Pamela Barnett -51- of Hagerman, New Mexico passed away in the University of Cincinnati Hospital on February 6, 2020 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by loving family and passed very peacefully into what Pam always believed was an eternal place of love and beauty.
There will be an ‘informal’ memorial for Pam on Thursday, February 13th at 6 PM in Hagerman at the Presbyterian Church (across from the High School on N. Cambridge). The family is asking everyone to bring their favorite memories of Pam and we will share stories, laughter, tears and hugs. Per her wishes, Pam has been cremated and will be interred in the family plot at the Hagerman Cemetery.
Pam was born in St. Mary’s Hospital, Roswell, New Mexico on May 16, 1968 to Lee Roy Barnett and Deborah (Huckabee) Barnett. When Pam was 2 years old, her family moved to Otter Rock, Oregon where they lived for 11 years. Pam attended Sam Case Elementary School in Newport, Oregon, and was a member of the Youth Swim Team. In 1981, Pam along with her Mother and two of her sisters (Peggye and Pat) moved back to Hagerman.
While finishing Junior High and High School in Hagerman, Pam was a good student as well as an outstanding Bobcat athlete. Pam excelled in Volleyball, Track and Basketball. In both her Junior and Senior years, she was the NM State Shot Put Champion in the 1-A Class School Division. The Shot Put distance record that Pam set in her Junior year at the State Track competition stood for approximately 25 years.
At Graduation, Pam was awarded a Basketball Scholarship to NMSU in Las Cruces. She studied to be an Elementary School Teacher for 3 Semesters and then left school and joined the New Mexico Army Reserves where she served for 18 months in a petroleum supply company.
Most of Pam’s working years were spent in a variety of truck driving jobs. After obtaining her CDL she drove for several different harvesting crews hauling silage out of the fields; drove semis for Waide Sand and Gravel and then finished by doing cross-country delivery of oil-field parts and equipment. Pam was employed at Tobosa Development Services working with those with disabilities to help them overcome their challenges. Prior to her illness, Pam worked for the Roswell Independent School District as Custodian at Goddard High School and in the RISD Administration Offices.
After listing all of the above, we also want you to know that the life’s work Pam was most proud of was raising her two children; Kim (Kimberlee Ann Sanchez) and Fonz (Alfonso Luis Sanchez). She was the very best example of “Fierce Momma Bear” that you could ever hope to know! Her love for them, her dedication to caring for these two young people and her protection of them was everlasting and unforgettable! She was very excited that Fonz and AnnaBelle were going to make her a Grandmother in June! Pam, Kim and Fonz spent many happy hours fishing together at Lake Van along with other spots – not mattering that much if they caught anything or not – just being with each other was enough. They were truly the modern day Three Musketeers – one for all and all for one!
Pam had an infectious sense of humor and always put smiles on other’s faces (actually, they usually laughed till tears came down their cheeks). She loved dogs, two in particular – Dutch (German Shepherd) and Newt (Husky). She had one favorite horse – Smokey (Appaloosa).
Pam was preceded in death by her Father, Lee Roy Barnett; her Maternal Grandparents, Peggy McKinstry Smith and Bill Huckabee; Her Paternal Grandparents, Jessie Lee and Basil A. Barnett; Her Great, Great Aunt Eva West(Mama Sis) and her Uncle Bill (William Edward (Tuffy) Smith.
Pam is survived by her two children, Kim and Fonz (AnnaBelle) of Hagerman. She is also survived by her Mother, Deborah Huckabee, Cincinnati, OH; her Sisters, Priscilla Hedin (Jim) Holly, MI; Patricia Barnett (John Schehr) of Cincinnati, OH; Younger Sister and Favorite Partner-in-Crime, Peggye Barnett (Richard Peralta) of Hagerman. Pam is also survived by Auntie Bill / Billye Turner Monson (Carl) of Bend, Oregon and a Step-Brother, Roger Hargrove (Wendy) of Mineola, TX.
Auntie Pam is survived by three Nieces; Jessie Walker (Jeff), Holly, MI, Kayla Winnen, Charlotte, NC; and Nickye (MyKitta) Barnett-Peralta, Hagerman; and her “sleepover” buddy, Great-Niece Kyri Walker, Holly, MI
Auntie Pam is survived by four Nephews, Payte Hedin (Holly) of West Bloomfield, MI; Jamie Barnett-Peralta of Hagerman and Step-Nephews, Dylan & Dalton Hargrove of Mineola, TX.
Surviving also is Roy Sanchez, Hagerman, father of Kim and Fonz.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Hagerman.