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Pamela Jane Lawrence Oldenburg


Pamela Jane Lawrence Oldenburg

Wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and teacher are important words, but barely describe the extraordinary person, Pamela Jane Lawrence Oldenburg, who lost her battle with cancer July 1 in The Dalles.

Born Feb. 11, 1950, in Seattle to parents Arden and Joyce Minard Lawrence, at age 7 Pam moved to Mercer Island. She attended school there, graduating from Mercer Island High School in 1968. After earning an education degree from Western Washington University, she moved in 1974 to Lyle, Wash., to teach English and Social Studies. She retired from teaching in 2014, spending her entire 39 year professional career with Lyle Schools.

During her first year as a teacher, she met Dean Oldenbu...

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