Pam Van Winkle passed away peacefully on January 16th, 2020
surrounded by her loving family at the age of 71 after fighting like the
warrior she was from uterine cancer.
Pam was born to Joseph and Nolia Head in Sacramento,
CA on June 23rd, 1948. She lived there with her older sister Maudyne and
attended La Sierra high school where she graduated midterm in 1967. It was
around that time that she met her life-long best friend Debbie (Killary) Otto.
The two remained supportive and silly sisters til the end.
It was also around the same time that a
handsome Air Force man , Audie “Rip” Van Winkle wooed her until she said “I do”
on November 9th, 1968, moving her to Geneseo, Illinois to the “cold, snowy pig
Rip and Pam had 2 daughters Tammy and Tracey.
She was a housewife until empty nest syndrome got to her and she began clerking
at the local gas stations until starting a cleaning business with Lori
VanKlaveren, retiring in 2000.
They then sold the family home, bought a
motorhome and traveled until settling with the entire family in Apache
Junction, AZ in 2016.
Pam is survived by her loving husband Audie,
oldest daughter Tammy, youngest daughter Tracey, soon to be son-in-law Scott
Tracy, granddaughter’s Heather Robinson and Sunshine Bates, Kelly Jo Teuscher-
a daughter born IN her heart not under it- as stated in their adoption creed, a
couple nephews and a bunch of nieces that she loved to pieces.
A memorial service for Pam Van Winkle will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 1:00pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona located at 23029 North Cave Creek Road Phoenix, AZ 85024.