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Pamela Lynn LaMay
January 13, 1954 ~ October 22, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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Pamela Lynn Lamay, 69, our beautiful and beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend to many succumbed to dementia at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey on October 22, 2023.
Pam was born in Flint, MI on January 13th, 1954 to Rex and Jacqueline Lamay (Duby), the sixth of eight children. She graduated from Beecher High School, which was a proud accomplishment since she was already wife and mother before graduating. She married John Blume on May 29, 1971 and they had four children together.
Pam started working for the state of Michigan in 1975 at the Parks and Recreation Commission in Flint. From there she went to work for the Unemployment Commission; and later transferred to Clare, MI when the family relocated to Harrison in the early 80’s. When that office closed in 1984, she transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services in Atlanta, Michigan and then five years later, transferred to DHS in Cheboygan. There, her and John bought a home on the Cheboygan River where she lived for many years.
On July 1st, 2002 she had married Michael Snow and even though they later divorced, they remained good friends. Years later, Mike would help to care for her, allowing her to remain in her own home for a while longer.
She was proud of her career long service to the State of Michigan, and retired from Cheboygan DHS in 2010. As soon as she retired, she fell ill and spent the next year in and out of the hospital. This was devastating to her health. It took many months of rehab, but eventually she was able to live independently. In 2018 she began to have vision problems, which was likely the beginning of dementia, although it was not evident to her doctors, or family, until her diagnosis in August of 2020.
Pam was a friend to everyone she met. She was a happy, positive person who had a great sense of humor and loved to be around people. Her happy place was at the property on the river, surrounded by family and friends for any occasion. Some of her passions included home design, interior decorating (she was gifted!), classic cars and rock n roll. She had a great time cruising town in her 1997 T-Top Firebird and didn’t miss an opportunity to rev it’s LT1 Ram engine. She could tell you all about that car. Once at the St. Ignace Car Show, she was awarded a reckless driving ticket for burning her tires.
Pam is survived by her four children Heidi (Richard) Dunn, John (Nicole) Blume, Holly (Tyler) Lavigne and Hannah (Ben) Sproul. Her siblings Kim LaMay, Terry (Verna) LaMay, Greg (Diane) LaMay, Dani LaMay and Jill (Louis) Blume. Her precious grandchildren she loved so much, Jordan, Christina and Emily Blume, Kaylin and Conner Lavigne, Johnathon and Scarlett Dunn and Natalie and Noah Sproul, and her great-granddaughter Ainsleigh Lynn. Also, near and dear to Pam’s heart were her former in laws, Jane Blume, Mary Ericson, Louis Blume and the late Gerald and Onalee Blume. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Pam was preceded in death by both parents, and brothers Ron LaMay and Larry LaMay.
There will be a visitation held at Nordman-Christian Funeral Home in Cheboygan on Friday, October 27th, at 11am followed by a funeral at 1pm. Her burial will directly follow, at Maple Grove Cemetery and then a reception at The Great Lakes Grill.