Pamela Hsiu Lo Day(1950 - 2013)

Pamela Hsiu Lo Day, 62, died Sunday evening, April 7, 2013, of complications resulting from cancer. At the time of her death, Pamela was the proud principal of Charles E. Nash Elementary School in Fort Worth. Memorial service: 1 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the auditorium at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus. Friends and associates who knew or worked with Pamela are cordially invited to attend the celebration of her life. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Charles Nash Elementary School or the Nash Elementary PTA. Pamela was born in Calcutta, India, on Aug. 15, 1950. Her parents were Taik Lin Aw and Kathleen Lee Aw. Pamela was born a British subject and lived in Calcutta until the age of 10, when she moved to Hong Kong with her mother and brothers, Harry and Albert. She attended elementary and secondary schools in Hong Kong and was a student at the Hong Kong University when she met her future husband, Wayne Day, at an R&R party hosted for American and Australian servicemen who were fighting in Vietnam in 1970. Pam and Wayne were married at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota on Oct. 15, 1971, and remained happily married until her death. She moved to Adana, Turkey, when they were assigned to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey and then to Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Philippines. While living overseas, Pamela was employed by the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity on both bases and worked in adult education at the base education centers. Because her studies at Hong Kong University had been interrupted, she began redoing her college degree once they returned to the United States in 1976. She received an associate degree from Tarrant County Junior College, a bachelor's degree from Texas Wesleyan University and a master's degree from the University Of Texas at Arlington, as well as teacher's certification, bilingual education certification and principal's certification from UTA. She had been employed by the Fort Worth Independent School District as an adult education aide, an elementary teacher, an assistant principal and a principal. Pamela was a principal at Sam Rosen Elementary School before transferring to Charles Nash Elementary about 13 years ago. During that time, she came to think of the staff and the faculty as family, and the kids in the school as an extension of her own family. She cared deeply for the welfare and well-being of her students and her teachers. Nash achieved exemplary status during statewide accountability reports several times during her tenure, and she always put the credit on her teachers' and students' shoulders, saying that she was merely a guide to help them find their way. Though she was not born a Texan, Pamela proudly adopted Texas as her home. She was an enthusiastic Rangers and Cowboys fan, and loved to watch various sports events on television. She was an amateur radio operator; she held a technician's class license with the call sign of W5PHD and enjoyed operating the ham radio on her travels outside the United States. Pamela loved practical jokes, and her staff at Nash Elementary was often on the receiving end. She loved to laugh and had even gone through clown training at one time. Pamela was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma cancer in March 2012. She had received treatment at Texas Oncology in Fort Worth and at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and was greatly appreciative of the care and comfort from both. Survivors: Her husband, Wayne; son, Jason and his wife, Courtney, and grandchildren, Kennedy and Briley Day, of Fort Worth; "adopted sons," Elzan Sampson and Ezekiel Wizell of Highland Village; and brothers, Harry and his wife, Jessie Aw, and niece, Deborah Aw, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Albert Aw and his wife of Osaka, Japan.

Published in Star-Telegram on Apr. 10, 2013