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Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas

Margaret E. Sagert

Jan. 14, 1920-Sept. 28, 2011

Margaret E. Sagert died on Sept. 28 at the Blue Mountain Nursing Home in Prairie City. She was 91 years old.

She was born Jan. 14, 1920, in Portland.

For most of her life she lived in Tualatin.

In 1943, she married Earl Sagert, and they made their home on a farm in Tualatin, where they raised their two children.

She worked on the farm, raising chickens and delivering eggs. She also worked at Dickinson's Jams and Jellies.

She enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and bowling. She belonged to the Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include her son Gerald of Canyon City; daughter Kathleen Horning of Corvallis; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband Earl; her parents Harry and Deana Munniksma; brother Johnny Munniksma; and sister Dorothy Salzer.

Memorial donations may be made to the Carrie Young Memorial through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day 97845.

Private services were held at the Abbey Funeral Home in Portland on Oct. 1.

Doug Gifford

Sept. 13, 1952-Sept. 22, 2011

Doug Gifford died Sept. 22, nine days after his 59th birthday, when his fight with cancer ended. He had worked in Tigard for many years.

The only son of Gene and Marge Gifford, he was born Sept. 13, 1952, in Clarksburg, W.Va. He grew up in a house full of love, laughs, chores, big dogs and sisters Gail and Carol.

From coal-filled hills to big city life in Milwaukee, Wis., and Nashville, Tenn., he considered Oregon his home. He graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1970 and attended Oregon State University before joining the Navy as a nuclear submariner during the Vietnam War. He served on the USS Vallejo as an electrician's mate, receiving meritorious awards and service medals. He received a commendation for saving the life of a shipmate.

Mr. Gifford made his career in electrical engineering at Tigard's Coe Manufacturing and spent free time hunting, fishing, building and riding motorcycles and spending time with family and friends.

In 2000, he married Kristeen Teague. Together they built a full life of adventure, traveling, diving, camping and learning to fly. They enjoyed a busy life with her children Edan and Kyrissa. The family raised goats, chickens, cats and even more dogs.

Diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 48, Mr. Gifford was cancer-free for several years after surgery.

In 2007, he and his wife moved to the Florida Keys, where they enjoyed a laid-back life living on a sailboat, fishing for dinner and entertaining.

Mr. Gifford was a great storyteller.

With prostate-specific antigen numbers rising, Mr. Gifford took treatment in stride and made the most out of life.

After the Giffords returned to Oregon last spring, he faced advancing cancer with heart and courage. He fought hard, accepted limitations positively and showed his love easily.

The family recommends contacting a local cancer society about providing a PSA test, mammogram or other pre-screening method to someone who cannot afford it in one's community, or donate to Serenity Hospice of Oregon.

The family expressed gratitude to all who supported them the past four years of treatment, sharing hope, worry and sadness.

Doug Gifford's life was large, too short for his size, too quick for those left behind. 'I've had such a good life, I'm in no hurry to leave it' is how he saw things shortly before his fight with cancer ended.