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Pamela A. McQuilkin

Passed Away on September 21, 2020


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Pamela was only 62 when she passed away unexpectedly after a long illness on Friday, September 18th in Mesa, AZ. It’s hard to say goodbye. We wish that we had more time, and that so much of the last year of her life had not been colored by her illness. While we know that she is at peace and that her struggles are at an end, there is pain and sadness. But even though she is gone, she has left the legacy of her love and faith. The ways she touched our lives will remain, and we ask you to keep those memories alive by sharing them with us and with one another.

Pamela was a strong, caring, compassionate person with a heart for the Lord and a gift for the love and care of children. She was a long time teacher, a role she cherished, putting an enormous amount of patience, perseverance, and faith into making her classroom a vibrant and welcoming place. She worked continually to improve herself so that she could support others, earning first an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mesa Community College, then a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, and finally a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Development from Grand Canyon University. She did all of this as a single mother raising three children. 

Pamela  is survived by her children Leah, Erin, and Kyle,  her 16 grandchildren, and many  other relatives and friends. This family, and her role as mother and grandmother, was always the most important thing to Mom. This is where she drew her strength and joy, attending birthday parties, plays, music performances, and countless other events in the lives of those she loved, always cheering us on. She faced many challenges in her life, yet through it all, her love  for her family and her faith in the Lord remained her focus, and in so many, many ways, she was able to show that love and faith to us. We are so grateful and blessed to call her Mom. 

 

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  1. James McQuilkin says:

    I am deeply saddened by the passing of my sister, Pammy. She accomplished so much in such a short time–enduring many hardships while doing so. Due to distance, we did not get to spend too much time together; however, we were always in each other’s prayers. Pammy was a role model to so many, including myself. I can only hope that in some small way- as her older brother- I provided the same for her at times. I pray that her children and grandchildren will find peace through all of this and that healing will eventually be provided. We love you all and apologize for not being able to be at the service. Sincerely, Jim

  2. Erin Potter says:

    I miss you so much mom. I will remember you everyday and make sure that my children do as well. Your loss was so unexpected and doesn’t even feel real. My heart is broken and I don’t even know life without you in it! I do know that you loved the Lord with your entire being! I pray that you are in Heaven with your mom and dad, enjoying all the food you can eat and in no pain!!! I love you to the moon and back!!

  3. Kyle Haltigan says:

    I love you mom. My heart is broken. I wish I could have made a better effort. I hope Heaven is all you imagined.

  4. Brian Calcagne says:

    Sad to hear the news of Pam’s passing. I remember her from the early days in denville growing up as friends of her brothers . Great accomplishments throughout her life….Godspeed
    Brian Calcagne

  5. Jennifer McQuilkin-Comras says:

    Pam, I am going to miss you so much. Even though we lived so far apart, I felt as close to you as I could to anyone. Talking with you always gave me solace, hope, and I will truly miss your laughter. I know for sure that you are in Heaven, it must be even better now that you’re there. I look forward to the reunion someday, we can laugh with all the Morris sisters together. I send my deepest heartfelt condolences out to Pam’s kids and grandkids. I wish you all healing and the peace that passes all understanding. God bless you all and love you with all my heart.

  6. kevin comras says:

    RIP Pam. you were a great sister in law. I always loved you. You are with god now and hopefully happy.

  7. Peter McQuilkin says:

    Maria and I are heartbroken at the loss of my little sister. I could not be more proud than I was of Pam. A great mother, student, and teacher. Leah, Erin, Kyle, and all of her Grandchildren will no doubt continue the closeness she instilled in all of them.

  8. Patrica says:

    Pam going to miss you, I always love running into you at the store and catching up. We will miss you at kids get togethers. Mick will certainly miss his Cardinals conversations you guys had. RIP God Bless

  9. Jody Holden says:

    Pam, I always thought of you as my older sister. You were so full of wisdom and courageous beyond measure. It’s been so difficult living so many miles from you. I’m grateful we stayed close, especially these last two years. I wish I could have been with you through your darkest hours. I have peace knowing you now how joy beyond measure now. Mom and Dad must be so happy to see you. I’m sure your children and grandchildren will think of you always and make you proud. Just a testament of how you lived and loved I will miss you until we meet again. Love you forever Pammy .

  10. Cathy Dees says:

    What a wonderful person. I was a co-worker with your Mom at Patterson for many years. I am so sad to hear this. I am at a different school now so I was unaware. She truly loved her family, dogs and the Lord. . May she rest in peace.

  11. Lianne Adams says:

    It doesn’t seem real that Pam is gone, her infectious personality and smile would light up any room, I’m glad we had Facebook to talk to each other and share our lives, kids, grandchildren and families! It made the many miles apart seem shorter. Leah, Kyle & Erin my heart breaks for you, just know Pam was such a wonderful person and she will me so missed!! God Bless you all, you are in my Prayers!

