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June 27, 1944 – May 16, 2024


Public Services Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m.

Calvary Chapel, Oakdale.

Her family apologizes for the confusion.

Thank you for understanding.

Pamela Kelly went Home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 16. Her daughter and son were at her side when she left this earth.

Informed of the terminal illness, for months she looked to the Lord each day for His “to do” list that He would give her, as He provided the energy and wellness to continue service to others through Christ. With the loving support of her children and the kindness of Community Hospice, Modesto, she considered each day a blessing as she remained in her home on Kimball Street until the Lord Jesus welcomed her to heaven. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who described herself as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, serving the Lord as a full-time volunteer since retirement. Pamela was known for such phrases as: “it could be worse”; “just say yes, God will give you what you need to get His work done”; “yes, I’m proud to be a Jesus freak”; and when given praise she would always point up and say “all Him” (for His Glory).

She and her husband were high school sweethearts, married 53 years until Phil’s passing in 2016. They lived in and loved Oakdale for 20 years. Preceded in death was Pamela’s twin brother Robert (2018), and her mother Mary (2022).

Survived by: daughter Kimber Smith and her husband Russell; son Paul Kelly and his wife Tamara; seven grandchildren and their spouses: Dakota (Paige), Parker (Lyndee), Austin, Madison (Kyle), Cassidy (Gage), Kylan and Keira; and two great-grandchildren Ezra and Micah; the Sanchez family completed and blessed their family (Julie, Rudy, Debbie, Eli, Alyssa, Cassara, Elodia, Kathy, et al).

Her family will remember with smiles and love in their hearts the energy and enjoyment she put into her relationship with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As mom to Kimber and Paul, she was very involved in every aspect of their lives, creating a house full of laughter, silliness, and togetherness. Into adulthood Pamela supported her children and grandchildren in their lives endeavors and accomplishments. While being a wife and full-time at home mom Pamela earned her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education; a Bachelors in Behavioral Sciences; and her Masters in Human Development. Pamela retired from San Joaquin County Office of Education in 2010 and her full-time volunteering began. Pamela spent 18 years working with Oakdale Rescue Mission as a volunteer Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director to support the homeless and our community. She spent over 20 years volunteering in different roles for her church and women’s ministry; and 12 years as a CAPS volunteer for Oakdale Police Department. Pamela was a faithful woman who loved the Lord, her family, church, and community. A public celebration of God in her life will be held on Saturday, July 28 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Chapel Oakdale, 220 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale CA.

In lieu of flowers Pamela requested donations be sent to Oakdale Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 1147, Oakdale, CA 95361-1147.

The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader

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May 29, 2024