Pamela Lea Schafer Martin

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Pamela Lea Schafer Martin, age 47, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Asheville, N.C.
Born June 24, 1968 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and adopted at 3 months old by Raymond Joseph Schafer and Faye Turner Schafer, Pamela had a vitality and zest for life. Her professional career spanned the spectrum of health care, children and elderly care, but her heart's desire was to work with animals and people at the same time. A gifted animal trainer, in 1997 Pamela, with her beloved 'Fenway', founded Therapy Dogs of Georgia. She also established her "Paws to Read" program in the public schools. She had a genuine gift of compassion coupled with straight talk and a generous nature in helping other adults, children and the animals she loved. Pamela also cherished her extended church family of St. John's Episcopal Cartoogechaye, Franklin, N.C.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Kev Martin; daughter, McKinney Martin of Franklin, N.C.; son, Cole Martin, USCG-Walnut, Honolulu, Hawaii; her beloved Aunt, Beulah Turner House; cousins, Faye Sexton, Sonya Begley and family, David and Linda Cupp, Leslie Ryser and family, London, Ky.; as well as nieces and nephews, Christopher Asbury, Amanda Lindsey, and Scott and Nicholas Huddleson of the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater, Fla. area.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 542 St Johns Church Rd, Franklin, NC 28734
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Published in Forsyth County News from Aug. 22 to Aug. 24, 2015