COLUMBUS, Mont. -- Pam Simmons Boettcher passed away Dec. 19, 2007. Pam was born in Simmonsville, Miss., on July 5, 1916, the last of six children, all deceased, to Carrie and Oliver Simmons.
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Pam grew up mostly in southeast Arkansas and later in south Mississippi, near Magnolia. Her mother died when Pam was 3. Pam grew up in the care of her father, paternal grandmother and her older sisters and brothers.
In 1938 Pam graduated from Mississippi State College for Women. After a year of teaching high school, she returned to MSCW as secretary to the registrar, then to Washington, D.C., for office work in the Department of State.
In January 1942, Pam married Fred Boettcher in Washington, D.C., a Naval Aviation man from North Dakota. They shared 59 years of work, travel and adventure. They lived in Bozeman from 1955 to October 2000.
In the late 1950s, Pam taught English part-time at Montana State University. In the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s, she taught English and was a guidance counselor at Bozeman Senior High School.
In 2000 Pam and Fred moved to Columbus to be near her niece and family, Debbie, Frank and Russell Crutcher. Fred passed away April 8, 2001.
To honor Pam's wishes, no services are planned. Pam and Fred willed their remains to the Medical College (WWAMI Program) at Montana State University.
Memorials may be addressed to St. James Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 356, Columbus, MT 59019, or the donor's choice.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 23, 2007