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Pamela A. McQuilkin

Passed Away on September 21, 2020


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Pamela was only 62 when she passed away unexpectedly after a long illness on Friday, September 18th in Mesa, AZ. It’s hard to say goodbye. We wish that we had more time, and that so much of the last year of her life had not been colored by her illness. While we know that she is at peace and that her struggles are at an end, there is pain and sadness. But even though she is gone, she has left the legacy of her love and faith. The ways she touched our lives will remain, and we ask you to keep those memories alive by sharing them with us and with one another.

Pamela was a strong, caring, compassionate person with a heart for the Lord and a gift for the love and care of children. She was a long time teacher, a role she cherished, putting an enormous amount of patience, perseverance, and faith into making her classroom a vibrant and welcoming place. She worked continually to improve herself so that she could support others, earning first an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mesa Community College, then a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, and finally a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Development from Grand Canyon University. She did all of this as a single mother raising three children. 

Pamela  is survived by her children Leah, Erin, and Kyle,  her 16 grandchildren, and many  other relatives and friends. This family, and her role as mother and grandmother, was always the most important thing to Mom. This is where she drew her strength and joy, attending birthday parties, plays, music performances, and countless other events in the lives of those she loved, always cheering us on. She faced many challenges in her life, yet through it all, her love  for her family and her faith in the Lord remained her focus, and in so many, many ways, she was able to show that love and faith to us. We are so grateful and blessed to call her Mom. 

 

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11 responses to “Pamela A. McQuilkin”

  1. James McQuilkin says:

    I am deeply saddened by the passing of my sister, Pammy. She accomplished so much in such a short time–enduring many hardships while doing so. Due to distance, we did not get to spend too much time together; however, we were always in each other’s prayers. Pammy was a role model to so many, including myself. I can only hope that in some small way- as her older brother- I provided the same for her at times. I pray that her children and grandchildren will find peace through all of this and that healing will eventually be provided. We love you all and apologize for not being able to be at the service. Sincerely, Jim

  2. Erin Potter says:

    I miss you so much mom. I will remember you everyday and make sure that my children do as well. Your loss was so unexpected and doesn’t even feel real. My heart is broken and I don’t even know life without you in it! I do know that you loved the Lord with your entire being! I pray that you are in Heaven with your mom and dad, enjoying all the food you can eat and in no pain!!! I love you to the moon and back!!

  3. Kyle Haltigan says:

    I love you mom. My heart is broken. I wish I could have made a better effort. I hope Heaven is all you imagined.

  4. Brian Calcagne says:

    Sad to hear the news of Pam’s passing. I remember her from the early days in denville growing up as friends of her brothers . Great accomplishments throughout her life….Godspeed
    Brian Calcagne

  5. Jennifer McQuilkin-Comras says:

    Pam, I am going to miss you so much. Even though we lived so far apart, I felt as close to you as I could to anyone. Talking with you always gave me solace, hope, and I will truly miss your laughter. I know for sure that you are in Heaven, it must be even better now that you’re there. I look forward to the reunion someday, we can laugh with all the Morris sisters together. I send my deepest heartfelt condolences out to Pam’s kids and grandkids. I wish you all healing and the peace that passes all understanding. God bless you all and love you with all my heart.

  6. kevin comras says:

    RIP Pam. you were a great sister in law. I always loved you. You are with god now and hopefully happy.

  7. Peter McQuilkin says:

    Maria and I are heartbroken at the loss of my little sister. I could not be more proud than I was of Pam. A great mother, student, and teacher. Leah, Erin, Kyle, and all of her Grandchildren will no doubt continue the closeness she instilled in all of them.

  8. Patrica says:

    Pam going to miss you, I always love running into you at the store and catching up. We will miss you at kids get togethers. Mick will certainly miss his Cardinals conversations you guys had. RIP God Bless

  9. Jody Holden says:

    Pam, I always thought of you as my older sister. You were so full of wisdom and courageous beyond measure. It’s been so difficult living so many miles from you. I’m grateful we stayed close, especially these last two years. I wish I could have been with you through your darkest hours. I have peace knowing you now how joy beyond measure now. Mom and Dad must be so happy to see you. I’m sure your children and grandchildren will think of you always and make you proud. Just a testament of how you lived and loved I will miss you until we meet again. Love you forever Pammy .

  10. Cathy Dees says:

    What a wonderful person. I was a co-worker with your Mom at Patterson for many years. I am so sad to hear this. I am at a different school now so I was unaware. She truly loved her family, dogs and the Lord. . May she rest in peace.

  11. Lianne Adams says:

    It doesn’t seem real that Pam is gone, her infectious personality and smile would light up any room, I’m glad we had Facebook to talk to each other and share our lives, kids, grandchildren and families! It made the many miles apart seem shorter. Leah, Kyle & Erin my heart breaks for you, just know Pam was such a wonderful person and she will me so missed!! God Bless you all, you are in my Prayers!

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