Pamela Murphy, 53 - Local Services UpdatedPamela Clare Murphy passed away peacefully at the Olathe Medical Center on Sept. 4 after overcoming every limit and exceeding every expectation, surrounded by family and friends.
Pamela Clare Murphy passed away peacefully at the Olathe Medical Center on Sept. 4 after overcoming every limit and exceeding every expectation, surrounded by family and friends.
There was a visitation for Pam at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 9; the funeral was held at Colonial Presbyterian Church, Quivira Campus, at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10.
A celebration of life service will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Hudson House Grand Hotel.
In lieu of flowers, the family strongly recommends a contribution to the Olathe Public Schools Foundation, 315 North Lindenwood, Olathe, KS 66062, 913-780-8222, or visit the website www.olathepublicschoolsfoundation.org for a YouthFriends Scholarship in honor and memory of Pamela.
Pamela was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., Aug. 28, 1959, to Garner “Gunner” and Sally Halvorson. She grew up in Hudson, Wis., with her sister, Patricia, and brothers, Brad and Daniel. Pam went to college at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis., and upon graduation moved to Summit County, Colo., where she met her husband, Dan. They wed in front of family and friends on June 15, 1985, in Hudson. Two years later they welcomed their daughter, Melissa Lee, and in 1991 welcomed their son, Ryan Garner.
The family moved to Olathe, Kan., in 1993, where Pam began volunteering at Briarwood Elementary School and continued to volunteer, mentor, and help students in the area for 20 years. In 2009, Pamela was awarded the President's Volunteer Award for her many years of service with the Olathe School District. Pam also enjoyed years of faithful fellowship with a prayer group, dancing and singing at Jazzercise, writing cards for every occasion, and cheering for everyone, always.
Pam was the most positive and joyful woman, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend, lighting up every room and touching every life with love and happiness.
Pam was preceded by her father, Garner Halvorson, and will be cherished by her husband, Dan; daughter, Melissa; son, Ryan; granddaughter, Violet; mother, Sally; son-in-law, Steven; her brothers and sister; and so many, many more.
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