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Penny Dorgan of Arizona; 16
grandchildren, and numerous
great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her hus-
band, Leiel Leroue, on July 29,
2016. A funeral will be held at
2:00 PM on Monday, February
6, at Smith-Lund-Mills chapel
in Cottage Grove. Burial will
be in Fir Grove cemetery. Me-
morial contributions may be
made to the American Diabetes
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Gary O. Brandt of Cottage Grove died
on February 4, 2017 at 4:00 AM. He was 73.
He was born on October 7, 1943 to Or-
ville “Bud” and Arline Brandt. He had fi ve
sisters, Jean, Marge, Barb, Cindy and
Kathy. He served in Vietnam in the 4 th
Infantry 3 rd Battalion. He was married to
Florence “Joy” Jensen for 52 wonderful years. Gary was owner
of Automotive grinding machine shop on Main Street in Cot-
tage Grove. He also served as a reserve offi cer with the Cot-
tage Grove Police Department for 37 years. He is survived by
his wife, Joy; daughters, Brenda Conklin and Becky Wood; 4
grandchildren, April Conklin, Tanya Wood, Tamra Wood, and
Breanna Bechtel; 3 step-grandchildren, Michael Conklin, Jeff
Conklin, and Heather Conklin; and 9 “great“grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by his parents, and by daughter, Brandi
Joy. A visitation will be held on Th ursday, February 9, 6:00-8:00
PM at Smith-Lund-Mills Chapel. A Memorial will be on Satur-
day, February 11, 2:00 PM, also at Smith-Lund-Mills Chapel. A
potluck reception will follow service.
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Victor Leeroy Doolittle, 94,
of Dorena, Ore. passed away
Jan. 18, 2017.
He was born at Woodard
Camp A near Cottage Grove on
Oct. 13, 1922 to Judd and Met-
ta (Mayben) Doolittle.
through the eighth grade, then
served in the U.S. Navy.
On July 27, 1945 in Los
Angeles, Calif., he and Bertha
Adalyne Reynolds were married.
He worked as a logger and in commercial fi shing.
He enjoyed gunsmithing, custom stocks, hunting, fi shing, wood-
working and boat building.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia McNally of Dorena, Ore.
and Kathy (Jim) Arvan of Goldendale, Wash., three sons, Ray (Joy)
Doolittle of Lakeside, Ore., Leslie Doolittle of Cottage Grove and
Alan and Evelyn Doolittle of Moore, ID, a sister, Donna Callahan of
Colorado Springs, Colo., a brother, Harold Doolittle of North Caroli-
na, 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife and two sons, Ronald Doo-
little and Gary Doolittle.
Services were held on Feb. 4 at Dorena Community Church. Ar-
rangements under the care of Smith-Lund-MIlls Funeral Chapel,
Nona Lee Leroue
Nona Lee Leroue of
Yoncalla passed away on
January 31 at the age of
85. She was born on No-
vember 22, 1931, in Phoe-
nix, AZ to parents Bert
M. and Sadie (Echols)
Stevens. She graduated
from high school in Leb-
anon, OR. Nona married
Leiel Leroue on August
14, 1950 in Vancouver,
WA. She was a homemak-
er, and made their house
a home. She loved music,
enjoyed cooking, making wed-
ding cakes, studying Scripture,
canning, freezing food, and col-
lecting dolls. She was always
busy. She was a member of
The Church of Jesus-Christ of
Latter-day Saints. Nona is sur-
vived by son, Tim (Cindy) Ler-
oue of Terrebonne, OR; daugh-
ter, Patty (Lonny) Jenkins of
Grants Pass, OR; son, David
(Jan) Leroue of Roseburg, OR;
daughter, Cathy (Bill) Simmons
of Cottage Grove; brother,
Ray Eddy of New York; sister,
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er of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored nearly 100
books, including Battlefi eld of the Mind and Seize the Day: Living
on Purpose and Making Every Day Count (Hachette). She hosts
the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on
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Victor Leeroy Doolittle
extremely messy, unorganized and seemingly couldn’t keep track
of anything. My youngest son, Daniel, struggled his way through
school, and I was convinced I would be taking care of him the rest
of my life.
I spent so much time worrying and trying to change them on
my own. Most of the time my efforts only seemed to make things
worse! Yes, I needed to be a good mother and help them in every
way I could. But instead of worrying, struggling, and making us all
miserable, I could have been praying, trusting God, and choosing to
believe everything would work out well in the end.
Today, my daughter Laura is so organized that one of her jobs is
to help keep my life organized! And Daniel? The boy who barely
made it through school is now the CEO of Joyce Meyer Ministries,
and he does a fantastic job! Now I look back and realize how much
time and effort I wasted worrying and struggling when God had
things under control all along!
You see, whether it’s ourselves or someone else, the Lord wants
us to seek His help, then rest in the knowledge that He is on the
case. God doesn’t want us to struggle; He wants us to believe. He
wants us to relax and enjoy our lives even while we’re waiting to
see things change.
So what are you struggling with today? Your behavior, your fi -
nances, your kids, or maybe other people? Here’s the best advice
I can give you: Run to God for help, receive His grace, then make
a fi rm decision to relax and enjoy your life while you trust Him to
change things. As you do, you will fi nd freedom from struggling...
and discover a new level of God’s peace and joy in the process.
For more on this topic, order Joyce’s four-CD series Living a
Life of Total Freedom. You can also contact us to receive our free
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Throughout the years I’ve been teaching God’s Word, people
have asked me, “Joyce, how do you live the Christian life?” My
answer surprises a lot of people. I tell them, “You can’t live the
Christian life, but God can live it through you!”
One of the greatest lessons I have ever learned is that we can’t
change ourselves—it is only by God’s grace that we can overcome
our weaknesses and become more like Him.
In John 15:5, Jesus says, “I am the Vine; you are the branches.
The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [oth-
erwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me]
you can do nothing” (AMP).
When we try to do things apart from God’s grace and strength,
we will just struggle. One of the best prayers we can pray is, “God,
Years ago, when I fi rst started reading the Bible and getting seri-
ous about my relationship with God, I began seeing all of the things
I needed to change—there were so many! I needed to clean up my
mind and my mouth; I had to overcome being so negative and judg-
mental; and my behavior toward my husband, Dave, also needed
I immediately went to work trying to do it myself, but I just end-
ed up very frustrated and made little progress because I was spend-
ing all of my own energy trying to something only God can do!
It was so wonderful when I fi nally got this revelation: God
doesn’t expect me to do it alone.
The best thing we can do is study God’s Word, especially in the
areas where we have weaknesses, and spend as much time with the
Lord as we can—whether it’s talking to Him in prayer or even just
sitting quietly in His presence.
As we diligently and humbly seek the Lord and receive His
grace, the Bible says we will change into His image “from glory to
glory” (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).
The apostle Paul, who wrote a large part of the New Testament
and is widely regarded as one of the great men of the early Church,
realized he could do nothing without God’s help.
In Romans 7:15, 18 (AMPC) he says, “I do not practice or ac-
complish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I loathe [which
my moral instinct condemns]. …I can will what is right, but I can-
not perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but
no power to carry it out].”
Have you ever intended to do the right thing but still struggled
and couldn’t make it happen regardless of how hard you tried? Paul
was going through the very same thing, but he provides us with the
answer in verses 24 and 25:
“Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body
of death? O thank God! [He will!]…”
Paul is saying we can’t do it on our own, but God will do it
through us if we let Him.
This same principle applies to our relationships with other peo-
ple—we can’t change them.
When my children were young, I was certain that a couple of
them would never make it on their own. My daughter Laura was
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