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Pamela Jo Taylor, a loving mother and wife, devoted educator, and a woman of unwavering faith, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2023, at Lily and Syringa Assisted Living in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Pamela was born on December 6, 1947, in Taft, California, to John Anderson Leach and Esther Lorene Hughes Leach. Her early years were filled with adventure as she traveled across the country with her family, following her father's work with the U.S. Navy, NASA ,and U.S. Department of Energy. One of her most cherished periods in life was living in Florida, where she embraced the beautiful beaches and the warmth of the South. She pursued her education at Brevard Junior College in Florida, and later at Idaho State University where she earned her degree in Elementary Education. Pamela was a dedicated educator, pouring her heart and soul into her students. For thirty five years, she taught at Hawthorne Elementary in Idaho Falls, leaving a lasting impact on countless young lives.
On June 20, 1976, she married the love of her life, Edward Grant Taylor, in Elko, Nevada. Their family soon grew to include their daughters, Shauna, Stephanie, and Samantha. Her daughters were the pride and joy of her life, and she fiercely protected and loved them. Her family meant everything to her.
Throughout her life, Pamela faced health challenges, battling multiple sclerosis and breast cancer with remarkable resilience. Her positivity and genuine outlook on life were a source of inspiration to all who knew her. Her deep and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ was a cornerstone of her life, providing her with strength and confidence.
Pamela was not only a devoted mother and educator, but also a woman of remarkable talents and qualities. She was a phenomenal cook, delighting her family and friends with delicious meals. Her green thumb transformed her garden into a place of beauty and serenity. Pamela's witty sense of humor brought joy to those around her, and her compassionate heart touched the lives of many. Her intelligence and curiosity were boundless, making her a lifelong learner and a source of inspiration.
Pamela is survived by her daughters, Shauna Lee Sommer (Chad) and Stephanie Jo Taylor-Thompson (Matthew). She is also survived by six beautiful grandchildren and one great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Samantha Rue Taylor; her husband, Edward Grant Taylor; her father, John Anderson Leach; her mother, Esther Lorene Leach; her sister, Paula Suzanne O’Day; as well as her grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Community Youth in Action (CYA), a cause dear to Pamela's heart.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the many dedicated, loving professionals who provided exceptional care for Pamela over the past few years. Their unwavering support and compassion brought comfort and peace during her challenging journey. Special thanks go to Marlana Hayden, Kissandra Taylor, Trista Richins, Janell Price, Devri Fife, Kathy Huntsman, Sharla Cunningham, Audra Burgener, Dawn Gray, Mary White, Amy Reyes, Heather Winberg, Stephanie Potter, Ryan and Shasti Ballard, and the countless dedicated doctors, nurses, nurses aides, and hospice staff who tenderly cared for her. Your dedication and kindness will forever be remembered and cherished. Pamela's legacy of love, faith, and dedication to her family and students will forever be cherished and remembered. She is now reunited with her loved ones in eternal joy, leaving behind a lifetime of precious memories.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2023, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Avenue in Idaho Falls. The family will visit with friends from 1-1:45 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Annis-Little Butte Cemetery.
Services will be broadcast live on this page.