Pamela Jean Keefe
Pamela Jean (Stillwell) Keefe of Scituate, Mass., passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, surrounded by her family. Pamela fought a long battle with appendicle cancer under the care of the staff at Dana Farber Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh M...
Pamela Jean (Stillwell) Keefe of Scituate, Mass., passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, surrounded by her family. Pamela fought a long battle with appendicle cancer under the care of the staff at Dana Farber Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the South Shore Hospital. Her husband, David, was her primary care giver and life long companion.
Pamela was born in Cloquet, Minn., where she graduated as a National Merit Scholar from Cloquet High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in 1971 and lettered on the varsity tennis team all four years. Pamela continued to be a top amateur tennis player in women's leagues in Palos Verdes, Calif., and Cohasset, Mass.
In 1971, she married David Keefe of Quincy, Mass. Pamela and David met at the South Shore YMCA Camps in Sandwich, Mass., during the summer of 1969. It was the beginning of a remarkable life adventure of almost 40 years.
Pam is an individual who truly enjoyed each day of living life. Pamela and her family moved 30 times allowing the wanderlust of her husband's career and establishing fantastic households all over the United States, Budapest, Hong Kong, Warsaw and Americana, Brazil. For the past 20 years, Pamela and family maintained their U.S.-based homes in Cohasset and Scituate, Mass.. Pam was a world class home decorator and was internationally recognized for creating a comfortable and classy home environment.
Pamela's proudest achievement was the success of her family. Her constant coaching of their life decisions and pursuit of a clear path of living life to the fullest was famous in her family circle. Family meals and vacations were Pamela's favorite events, allowing time for her to review the events of the day and quietly praise and coach her children in a suitable direction. Pamela and David celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary on Dec. 18. Pamela enjoyed a wonderful Christmas surrounded by her family.
Pamela's oldest son, Matthew, is a cum laude graduate of Plymouth State College in Biology. Matthew and his partner Alexandra Smith reside in Salt Lake City where he is presently a PhD candidate in microbiology at the University of Utah. Benjamin, her second son, received a BA in economics in 2001 from Western State College. Ben was until recently a captain for US Air and presently is safety manager for the TIMI Study Group at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Ben resides in Scituate with his wife, Nora (Lonborg), and they are expecting their first son. Emily Howell, Pamela's daughter, attended the University of the South and graduated with a BS in biology from the University of Kentucky in 2006. Emily and her husband, Glenn (Bo), reside in Lexington, Ken., with their daughter Hailey Jean. Emily is also expecting a second child due on Pamela's birthday in August. Pamela is also the mother of the late Mary Melissa Keefe.
Pamela is survived by her father, Harris Stillwell, and his wife Marge of Cloquet; her sister, Linda Rue and her husband, Dr. Paul Rue, of Minneapolis, Minn.; her niece, Dr. Eden Rue Scholin and her husband, Christopher, and their sons, Oscar and Forrest; her nephew, Dr. (Commander) John Rue and his wife, Beth, of Annapolis, Md., and their children, Milo, Mattie and Meredith; and her niece, Jessica Kesti and her husband, Gary, who reside in Flagstaff, Ariz., with their eight children.
Pamela's sister, Sue Ann Johnson, passed away unexpectedly in 1982 and mother, Jean Eleanor Stillwell, passed away in 2001.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Cohasset First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Cohasset.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to either to Pamela's Place, Pamela Jean Keefe Center for Creative Achievement, Camp Hayward, Sandwich, MA 02563, or The Friends of Scituate Animal Shelter, PO Box 823, Scituate, MA 02066.
January 8, 2009 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.