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Pamela McLean Tower was born in Portland, Oregon on April 12, 1944. She left the world to return to heaven on February 25, 2011. She left this world in the same way in which she lived her life, on her terms and after a hard fight for survival. She courageously fought and won her battle against lung cancer but unfortunately succumbed to the after effects of treatment.

Pam was the beloved younger sister of Diana and beloved daughter of Kenneth and Jean Tower. When Pam was nine years old, Jean gave birth to her baby brother, John Tower, to complete the family.

The Tower family moved often when Pam was a child, while following her father's job with the United States government. They spent the majority of Pam's childhood in Evanston, Illinois, where she graduated from high school in 1962. After high school she attended and graduated from Michigan State University, following in her big sister's footsteps. Pam and Diana were the best of friends their entire lives. Pam was fiercely protective of her big sister and was the one who was always ready to try something new and encouraged Diana to do the same.

After graduating from Michigan State with a degree in Secondary Physical Education, Pam taught for a brief time in Rockville, Maryland before taking a position with the US Department of Defense. In 1968 she accepted a position in Japan, which became her home for over 30 years. While in Okinawa, Pam put her heart and soul into educating hundreds of high school children while their parents served bravely in support of our country. Pam was very patriotic, always with a strong sense of respect for the military.

In 1977, Diana gave birth to Jessica and Pam instantly became a mother as well. Although Pam was thousands of miles away, she took on her niece as her own daughter, constantly supporting her sister and brother-in-law in raising a strong, independent young woman. Pam was very athletic and was integral in her niece's development of athletic abilities; encouraging her in swimming, soccer and a variety of other sports.

In the early 1980's, Pam met Kelley Newman in Okinawa and a life long bond was formed. Kelley and Pam spent most of their relationship separated by thousands of miles, yet that did not weaken or diminish the strength of their bond.

In 1996, Jean passed away quite unexpectedly which brought Pam and Diana even closer together. After resolving Jean's estate, Diana and Pam took a journey across the country from Maryland to California in a rented moving truck. Although the trip was emotionally difficult, they had a wonderful time together sharing memories and joy.

In the late 1990's, Kelley was stationed back in Okinawa after finishing Physician Assistant School. She remained there for several years and she and Pam began building a home together. In 2005, Jessica gave birth to Isabel and Pam immediately became a great-aunt and a grandmother. She retired in 2005 and moved with Kelley to a beautiful home in Rhode Island. Kelley was transferred to San Antonio, Texas and the two moved and established a life there. Pam took a job with the Home Depot and found the job a good match for her people skills and love of projects. In 2008, Pam was present in the delivery room, when Jessica gave birth to Sophia. Pam loved her grand-nieces with all her heart, and just as with Jessic she spoiled them with love everyday.

In July 2008, Kelley's sister Kris gave birth to her son, Kai and again Pam became a aunt. The children were sources of great joy and love in Pam's life. There was nothing she would not have done for her nieces and nephews or their families. In late 2008, Kelley and Pam moved again to settle outside of Seattle, Washington. Pam loved their home, surrounded by the woods, the deer and beauty of the water.

Pam is survived by her partner and best friend, Kelley Newman and her sister and best friend, Diana Mills. Pam is also survived by Diana's daughter, Jessica Mills Jauregui, her husband Armando Jauregui and their daughters, Isabel and Sophia Jauregui, all of Windsor, California. Pam is survived as well by Kelley's parents, John and Pat Newman and her brother, Kevin of Massachusetts; Kelley's sister, Kristine Newman, her husband Robert Brennan and their son, Kai, all of Arizona, and Kelley's sister, Kim Newman and her family in Vermont. In addition she is survived by her sister-in-law, Donna Tower Lenzner, her husband Ron, and her children; Pam's nephews, Hutch Tower and Hunter Tower and Pam's niece, Addison Tower, all of Maryland.

Pam was a generous, gentle and fiercely independent soul. She loved unconditionally and knew how to stand for what she believed in. She leaves a legacy of love and independence and will carry on through the generations that are to come. Pam will be missed everyday and will live on in our hearts.

A celebration of Pam's life will be held at Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home in Chico on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA as a tribute to Pam's lifelong relationship with, and love of, animals, in care of the funeral home.

View and send condolences online at www.nbcfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2011
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