Pamela was born in Halifax, England and passed away peacefully on May 8, 2023 at 78 years of age in Calgary, Alberta. Pamela was the daughter of the late Alan and Rose Macfarlane, and sister to the late Keith Macfarlane. She is survived by her husband James, daughter Suzanne, son Mark, son-in-law Gordon, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Pamela lived in England until the age of 24. She attended school until 15, then worked in the sewing shop, then onto light engineering, all while living at home. She had many friends and any chance they had, they would holiday in different countries in Europe. Pam enjoyed going to dances and that is where she met her brother’s friend James.
Married in Mytholmroyd, England on March 30, 1968, the newlyweds embarked on their life-changing journey to Canada. Once landed in White Rock, BC, they began their new life. In 1969, along came Suzanne, then in 1972, Mark made the family complete. Off to a cattle ranch, then an orchard, farmer’s markets were next, and all required very hard work, something Pam never shied away from. Moves to Rock Creek, Oliver, Osoyoos, and eventually Calgary, kept her close to her children.
Pamela enjoyed travel to England to be with her family, as well as to the USA, especially Palm Springs, Laughlin, and Las Vegas. With her love for the casino barely matched by her love of all things British and most of all candies, she was a fun person to be around. Ready to laugh, make a joke or bust an impromptu dance move, she had a fabulous humour to her. She was very funny!
Pamela grew up with an admiration for the Queen and the Royal family. One of her favourite pastimes was to be at home enjoying her beloved Coronation Street. As for music, Pam enjoyed many concerts, especially Elton John. But her greatest music love was Bon Jovi! In 2007 when she had the opportunity to see Bon Jovi at the Calgary Stampede, she let out a boisterous “Yahoo!”.
Friends and family have always been drawn to Pam’s kind and caring spirit, especially children. Being as difficult as the last years of her life were for her, her spirit stayed intact. She was positive, realistic, and ready to meet any challenge, and that she did.
There are a thousand beautiful words to describe what kind of person Pam was—but none more powerful than “Our wonderful Mother, she was our little love.” She will be greatly missed, and we will love her forever.
The immediate family will have a Private Memorial Service at a future date.
As to Pamela’s special requests, she kindly asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) Society of Canada. It was her wish to try to help ease the suffering of others in the future.
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