Pamela Jean Lewis
61, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 26, 2019 at her home in Hayden, Idaho.
She was born to Robert Elliott Chace and Anita Deloris Moses on March 27, 1958. Pam was born in Peterborough, New Hampshire and moved to the Chicago area in 1967 when she was 9 years old. In the summer of 1970, the Chace family drove from Chicago to Palmer, Alaska. Upon their arrival on August 26, they first lived at the Palmer Campground (where the current Courthouse building is located) until the campground closed for the winter, eventually moving into a house that her Dad built and where Pam’s mother Anita Chace still resides today. At the early age of 14, Pam began working for the Mat Valley Federal Credit Union (MVFCU), where she worked for the next 18 years. After graduating from Palmer High School in 1976, Pam joined two girlfriends on a year-long trip to Hawaii and Texas, supporting herself by selling Kirby vacuum cleaners along the way. Shortly after her return to Palmer, a very tan and energetic Pam met Bradley Dean Lewis, a high school business teacher, at a public open house for the new Palmer High School. Three days after meeting, Pam and Brad began dating; they were engaged the following June and married on September 23, 1977 at the Presbyterian Church of 1000 Logs by the Reverend Henry Guinotte. Pam and Brad were happily married for 41 years. While raising two young sons (Wendel and Ryan), Pam worked for both Western and Delta Airlines from 1987 to 1990, which allowed her many opportunities to travel. Pam joined the Matanuska Susitna Borough School District in 1990, first working at the Administration Office, then as activities secretary at Colony High School and Palmer Junior Middle School, where she stayed until her retirement in 2018. Pam lived life to the fullest, or as Brad would describe it, “burned the candle at both ends”. Pam’s passions included gardening, growing and selling vegetables at the South Anchorage Farmers Market (as Two Sisters’ Greenhouse), playing softball, squash, and horseshoes, traveling and fly-fishing in the Bahamas. She spent many late nights making jams/jellies, pickled beets, carrots, Hot Dilly Beans, and liqueurs, and many early mornings garage sale-ing. Among their countless blue ribbons at the Alaska State Fair, Pam and Brad were awarded Farm Family of the Year in 2008. Friends and family were attracted to her vivacious and outgoing personality. Pam was a bright spot in so many lives and described by her friends as a “light in the world”. She was a very generous, kind, and giving person. Pam was known for her delicious homecooked meals for staff at PJMS and for using her gift for event planning to help friends when the time came for weddings and other big events. Pam helped run a yearly fundraiser at PJMS (Cabin Fever Reliever), raising thousands of dollars for the sports program. She gave the most selfless thing you can give, your time. Pam raised her boys to attend church and learn good Godly values and morals. She selected a career close to home with flexible hours so she could be involved in her son’s lives. Leading by example, Pam always practiced what she preached and was always the last one to sit down for dinner. She lived a life of serving others, always purchasing things at garage sales for someone in need. Her sons remember how their Mom was full of love and will always be remembered by those whose lives she touched. Pam retired from the School District on April 1, 2018, sold their house in Alaska and moved to north Idaho to live closer to grandchildren. While on a vacation in the Bahamas, Pam suffered a stroke in February of 2019; several months after the stroke, she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.
Pam is survived by her husband, two children, three grandchildren, and many other loving relatives and close friends.
The family wishes to thank all who cared for Pam during her last days. For those who have known Pam, there will be a Celebration of Life ceremony in Alaska in the summer of 2020.