Debra Lynn (Driscoll) Sajovic
July 6, 1955 - July 31, 2020
Debra Lynn Sajovic was born in Portland to Glenn and Sharon (Rose) Driscoll. She succumbed to complications due to early-onset Alzheimer's. Debi grew up in the Mt. Scott Park area and attended Portland schools. She graduated from Marshall High School and attended Mount Hood Community College.
In 1975 she married Randy Sajovic in Manti, Utah. They eventually settled in Canby, Ore., and had three children.
Debi had an incredibly strong work ethic and worked from a young age: berry picking, babysitting, restaurants, US Bank where she helped customers with their accounts, her own house cleaning business, Canby schools lunch program and in senior care centers. She enjoyed working with people, especially mingling with junior high kids as the kitchen manager at Ackerman Junior HS in Canby and with senior citizens at Spring Ridge Court assisted living in Charbonneau. She loved the residents in the memory care unit and spent countless hours of personal time with them, often being the only person with them as they died.
Debi was a volunteer in Canby schools and especially enjoyed working in the Green Room during junior high and high school plays for a number of years sewing costumes.
Debi was a longtime volunteer with the American Red Cross. She got her start assisting impacted people during local emergencies such as apartment fires and floods. She later traveled to help people in other parts of the country who had been impacted by wild fires, floods, hurricanes and other disasters. She was especially moved by her experiences in Mississippi and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina which ravaged the Gulf Coast. She was profoundly affected by her service at the respite center for rescue workers at ground zero of the World Trade Center after 9/11. She carried the effects of that assignment with some breathing problems from the smoke, dust and fumes.
Debi loved to quilt and garden. Her quilts were not for show but for humanitarian aid and inevitably for people she thought could use a lift from a gift. She loved her flowers and enjoyed the solitude of working in her garden. Visitors always remarked on the varied beauty of the blooms. And then she would cut them and give them to those she thought needed a little gift and beauty in their lives.
She was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many church positions but especially loved teaching young children, attending youth camps where she either helped run the kitchen or taught crafts, and providing humanitarian service.
Her other pride and joys were her grandchildren. She was especially close to her three adopted grandsons. She loved all ten and enjoyed doing grandma things with them.
Debi was extraordinary in that she did small ordinary things that uplifted those hurting, down-trodden or in need, often quietly and always kindly and with love. She will be missed by many.
Debi is survived by her husband of nearly 45 years, Randy; her daughters, Michelle (Greg) Coxey and Myndi (Luke) Hemphill; son, Jordan (Tahsha); grandchildren, Noah, Sam, Andrew, Henry, Finn, Ruby, Camden, Turner, Adelaide and Colt; her mother; sister, Robin Mathias; and brother Chris. She was predeceased by her father.
Consistent with her desire to be an organ donor, her body is being devoted for research, especially to pursue any insights into early-onset Alzheimer's with which she was afflicted many years ago and suffered mightily with the last four years. Disposition will by cremation. No service is planned at this time because of public gathering restrictions due to the corona virus. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Debi would encourage donations to the American Red Cross, Alzheimer's Association
, or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints humanitarian aid fund.
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