Pamela Sundberg born June 20, 1954 passed away on June 14, 2013. Pam's incredible zest for life was a quality shared by few, but adored by many. There wasn't a person she met whom she didn't call a friend. She was a straight shooter not afraid to say anything, often swearing accompanied by a laugh or playful punch to the arm or tug of the shirt. Her vivacious sense of humor was well balanced with genuine love. Born in Arcata, her family moved to Orleans when she was a young girl. There she met her life-long best friend, Leslie Burrows at age eight. Pam later graduated from Hoopa High and had two children at a young age: Rachel and Charlie McCovey. She worked for several years at the old Hoopa Hospital and later worked more than 30 years for the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office in various capacities. Her career connected her with the love of her life, Fred Sundberg, in 1998. They were married on September 27, 2000. Both had a passion for traveling, golfing and socializing with friends and family. Pam retired from her post with Humboldt County in 2010 and opened a fabric and quilting shop in Willow Creek: Madrone Tree Fabrics and Gifts. Fred became the CEO of the company, but not in the usual sense. She called him the Carry-Everything-Out-man because he loaded and unloaded endless reams of fabric when she took her business on the road. She spent some of her best times at quilting retreats and fabric shows hunting for the finest and most fun fabrics for her customers. She loved to shop at yard sales and consignment shops. She drove a hard bargain rarely paying the sticker price. She'd often come home beaming with excitement over random treasures she found for next to nothing. If it was retro it was even better. In 2011 she went to Thailand, exploring cities and sites, taking cooking classes, zip lining through the jungle and, of course, shopping. She and Fred traveled to Australia, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Reno and Las Vegas among many places. This year, for Valentine's day, she finally convinced Fred to go to Mexico. Pam loved all types of food and was known for trying unusual and exotic recipes. She also adored her dog, Olive and cat Calli endearingly referred to as 'Kitty.' On April 26, 2013 Pam was diagnosed with stage four cancer, which "riddled" her body. She never gave up hope for a full recovery. She wanted so badly to stay on earth with her husband and the people she loved. Even during the most difficult moments, Pam remained true to herself cracking jokes and giggling with her friends and family. Pam is preceded in death by her parents Raymond Young and Mary Davis; her sisters Ashley "Bunny" Holder and Angela Davis. She is survived by her loving husband Fred Sundberg Sr.; her daughter, Rachel McCovey and her son, Charlie McCovey; grandchildren: Destiny Latham, Shelby Clark, Randy Clark and Charles McCovey; stepchildren: Marci Halverson, Freddie Sundberg Jr., Chris, and their children Hayli, Madisyn, Jordyn, Lily, Freddie III, Ashley and Alyssa. She is also survived by her sisters Teresa Mello and husband Joe, Cyndi Hostler, Stephanie Jarnaghan and husband Joseph; brother Arnold Davis; numerous nieces and nephews; friend Leslie Burrows; mother-in-law Joy Sundberg; father-in-law Fred and Connie; brothers and sisters-in-law Danny and Dawn, Garth and Linda, Mark and Carol, Lisa and Kevin. The family would like to thank all of those who visited Pam in the hospital and extended their generosity, sharing food and kind words throughout this trying time: Leslie Burrows, Suzanne Murphy, Cathy Springmeyer, Renee Stauffer, Linda Gilliam, Bev Drake, Bruce and Kathy Millerbus, Marilyn Fox, Lenaire Alvarez, Linda Sundberg and many more. The family would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Joseph Hospital, the Evergreen Lodge and Hospice of Humboldt. Special thanks are extended to Paul and Nancy Ayers, who opened their home to Pam and the family during her final days when the hospital was no longer a comfortable arrangement. A memorial and celebration of life potluck will be held on Tuesday July 2, 2013 at Cher-ae Heights Casino Bingo Hall at 11am. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring their best Pam story to share. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
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