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GARZA, PAMELA JO TAYLOR Pamela Jo Taylor Garza, 58, passed away early Saturday morning, November 24, 2012, at her home in La Mesa, CA, after a long illness. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in her Lord, and the love and prayers of family and friends and many supporters carried her through a three-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Pamela was born July 17, 1954 in Memphis, TN to Kenneth P. and Joan R. Taylor. She graduated from Wooddale High School, where she met her sweetheart, Roger Garza, and attended Memphis State. She and Roger were married on November 30, 1973, and moved to Dallas, TX where they lived for 27 years. The couple moved to San Diego, CA in 2000 till the present. While in Dallas, Pam served on staff at Park Cities Baptist Church for over 20 years, and was administrative assistant to three of its pastors. She was active in church activities, especially the music ministry, serving as a featured soloist. Her beautiful voice blessed the lives of so many, many people. In San Diego, Pam started with Provide Commerce 11 years ago in Customer Service. Through the years she shared her talents as a Customer Service Associate, moving to Customer Service Training, and most recently working in Customer Service Operations. Even as she battled her disease, she remained a dedicated employee and co-worker, continuing to work until just three and a half months ago. Pam was known for her sweet, simple demeanor which won the trust and hearts of everyone around her. She touched many lives with her faithful nurturing, perseverance, love, and faith, whether it was while she was growing up, working in the pastor's office, or being a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, or friend. Her signature gift was her acceptance of everyone with a warm hand. Pam was also known for her gift of joy. Her beautiful smile and warm laughter was shared with everyone around her, and her joy became more evident during her battle with a debilitating disease. She will be remembered most for her beautiful joy, which inspired everyone around her. With a real zest for life, Pam was an avid golfer and loved to spend time with family and friends, especially with her granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth P. Taylor. Survivors include her mother, Joan R. Taylor; her husband, Roger A. Garza; her daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Joel Fornaca of El Cajon, CA; granddaughter, Sophia Joan Fornaca; a brother, Parker Taylor and his wife, Fran, of Hot Springs, AR; nephews, Jonathan and James Taylor and their wives and children; and a close family of aunts, cousins, and in-laws. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. January 11th at Shadow Mountain Community Church, 2100 Greenfield Drive, El Cajon, CA 92019. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, 17304 Preston Road, Suite 1060, Dallas, TX 75252.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 2, 2012
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