Helen "Pam" Downs, longtime companion and dear friend of Jim Pilon passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2015 of a stroke, which occurred the week before. She was treated at the Estes Park Medical Center.
Pam assisted Jim with the management of "Kingstone", a conference center in Estes Park, which is used by nonprofit associations.
A childhood dream of being a movie star was almost met when she turned down an offer by Victor King, a power in Hollywood in the '30s and '40s.
After working as a model in Los Angeles, Calif., she decided that the environment in Hollywood was not her cup of tea, and she returned to Denver and took up modeling again. Pam was also involved in real estate in Alexandria, Va., and Denver. Later in life she helped her husband, Dr. Linewood E. Downs at his clinic in Denver.
Born in Sheridan, Wyo., to Joe and Anna Wolny, she group up spending part of her time at their ranch and also at the Sheridan Inn where her mother managed the hotel. She said she could not wait to get out of the "small town" and get to the "big city."
A member of the Denver and Estes Park Seven Day Adventist Church, she loved reading her Bible. Another one of her loves was dancing. Wither ballroom or solo, and especially Middle Easter dance. Anytime she went to the Athenian Restaurant in Denver, she would be asked to perform. Her collection of clothing was the envy of many a woman.
She also had a passion for languages, and prior to a trip to Japan, she attended college classes to learn the language. As world travelers, Pam and Jim completed their 16th cruise together in as many years. This past May they completed their sixth cruise to Alaska.
A graduate of Sheridan High School, she spent a year attending business college in Sheridan, Wyo.
She is survived by a half-brother and his wife, John and Doris Wolny of Boulder; a step-sister-in-law, Audry Chamberlain of Denver; and her two children; a half step-daughter, Nancy Stevenson of Thornton, Colo., and a cousin, Barbara Fitzgerald of Changler, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a half-brother, Ted Yaneshek and his wife Ann of Aptos, Calif., and two half-brothers, Jerry and Joe Wolny.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Crossroads Ministries of Estes Park.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Go to www.allnutt.com to send a message to Pam's family.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Aug. 1, 2013