May 11, 1953 — Sept. 12, 2013
Pam passed away on Sept. 12 at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany in the wonderful care of her fellow colleagues.
She was born May 11, 1953, in Kansas City, Mo., to Robert Worden Engle and Veneta Mae Taylor.
Pam was always proud of the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing that she obtained from the University of Michigan in 1975. As a nurse, she worked most recently for Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, providing in-home care. Prior to that, she worked for Samaritan Home Health as a lactation consultant. During that tenure she helped hundreds of new mothers at a critical time in their lives, and loved the satisfaction of turning a tearful mom into a seasoned breast-feeder. She enjoyed teaching her trade at Linn-Benton Community College and Florida State University, and took pleasure in seeing her former students working in the field. Pam’s nature was to nurture and she was honored to have provided a full spectrum of care from beginning to end of life.
Pam was a unique soul, who marched to a different drum. She enjoyed life to its fullest, was almost always upbeat, and enjoyed being able to laugh at anything, especially herself. She was outgoing and loved to meet new people, many of whom instantly became her new “best friend.” Friends, acquaintances and strangers alike found it natural to confide in her, sharing anything from their most embarrassing moment to their life story. She would have given Barbara Walters a run for her money as an interviewer. She excelled at being a mother and extended the caring for her own children to their friends. Through her vast network of relationships, Pam made the world seem smaller, more neighborly.
Pam is survived by her husband of 37 years, Michael Bartholomew; sons Nicholas Adam Bartholomew and Jason “Jay” Michael Bartholomew (Erin Flesch) of Portland; daughter Jill Taylor Valenti (Brett) and granddaughter Taylor Evelyn Valenti of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters Robin Ecklund (Philip) of Boulder, Colo., and Katie Fagan (Thomas) of Kailua, Hawaii; her best friend Cynthia Minton of Albany; and her beloved cat, Mazda.
She was preceded in death by her parents in 2012.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to the Benton County Humane Society or the Benton County Public Library to honor her love of all animals and her joy of reading.
A celebration of life is being planned. Details on date and location are to be determined.
McHenry Funeral Home is handling arrangements (www.mchenryfuneralhome.com).