Pamela Zundel Blackham passed away peacefully October 16, 2019 doing one of her favorite things; taking an afternoon nap in her home. She was 73 years old.
Like many things Pammy did this was spontaneous and unexpected.
A notorious lollygagger her kids and grandkids wished she would have lollygagged much longer on this one.
Born in Ogden, Utah on May 3, 1946 to Eldon and Maude Zundel, Pammy was the oldest of five sisters. Our lovely Pam was known by many, many names; Mom, Grandma, Aunt Pammy, Pam, Pammy, Maga, Gaga, Hammy, Pammy-Whammy Ding Dong, and Peep. Regardless of how you called her, "friend" was the common feeling.
She spent her formative years in Glendale, California where she attended Eagle Rock High School. After high school she ventured off to college at BYU where she met the love of her life, Gordon Blackham (aka, Big Gord), and the two were married in the Los Angeles LDS Temple on January 28, 1967.
Always game for an adventure, her and Big Gord spent their early married years living in different parts of the country, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, California, and Michigan before settling down in Salt Lake City in 1977 where they raised their five children.
Regardless of where she went, whether it was a next door neighbor in Ohio, a stranger in material store in Holladay, or a foreigner in a crepe shop in Paris, Pammy made friends. It's just was what she did.
Pammy was an active member in the LDS Church where she poured
Our dad died at age 74. He looked 64. But we all fully expected him to live until he was 94. her heart into every calling whether it was the primary, nursery, young womens, or Relief Society. The extra mile was her norm.
She practiced her love of Christ by showering that love on all of us, and that love didn't stop with her family. "Your mom was so kind," is a phrase that her kids have heard over and over again.
Pammy is preceded in death by her husband Gordon Blackham, her parents Maude and Eldon Zundel, and her sister Paula Harrison. (the quote above comes from Pam's remarks at her father's funeral, some 29 years ago)
She is survived by her children Grayson (Jennifer), Kolby (Jami), Clayton (Courtney), Olivia and Ana (Adrian), and twelve grandkids who loved her nearly as much as she loved them.
Life Story Info
Cause of Death
Religion and Beliefs
- Utah State Government
Associate'sBrigham Young University
Jan 28, 1967
Married Gordon Blackham in Los Angeles, California
Nov 19, 1969
Birth of son, Grayson Wayne
Mar 13, 1972
Birth of son, Kolby Eldon
Jan 15, 1978
Birth of son, Clayton Simmons
Oct 27, 1982
Birth of daughter in Guatemala, Olivia Pamela
Nov 28, 1982
Birth of daughter in El Salvador, Ana Raquel
Apr 23, 1992
Passing of husband, Gordon Neil
Jul 22, 1992
Marriage of son, Grayson Wayne to Jennifer Westra
Jun 16, 1995
Marriage of son, Kolby Eldon to Jamie Eldredge
Aug 3, 2000
Marriage of son, Clayton Simmons to Courtney Cullimore
Sep 10, 2004
Marriage of daughter, Ana Raquel to Adrian Allen
Oct 16, 2019
Day of passing