Pamela H. Knapp passed away peacefully at her home in Juneau on April 20, 2013. She was born to Richard J. and Muriel Hancock, November 16, 1932 in New London, CT where she grew up the third of four children. After graduating high School at Williams Memorial Institute, she went on to Tufts University (Jackson College) where she earned her B.A. degree, majoring in Education and English. During her time in college, she did many things. In the 50's, she taught ballroom dancing to 7th and 8th graders and loved every minute of it. To pay for books in college, she sang in a church choir and received $1.50 each time she sang. A labor of love with benefits.
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In 1960, Pamela married Richard Knapp at the Coast Guard Academy Chapel. She was a tireless supporter of her husband's career in the Coast Guard and ran her household with precision and efficiency. With her family, she lived in Connecticut, Maine and Washington, D.C. Finally, in 1980, the Coast Guard brought her to Juneau, Alaska, her final and favorite home.
During her 33 years in Juneau, Pamela became a huge part of the community and was involved in many activities. In the early 90's, she was a member of the Hospital Guild and worked with Shirley Ackley and Marjorie Quisenberry to start up the first hospital shop at Bartlett Hospital. She was a member of the Friends of the Museum and managed the store at the State Museum. She was an active member of Holy Trinity Church and worked tirelessly with the church vestry to rebuild it after it burned. She was also an active member of local chapter G of PEO as well as the Capitol City Republican Women. Sitting around was never part of her DNA!
Pamela was a prolific seamstress. She created clothing, and costumes for her children and grandchildren right up to the end. It brought her so much pleasure to share her time and talents with others. What Pamela loved most in life was people. She loved her family, her friends and anyone who was fortunate enough to cross paths with her. She realized how blessed she was and she never lost her optimism or positive outlook.
We will miss our Pamela, known as Nai Nai to her grandchildren. We want to thank everyone both known and unknown who showed such kindness and compassion to her. She was truly blessed…
Pamela was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Muriel Hancock, sisters Joan Wetmore and Nancy Carr-Fox and her brother Richard Hancock.
She leaves behind her husband of 53 years, Richard J. Knapp of Juneau. In Fredericksburg, Virginia, she leaves behind son Joseph Pelham (Che Fang) and grandchildren Sarah, Palmers, John, Hannah, Mary, Lydia and Eric Pelham. In Mobile, Alabama, son Marc Pelham (Lisa) and grandchildren Benjamin and Joseph Pelham. In Juneau, daughter Nancy Peel (Doug) and grandson Peter Peel. Finally, in Avon, Colorado, she leaves behind son Richard J. Knapp Jr.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Church on Friday, May 31, at 4 p.m. immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at the Juneau Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pamela's name to the following:
• Hospice and Home Care of Juneau
• Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 9 to May 10, 2013