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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 Oldenburg and a romance flourished. Married in 1975, they welcomed son Aaron in 1979. Pam cherished being a mother, and especially was proud of Aaron's accomplishments as a teacher in Glenwood,Wash.

Pam rarely could travel anywhere in the area without former students greeting her with smiles and "Mrs. O!" Many credit her for helping them get through school, inspiring them to careers, and helping them become good people. She spent tireless hours volunteering in the Lyle community.

Pam is survived by her husband, Dean, of Lyle, and son, Aaron, of Goldendale. She was predeceased by her mother in 1982 and her father in 1997. She also is survived by her brother Arden "Denny" Lawrence and his wife, Lyndee, of Damascus, OR. And, by brother Hugh Lawrence and his wife, Carol, of Bellevue, Wash.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at the Lyle High School.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a scholarship fund for local students-the Pamela Jane Oldenburg Memorial Account, at any Columbia Bank in the Gorge.


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