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August 22, 1951 – Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Service Information
St. Marys Catholic Church in Red Lake, MN
Monday November 11, 2013
1:00 PM

Visitation Information
The Redby Community Center in Redby, MN
Saturday November 9, 2013
Beginning at 2:00 PM

Patricia Elaine Prentice, “ Memengwaawike” (Butterfly Woman), age 62 of Redby, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at Bemidji Sanford Hospital.

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. And all the dancers in the family. 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.

Preceded in death by Father, mother, brother, grandparents and several aunties and uncles. also 5 babies.

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

Private Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery in Red lake, Minnesota

The wake will begin on Saturday, November 9th at 2:00 PM at the Redby Community Center and continue until the time of 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.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Diane Clarie Brown

    Gigahwahbomin Trisha,
    We were friends almost 40 years ago through the Indian Health Board Clinic -trip to South Dakota in 1977, frying frybread in the hot Prairie Island pow-wow sun. Super big hugs in later years when I could get up to Red Lake. I pray for her family and friends and know that she lived a life of love, caring, and giving with all her heart and soul. I will dearly miss not seeing her again. Trisha made a bright mark on the world for us to remember how joy can still come out of sadness.
    See you later Trish.

  2. Gloria Mosley

    Dear Prentice family,
    Please accept my deep regrets for your loss. You don’t know me, but I wanted to share what helped to me when I lost my whole family to our greatest enemy, death. That always brings pain and grief, but hope and comfort is found in Jehovah Gods word the Bible at John 11:11 and Mark 5:39 that they’re just asleep and Jesus states at John 5:28,29 that we’ll see them again and this helps me get through each day because I miss them so much. I truly hope these scriptures have helped in some way because this is my purpose in sharing this with you. Please know I share your grief.
    Gloria Mosley

  3. Laurie Neadeau

    My deepest condolences to your family. Trish always had a smile on her face whenever I saw her! (made me smile)

  4. Denise Estey Lindquist

    I always enjoyed working and visiting with Trisha! I will always miss her! My condolences to her family and community as I know how she will be missed!


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