Date of Birth: September 18, 1954
Date of Death: July 12, 2022
Pam Christ, who was known for her warm, healing hands and cocoon hugs that radiated love, died in her home on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, of a sudden heart attack. She was 67. She is survived by her husband Robert (“Bob”); children and grandchildren: Jason (wife Gina, children Ethan, Brendan, Jacob, and Gianna), Jennifer (husband Randy, children Felipe and Naomi), and Sean (wife Raelynna, children Lily and Parker); sisters Lisa and Allison; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list, but not forgotten. Pam was born on September 18, 1954, in Lawrenceburg, TN, to Ola Elizabeth Jackson and Robert Meade. She lived in several states during her childhood before settling in Glendale, Arizona, where she attended Maryvale High School. Pam met her husband Bob on a blind date when she was 18 years old and was immediately impressed by him. He was an older guy with a brand-new orange Chevy truck, which she thought meant “he had his act together and had money.” From Bob’s perspective, Pam was a raven-haired natural beauty who dazzled him on their first date with her black suede, knee-high lace-up boots. Pam and Bob were married in October of 1973 and bought an acre of land where they built a modest house and raised three children, gardened, and tended to various animals over the years. Like her mother, Pam was a physically strong woman who spent her life pursuing her passions of gardening, which included fruit and nut trees and vegetable gardens scattered throughout the homestead, jewelry making, reading, and cooking with her home-grown vegetables. Within her family, she was famous for her pizza, chicken & dumpling soup, salsa, potato salad, stir fry, and blueberry muffins. She loved the mountains, pine trees, and a cool breeze. Her children and grandchildren brought her a great amount of pride and joy. Pam’s memorable life was especially marked by her generosity to her family. Her children will be forever grateful that she had a hard time saying “no” to their numerous requests for pets. As a result, the homestead was graced at various times by a multitude of animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys, guineas, peacocks, pheasants, various birds, iguanas (which made quite a stink in the room shared by Pam’s two sons), gerbils, rabbits, and turtles. Any time someone found a stray animal, it was brought to the homestead to be cared for. Pam was instrumental in picking up the pieces from her family’s blunders and was always there to tend, mend, comfort and laugh with. One time, Pam was teaching Jason how to drive when he accidently backed into and knocked down the fence. Another time, Jason broke his arm jumping out of the neighbor’s tree house. Jennifer needed her mom when she split her lip open after falling while riding the scooter. In another incident, Jason tried to teach Jennifer how to swing a baseball bat (when she did not want his help) and she smacked him directly in the mouth with the bat. Once, Sean crashed a motorcycle into a lime tree because he did not know how to stop. Even Bob needed Pam once when he cut his arm open when a bottle broke while brewing beer. Although Bob may have brought a brand-new truck into the marriage, it is undisputed that he got the better end of the deal. Pam was not only a magnificent mother, she was a stellar wife who carried the heavy load of the household chores, including the cooking and cleaning, laundry, looking after the children, and paying the bills. She even ironed his shirt and trousers every day before he went off to work. She did all of this while holding a job of her own. Everyone who met Pam was immediately impressed by her big, beautiful heart and quiet sense of humor that was gentle and kind. She was grounded, calm, and wise. Without a doubt, she was an old soul. Pam’s entire family will be forever thankful for the tireless love, support, and friendship she bestowed and will carry her memory on in their hearts.
The family will be planning a small celebration of life for close friends and family at a later date.
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