April 26, 1947 ~ April 28, 2014
Pamela Snyman, 67, passed away at Confluence Hospital in Wenatchee, WA on April 28, 2014. Pamela was born April 26, 1947, in Kansas City, MO to Frank and Wilma Sheel. She was raised and educated in La Junta, CO. Pam received her high school diploma in 1965 from La Junta High School. In 1967, she earned her Associate of Arts degree in Psychology from Otero Junior College, La Junta, CO and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Ohio State University in 1969. During college, Pam was President of Sigma Alpha Chi, she sat on the student council, was active in Art and Drama club, and was a photographer for the newspaper and yearbook. She married John Snyman in 1970, and later divorced. She started teaching in Oroville, WA and later at Virginia Granger Elementary in Okanogan. In 2008, Pamela got her Master’s of Education Degree in English as a Second Language. Pam was certified in the state of Washington for K-12 Bilingual Education, K-8 Elementary Education, K-12 English as a Second Language, 4-12 Psychology, and K-12 Spanish. Over the years, Pam’s work consisted of being a secretary for the Denver Symphony Orchestra from 1973 to 1975; working in the Peerless Restaurant in Oroville from 1976 to 1978; being a teacher’s aide at Oroville School District from 1985 to 1988; being an ESL teacher at Orondo School District during 1990; and being employed by Okanogan School District as Okanogan School District’s Director of Federal and State Projects from 1991 to March 28, 2014. Her passions, after teaching, were photography, reading, walking, glasswork, camping, being outdoors and travelling.
She is survived by step-daughter, Traci Neal and her husband, Jon Neal; one sister, Patsy Fontenot; brothers, Keith and Glenn Sheel and sisters-in-law, Maxine and Judy; niece, Pamela Fontenot; nephew, Robert Fontenot Jr.; one grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Nathan Snyman; her brothers, Kay and L.J. Sheel; and her parents.
A Funeral Service is set for 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2014, at Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel, 2547 Elmway, Okanogan, WA. A potluck reception will follow the service at the Virginia Granger Elementary School. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan County Crematory of Okanogan are caring for the arrangements.