Pamela Kay Whipp
"May she run with the angels"
Her closest friends say she was a "bright light," and was strong but soft, and kind and beautiful, with a radiant smile and a positive attitude. They say she had an adorable and playful sense of humor, and a twinkle in her eye. Her father-in-law said she was "effervescent." She had been a businesswoman, a singer, an actor, and a fitness trainer. Then she became a brave, 5-year cancer fighter.
She was Pamela Whipp.
A resident of San Rafael, Pamela left us on February 8, 2014. She was 61. Born in Ohio on May 4, 1952, Pamela spent her childhood with her U.S. Navy family living in Florida, Alaska and California before a more permanent move to the State of Washington. She attended high school in Olympia, and worked for the State while pursuing higher education in Seattle and Washington's Tri-Cities.
In 1980, Pamela moved from Seattle to Denver, Colorado where she met her future husband, Dennis Whipp. They married in 1987. Pamela and Denny later relocated to California – first to Fair Oaks and then to San Rafael in 1997.
Pamela essentially had two major careers. Her first was business-focused, and included positions in Seattle and Denver with financial service and human resource companies. Pamela's long-time athletic interests were the foundation for her second career – one centered in health and fitness. Beginning as a group fitness instructor, Pamela obtained certifications as a personal fitness trainer, working most recently at Bay Club Marin. A recreational runner for over 40 years, Pamela competed in many long-distance races, including the Annual Relay Race around Lake Tahoe.
For the last 20 years of her life, Pamela invested heavily in her major avocation – musical and theatrical performance. She studied acting and voice at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, and had principal roles in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Marin County productions.
Predeceased by her mother, Jean Hough, Pamela is survived by her husband, Denny, at home in San Rafael, and by her father, Michael Hough, and sister, Monica Atkin, both of Puyallup, Washington. Other surviving family members are mother-in-law, Margaret Whipp, sister-in-law Janet Robinson and husband Stephen, niece Sarah Robinson, and nephew Joe Robinson and wife Nicole and family, all of Omaha, Nebraska, and niece Jennifer Zebrack and husband John and family of Reno, Nevada.
A celebration of Pamela's life will be held for family and friends. Her wish was that her friends would "party and sing heartily" in her memory.
We picture Pamela running again at last. May the angels be at her side.