Note: Publication: Reno Gazette-Journal Published: June 29, 2012 Headine: Pamela Kay (Nash) Hawthorne Pamela Kay (Nash) Hawthorne was born on September 21, 1946 in Fresno California to her kind and loving mother Myrtle Irene (Nash) Kirtlan and Frederick Earl Nash but was raised and loved by her mother and hard working, caring step father Arthur Kirtlan. She slipped away from us after a heroic battle with lung cancer at Saint Mary's hospital while being lovingly held by her family on June 25th, she was 65 years old. She grew up in the little town of Port Chicago California where she attended school, met her future husband (in kindergarten), made lifelong friends like Ann Rojek, Buff Littlefield, and Linda Wanless and sincerely considered Port Chicago her home. Sadly, the Navy appropriated Port Chicago in 1968 and her family had to move. Pam however, remained committed to the people, the connection and love she had for the town. She would attend the annual reunions with enthusiasm and created a fun and interesting annual newspaper for the displaced townsfolk called "Port Chicago Connections". She married the love of her life, Michael Hawthorne April 9th 1966 in Carson City Nevada. They raised two daughters and welcomed into their home from time to time other children that they loved as well, Tisha Barnes, Teri Nash and Stacy Nash. Pam's warm and inclusive nature made her loved and appreciated by all who knew her. She was a teacher of kindness and understanding; always encouraging her friends and family to understand a person's feelings instead of indulging in the easier thing to do and judge them. She was also a teacher of humor and grace, to find adventure in unexpected problems and wrong turns. She possessed the tremendous strength to face the pain and adversity that life offers and to still maintain an open and loving heart. She is survived by her deeply committed husband Michael Hawthorne, her twin daughters, Christine Hawthorne and Cynthia Ladd, her grandchildren Sarah Plog, Jacob Miller, Alexandra Graham and Christopher Graham, her great grandchildren Rachel Hawthorne and Christopher Michael Kilcourse, her brother Frederick Michael Nash, her step-mother Maria Kirtlan, and her acquired children, Tisha Brown and Teri Yslava. Pam is incredibly loved and will be deeply missed. Two small memorial services will be held: The first being at noon on Saturday June 30th at 7215 Borealis Ct. Sparks NV, the second at noon on Saturday July 14th at 2829 Fortuna Ct. Antioch CA. Pam loved well, cared deeply about her friends and family and we know that she would want to say to all her loved ones "Take it Easy!"
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