Pamela Sue Severe

Born: Wed., Jul. 30, 1952
Died: Fri., Jul. 13, 2012

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A long life resident of Pendleton Oregon, Pamela Sue Severe, 59, died unexpectedly on Friday July 13, at OHSU in due to complications from cancer. Pam was born the third child of Geraldine and Jerry Severe on July 30th 1952, in Pendleton, OR. Pam attended Pendleton High School class of 1970, BMCC from 1970-1971 and Brigham Young University from 1971-1974, graduating with her Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandizing. She married Brad McKay, her high school sweetheart on June 12th 1974 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They later divorced but remained friends and raised their children Chaz and Brooke together. As a teenager and college student, Pam worked for John Smith and Beamer, and Lamb Westen as a truck driver, Smith Canning Company, Pendleton Pool as a life guard, Wolfs in Provo and later worked for Pendleton Woolen Mills in Portland, US Bank, Wilcox Furniture and for the last 20 years as the Executive Director of Pendleton Underground Tours which she dedicated her life to and made it what it is today. Pam was one of the founders and served as the President of on the Eastern Oregon Alcohol Foundation and Oregon Tourism Council Pam loved to ride horses, ski, write, dance and swim. She especially loved being with her children and grandchildren who brought her laughter and joy. Family was a great part of her life. She included them in all that she did not only her children but her Mom, sisters, brothers and nieces and nephews. They all adored her. She is survived by her children, daughter Brooke McKay and grandson Cayman Fine, son Chaz Gretchen McKay , grandchildren Brance and Kale. Her Mother Geraldine Severe Pendleton, four sisters, MichelleSteve Nordstrom Spokane, GloriaChuck Heileson Idaho Falls, Laurie Bob Foster Hillsboro OR. Jerry Julie Severe Terreton, Idaho, Toni Carlos Marcelin Portland OR, and 21 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, her father Jerald Severe, her ex-husband, Brad McKay, and a nephew. Funeral Services will be held Friday July 20th, 1:00 at the LDS Church. The family will greet friends from 11:30 until 12:50. A memorial fund will be set up at Banner Bank under the Working Girls account, a portion of the donations will go to the restoration of the cozy rooms façade. A short graveside service will be held at the Teton Idaho Cemetery, Monday July 23 at 11:00am. Send condolences: www.burnsmortuary.com

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Arne and Linda Swanson
   Posted Wed July 18, 2012
Sometimes our lives are touched by someone so special, their passing causes us to reflect. Pam's passing has prompted us to give thanks for her sweet spirit and her wonderful talents. Truly, a Pendleton treasure who will be greatly missed. Blessings to your family.

Vivian Ingalls Larsen
   Posted Wed July 18, 2012
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Pam. She will be missed.

Greg Brooks
   Posted Wed July 18, 2012
Pam, you will always remain in my heart as one of the most caring and beautiful people I have ever known.

Pamela Wachter
   Posted Wed July 18, 2012
Brooke-So sorry for the loss of your mom. I have such great memories of working with her on the underground tours. She was a special lady and the Underground will forever be a testament to her. Take care and call if you need anything.

Millie west
   Posted Wed July 18, 2012
Chaz& Brooke I am so sorry for your lose my heart going out to you and your family. Your mom will be greatly missed, God Bless you all, Millie

Phyllis Fisher
   Posted Wed July 18, 2012
Pam was a very special lady and so kind. Very grateful I had the pleasure of knowing her.

Mike Hyde
   Posted Thu July 19, 2012
I am saddened to hear about Pam. I worked with Pam quite a bit back in the early days of the Underground Tours and always admired her for her dedication to her downtown project and her community. Such a great loss for Pendleton!

Wendy
   Posted Thu July 19, 2012
You will be so missed. My cousins, daughter and I have traveled from Olympia, Wa. many times to stay at the Working Girls and always admired you and your beauty. Many prayers to the family from us. Sincerely, Wendy Sorrell

Tedde White Holcomb
   Posted Thu July 19, 2012
Geraldine & family: Our sympathies to your entire family. We will never forget the good old days on 4th street and the Pioneer Park kids and neighbors. We were all family. Pam will be missed and always loved and remembered for her sweet spirit and drive to make the Underground a very special place. God Bless from your old neighbors across the street; Ted & Louise White's kids: Tedde, Tina, Jim & Clarke

Terry Becktold
   Posted Fri July 20, 2012
Pam and I shared some great times at the Underground and Ice Cream Parlor. She was a good friend.

Diane Hargrove
   Posted Fri July 20, 2012
Pam you will be missed, blessings to your children I know you will always be with them. deepest regards,

Rylee Ettinger and Family
   Posted Sat July 21, 2012
Dear Cayman, Brooke and Family: Thinking of you in this time of loss. Love and Prayers, Rylee Ettinger and Family

Jeff Rydalch & Family
   Posted Sat July 21, 2012
I was sorry to hear about Pam passing away. She and I were the same age and although we are first cousins we didn't see a lot of each other over the years. My three girls and I stopped by the underground last summer and we had a good time. It was good to see that Pam and her family are taking care of Duff's stuff and that they had a video of him and a display of his handy work. Our family wishes Pam's extended family peace at this special time. Love Jeff Lillian Severe's son, Kristen, Mattie, and Lindsey

John E. Jones
   Posted Tue July 24, 2012
My condolances to the Severe family for their loss.pam was A good friend when we lived in Pendleton.

Kricket Nicholson
   Posted Thu July 26, 2012
Pam was one of those people who was 'cheerful in all weathers'. She truly cared about others and always remembered small details about their lives, loves and losses. Family was number one with Pam, and friends were a close second. I am a better person for having known her. What a hole she leaves in all our hearts! A hole that must now be filled with memories of her sweet smile, infectious laugh, and warm hugs. I believe we will always feel her presence throughout the Underground as we carry on her passion of bringing Pendleton's history to light and life.

anna m salvador
   Posted Thu August 16, 2012
SHE WILL BE SO MISSD SHE WAS A FUNNY LOVEING AND WOLD GAVE YOU HER LAST 100

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