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Pamela Anne (Kenefick) Bunnell

On October 8, at the age of 71, Pamela's courageous battle with leukemia ended with her passing, quietly surrounded by her loving family and dearest friend.

Pam was born in San Francisco and grew up in Burlingame, where she graduated from Mercy High School. She earned her BSN from USF and her MSN from UCSF and enjoyed a career in nursing which lasted until her final week of life.

In the throes of raising three children, Pam forged a career in nursing and nursing education, and she earned herself a place among the most talented and admired in both. Instrumental in developing the CLN master's program at USF, Pam had a gift for passing on ethical and honest care to her many grateful students and fortunate patients. Pam was awarded Faculty Emeritus at USF in 2013.

In 2009, Pam was diagnosed with CMML and AML. She was treated by a magnificently talented team at UCSF and survived a record 175 infusions of chemotherapy over 4-1/2 years. Her incredible determination and stamina stemmed from her passion for setting the bar higher for quality care and inspiring hope in patients who would follow her.

Her greatest joy was her family. Pam took tremendous pride in her children and grandchildren, and she always served as a model of compassion, integrity, and optimism.

She loved teaching nursing, her beautiful German shepherd dogs, her Irish heritage, Lake Tahoe, and the Hawaiian Islands. She embraced life with boundless gratitude, grace, and good cheer. Pam was a gregarious, adventurous person and a genuine joy to all who knew her.

Pam is survived by her husband of 47 years George; her children Jack Bunnell (Dani) of Kona, Joe Bunnell (Gabby) of Novato, and Allison Cordero (Ken) of Novato; six grandchildren Kaikea, Brooke, Hayden, Reese, Finnegan, and Braedan; niece Krissy Lewis, nephew Patrick Kenefick, and many loving friends.

There will be a private family ceremony in honor of Pam. Memorial contributions may be made to Golden State German Shepherd Rescue, PO Box 2956, Alameda, CA 94501.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 11, 2013
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