In Memory

Doreene Clement

Doreene Clement

                                                           

Doreene Clement, the author of The 5 Year Journal™, was a youngster when she began working in several Arizona restaurants that were owned and operated by her mother. Even at 11, she was naturally gifted as a people-person. It was here she learned about business and the value of self-reliance.  In 1974, at the age of 23 she purchased and completely revamped an already successful craft store in Greater Phoenix. Offering a welcome multi-faceted inventory of supplies and products, she developed extensive classes and self-published and distributed several books on the art of macrame that have sold over 1 million copies.

Doreene also had a weekly craft demonstration segment on one of Phoenix's prime television talk shows at the time hosted by Rita Davenport called "Open House with Rita Davenport."

In late 1999 Doreene authored, self-published, printed, distributed and eventually sold over 15,000 copies of The 5 Year Journal™. In 2002 she began writing a monthly column entitled "About Journaling". These were articles on how to keep a journal or a diary and many are still relevant today.

In 2003 Doreene was diagnosed with two different and rare types of breast cancer. She made a personal choice to manage her health through natural and alternative treatment. Doreene continued making public speaking engagements and writing even when she wasn't well. Her dedication to The 5 Year Journal™ and the numerous benefits that she knew this book provided is what kept her strong. What also inspired and motivated her to fight this disease was the writing of her memoir. She began writing this new book about her cancer journey and preferred to refer to herself as a 'Cancer Victor' rather than a cancer survivor.

In 2004 Doreene moved in with her good friend Sandy Rogers, who not only helped cared for her, but also managed her business, sale and distribution of her beloved book The 5 Year Journal™. In 2006 Doreene completed another book entitled So Blessed: A Memoir, An Inspirational Exploration of Life and Living. She used the following to define the word blessed. 

In March 2007 Doreene's cancer returned and on June 14, 2007 Doreene made a conscious decision to move onto her next journey, to her transition from this life. Before she left, she asked Sandy to continue the legacy of The 5 Year Journal™ and to do whatever she may be able to do to have her book So Blessed published as well. Doreene's attorney drew up all the proper paperwork and Doreene turned all ownership, trademark, copyright and publishing rights to both these works over to Sandy with her dying wish that The 5 Year Journal™ be kept in print, as well as asked her to write the last chapter of her beloved book So Blessed. Sandy promised to do her best to honor Doreene’s wish.



 
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09/12/19 03:17 PM #1    

Julie Diaz

Doreen was cool! She was one of the hip ones, as far as I was concerned. Always going places cool and doing things together. You are missed my friend. I will never forget you.

Until we meet again, keep shining like the Diamond you always were. XO Julie Diaz


09/13/19 11:58 AM #2    

Carol Hazelett

YES, DOREEN CLEMENT WAS VERY COOL.  SHE GLIDED THRU THE WEST HIGH HALLWAYS. THE LAST TIME I SAW HER WAS , I THINK, AT OUR 20TH REUNION WHEN SHE HAD A BEST SELLER BOOK. WHICH WAS A "BLANK" LARGE BOOK TO JOURNAL IN!  WHO KNEW!!!  & SHE WAS GETTING ROYALITY CHECKS SHE TOLD ME FOR YEARS!    WE NEED TO PUT ALL OUR RESOURCES TOGETHER AND FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO HER.  SHE IS MISSED.  CAROL HAZELETT


09/14/19 10:02 AM #3    

Angela Agnew (Tsutsumida)

Doreene was also a friend of mine. I can no longer find the link. but believe she developed a complex form of cancer. 


09/18/19 05:18 PM #4    

Carol Hazelett

THANK YOU ROBYN UNWIN WRIGHT FOR FINDING MORE INFO. ON OUR BELOVED DOREENE AND EDITING IT  & ADDING TO HER EMPTY PAGE TODAY, 9/18/19.  DOREENE DESERVES TO BE INCLUDED IN OUR MEMORIES & WEST HIGH WEB ACTIVITIES AND HONORED AS A DEAR FRIEND TO MANY OF US.  ALSO, THANKS TO ANGELA AGNEW T. FOR BEING HELPFUL AND SUPPORTIVE OF THIS.  WE LOVED DEAR DOREENE.  SINCERELY, CAROL HAZELETT.


10/05/19 11:03 PM #5    

Francine Crowley (Douglas)

Doreene was my friend from 5th grade at Clarendon until she passed from this world.
We worked on the yearbook together for two years at West.
She was the editor.
It was a job she was very proud of and took seriously, putting in long hours, checking every detail and following up on every task.
We have Doreene to thank as we look up old friends and past experiences in our yearbooks, laugh and share forgotten memories.
She loved going to the West High reunions, and she would have loved celebrating this special 50 year reunion with everyone too.
I know she would've been very touched and grateful for your remembrances.

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