Mamie English Cisneros Memorial Fund
Mamie was unforgettable! She filled any room she was in. She had flair, she had style, she had courage and passion. The Mamie who we will remember was beautiful inside and out; she was light and laughter. She was a devoted friend, generous and kind. She loved her children fiercely. Her children, family and friends loved her, too and will miss her for the rest of our lives.
Mamie was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and graduated high school in 1997. She didn’t particularly enjoy school, at least not the academic part, and upon graduation was ready and anxious to start living her ‘real’ life. She and a friend decided joining the military would give them the independence they sought, so she joined the Navy. Mamie achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class as a Hospital Corpsman and retired in 2016. Throughout her Navy years, her home base was the San Diego area, but she deployed to Kenya and Iraq, and served on the hospital ship Mercy in the South Pacific Islands, and on the USS Carl Vinson in the Gulf. As a mother of young children, her deployments were particularly difficult for her and her family.
As Mamie’s time in the military went on, the stress of service built up. Periods of trauma and events associated with combat led to a diagnosis of PTSD and depression which then became a continued struggle. But Mamie loved her family, loved life and struggled to achieve wellness. She didn’t want to leave us.
100% of your gift in memory of Mamie will fund the training of PTSD service dogs for U.S. military veterans.