends. One of my favorite memories, from Friday afternoon, was sitting around her bed, with two of her friends as she got a pedicle – teal of course. We chatted and laughed, and it felt like any normal friday. Except it wasn’t. It was mom’s last friday. Saturday, my brother brough his family over and mom spent special time with everyone. It was her last visit with them. Her brother, Gary, spent much of last week here with us all too. Sad circumstances for everyone to be together, but there was lots of love.
Although not much acknowledged on the blog, my brother, Chad, has been phenomenal in taking care of mom through her battle. I would like to mention her P.E.O. sisters, who have given much much support. I want to thank Dee, her editor and dear friend, for everything. For especially jumping on an airplane with no notice to be with us in mom’s last days. Finally, I want to thank all you, dear readers. For your prayers, for your comments, for your support and for being mom’s friend. I convinced mom to start this blog many years ago and I’m glad she’s been able to connect with you through this medium.
I would like to share stories about mom. So if you have any you’d like to write, on your own blog, or email them to me (heathervescent at gmail dot com) along with any photos, I will try to post them. Through this process, I have gotten to know my mom as you know her. Not just as being her daughter. She was a pretty fantastic mom, and over and over I hear about what a fantastic friend she was as well.
Mom fought a huge battle. She asked for a miracle, and I believe she was given one. That’s why I think she was with us for as long as she was. We all wish she was with us now. And in some ways, I like to think she is. I don’t know about you, but I have a version of mom in my head. It’s not the full mom, just the person I know. I can always talk to that person in my head. It won’t be the same as calling her up on the phone, like I did a couple weeks ago. But it’s better than nothing. I will miss her a lot.
xo for now,
October 18, 2012
This is Heather, PDXFirefly’s daughter. It’s been a while since Mom has been able to update the blog, so I wanted to write a quick post. I will ask her to dictate something to me to post later. Short story, Mom took a turn for the worst a few months ago. She was coming back from a trip and the cancer came back rearing it’s ugly face. We’ve tried a lot of the things we tried before, but they are not working very well. Her number keep going up. For the past two weeks, Mom has been staying at home, leaving only to go to the Doctors appointments. She is not getting better. We don’t expect her to get better.
Now would be the time to share how much you love PDXFirefly. Call her if you have her number. You can email her, but she hasn’t checked email in a few weeks (I am slowly going through them over the next few days). Text her. And of course, send your prayers and loving thoughts. If you want to see her again, I suggest you immediately get on an airplane to PDX.
I hope to have an update from PDXFirefly later today.
Thanks to all of you who have supported my Mom through this journey, this battle. Your support means so much to her and to us.
June 17, 2012
Here is wishing all father’s a very happy and joyful Father’s Day today!!!
November 28, 2011
It’s a long story –so I’ll make it short. I am having chemo again this morning. I put it off for over a week in order to better enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday with my family. And our holiday was GREAT!!! Thank you my wonderful children and family!
February 11, 2010
Portland Firefly apologizes for not writing sooner, but I have had a computer glitch. It is still not worked out yet, so I am using an alternate computer. More to follow soon……
January 26, 2010
On January 31st, the Grammys will be broadcast live from Los Angeles. During the program Michael Jackson will be honored with a tribute. Part of which will be broadcast in 3-D.
Jackson will be a focal point of the show, with an unprecedented posthumous tribute. The Grammys will broadcast a 3-D clip the singer made for his hit “Earth Song,” a video that was to be integral to his comeback concerts in London in July 2009 – shows that never happened because of his June 25 death in Los Angeles.
Usher, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson will perform alongside the clip, which Ehrlich says will be the first time an awards show will feature 3-D.
“There are these incredible images of the beauties of nature, and then they are seen through the eyes of a little girl, and that girl falls asleep and when she wakes up, she is witness to the destruction of nature,” said Ehrlich. “It’s all about questioning what our values are.”
Viewers can get free 3-D “Grammy” glasses from Target stores nationwide from Jan. 24 through Jan. 31, when the 52nd annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS (8 p.m. EST). TV viewers can see the clip without the glasses, but won’t see the 3-D effect.
Jackson will be honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy during the show.
The above information was taken from an AP story.
Portland Firefly had the opportunity to view a TV commercial in 3-D last year and it is totally cool! Be sure to stop by your local Target store and pick up your free 3-D glasses!
December 24, 2009
Portland Firefly wishes all of you a very Blessed and Merry Christmas.
November 4, 2009
Hello to all of my faithful readers. Portland Firefly has been on a little writing hiatus which I shall explain in greater detail hopefully next week. Suffice it to say that my sweet Daughter-in-Law has been unable to care for my Grandson for the last many weeks and Nonni has been called into caring service. There are no complaints from me here and I’ll let you know more as I am able.
In the meantime, please take this opportunity to get caught up on my past writings. “Talk” to you soon.
October 30, 2009
To my friends from Dallas that I keep running into …. Please email me so I can give you some more info… See you soon!!!! ~~~~ Portland Firefly
September 1, 2009
Recently I wrote a post about shredding my life. I commented about shredding all the papers that have accumulated over the years and the memories – some painful, some lovely–associated with those papers.
A dear reader commented on the Stuff and the Fluff associated with our lives suggesting that we should get rid of the Fluff and just deal with the Stuff in our lives. That got me to thinking about the Fluff. We all know about the Stuff in our lives and how it tends to be a time consuming bundle of necessities. Ah, but the Fluff is just that ~ Fluff ~ and not necessary, but enjoyable and I think that enjoyment is essential to living a complete well-rounded life.
And so dear reader, I must disagree with you on this point. I would rather dispense with the Stuff in my life and keep the enjoyable Fluff. For to me, the Fluff is the Stuff of life!!!!
June 21, 2009
Today is the fist full day of summer and it is also the longest day of the year…. and the shortest night of the year.
May 20, 2009
Greetings from Portland Firefly’s Hospital Room. The surgery went great and the doctor was very pleased with the results. Portland Firefly is very tired but recovering and should be able to return home soon. Thank you for all your prayers. Miracles do happen.
Posted by Heathervescent, Portland Firefly’s Daughter.
November 23, 2008
Well, the big remodel project is finally winding down; although I will say that this last bit of work has been the second most unsettling part of all. The plumber is in the kitchen right now, hooking up my sink. I have been without Kitchen water for a week, so I’ll be happy to be able to use the dishwasher again.
The painter just left picking up his last drop cloth and used paint cans and a brush that he was kind enough to allow me to borrow for a few hours while I finished up a project. The biggest problem here is that the painters were happy to move all my heavy furniture out of their way so they could paint the ceiling and walls in the great room, but “because they had now had paint on their clothes” they didn’t move it all back!
Opps, sorry about that …I was called away from the computer by the plumber who is having a struggle getting the garbage disposal to seal properly. Finally it is in and the sink is functional! Yea!!
This big strong plumber is so kind…. He asked me if he could help me move my heavy dining room furniture back into place! He asked me if he could help!! I was so grateful that he offered, because I wanted to ask him to help me but decided not to. It is so much nicer when someone offers help, isn’t it? Anyway, getting the dining room furniture back into place was a big relief. Now I am able to put all of the dishes back into the china cabinets and get them off of my new countertops. Why is it that when you paint or redo one room all of the other adjacent rooms are discomboobled?
Having my entire house “under redo” for several months has been a strain. I sometimes think that I would like to just get rid of most of it….but then I look at all my pretties and think of all the fun I have entertaining with them and decide to keep most of it for a while longer.
Time to go and try to see if I can get the TV to work again after moving it so much.