Pamela Dee (French) Branson, 63, loving daughter, sister, mother, aunt, granny and friend, passed away peacefully at her home in Three Forks in the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 2010, with her daughters, son-in-law, and hospice by her side after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
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Pam was born Feb. 25, 1947, in Long Beach, Calif., the oldest of four siblings. She grew up in sunny Southern California and graduated from Santiago High School in Garden Grove. Pam decided she wanted to live in Montana. She followed her oldest daughter to Montana in 1995 sight unseen and loved the small-town life of Three Forks.
Pam was devoted to her kids and grandkids. She loved them more than life itself. Since moving to Montana, she always looked forward to her vacations back to California with one or all of her daughters to visit family, especially when her grandson, Blake, was racing motocross. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, watching game shows, watching Angels baseball and just being with her family.
Pam is survived by her parents, Don and Doris (Hamon) Sainz of Anaheim, Calif.; sister, Billie (Bob) Cox of Anaheim, Calif.; brother, Don C. Sainz of Newport Beach, Calif.; son, Joe (Kim) Novelich of Murrieta, Calif.; daughters, Tami McCauley (Mark Tymrak) of Bozeman, Kris Branson of Three Forks, Carrie (Steve) Roy of Three Forks; grandkids, Chase, Blake and Reid Novelich, Tracey and Morgan McCauley, and Chance and Mackenzie Roy; nieces, Reinee (Seth) Sainz-Parker and Shelby Sainz; and nephews, Jake (Jackie) French and Zack Sainz.
Pam is also survived by numerous friends and extended families who considered her mom, grandma, sister or aunt. She is also survived by many loving coworkers, friends and customers that crossed her path at Wal-Mart over the past 13 years.
Pam was preceded in death by her grandmother, Esta Jane Hamon; and brother, Steve French.
Ma, it was truly a pleasure to care for you as you fought your final fight against breast cancer.
Kris, Carrie, Steve and I wouldn't have had it any other way. You cracked us up right to the end.
We say goodbye with sadness and emptiness in our hearts, but know that you will live on through each and every member of your family. We know that you will be with us in spirit all the days of our lives. Ma, we've got one last thing to say to you, other than that we love you more than life itself … Goodbye Ted!
Pam's family wishes to thank Dr. Sofianek, Dr. Harris, Dr. Castillo, Edye, Susan, Meghan, Diane and staff of Hospice of Southwest Montana, Jane and Becca of Palliative Care, the nursing staff of Bozeman Deaconess, TJ and Cindy of Dokken-Nelson, and to all of the friends and families that sent cards, flowers and food during the past couple of months.
Cremation under the care of Dokken-Nelson has taken place, and a celebration of Pam's life will be held at a later time.
Should friends desire in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Pam's name to Hospice of Southwest Montana, 1600 Ellis St. Suite 3A, Bozeman, MT 59715; Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center, c/o Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, 915 Highland Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59715; or to a breast cancer fund of your choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2010