Obituary of Pamela Jo Hulsey
Devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Pamela Jo Hulsey, was born Pamela Jo Cowan, to Ann and Don Cowan on November 9, 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Always a nurturer, she grew up taking care of her younger sister, Jeannie, in Indio, California. Her college career began at Cal Poly Pomona where she was swept off her feet by a charming Air Force guy at a USO dance at George Air Force Base.
Pam and Tom were married in 1978, then stationed at Hollman Air Force Base in New Mexico. It was there that Pam completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree in home economics, with a minor in social studies.
The military took the two lovebirds across the world. Together they explored Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, and Greece, and spent years stationed in Turkey, as well as California.
During their time in California they adopted their daughter Anna. The family of three were then stationed in Iceland, before finally settling in Florida in 1996. Trained as a seamstress, Pam was known to tailor for service members, theatre productions, as well as recreation staff.
Her career started in teaching, and led to her work cultivating creativity and play, as a recreation activities coordinator for various resorts along the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida. Pam also enjoyed costuming the local theater productions, including Stagecrafters, sewing bridesmaids dresses, and most recently driving for Uber. She thrived building relationships. In her time driving Pam developed a solid base of regulars, both out of towners and locals, including a handful of elderly clients to whom she gave rides to and from appointments, and trips to see their families.
Pam was a storyteller with the gift of gab. She never met a stranger and always remembered the smallest details, which she used to create personalized handmade gifts. Pam was known to carry around a bag of yarn, and could always be found knitting, sewing, quilting, or crocheting a heartfelt project for a loved one.
The first to offer a hug, or helping hand, Pam had a natural ability to help others feel seen, and cared for. She was very active in the local community and invested her time, talents, and resources into church, the quilt guild, Women’s Bible study Fellowship, supporting missions work, and the Mary Esther Library. Pam was beloved by many. Friends and family will cherish the memory of her kindness, generosity, resilience, creativity, and faith.
After a short, but difficult, battle with bile duct cancer, Pamela Jo Hulsey was welcomed in the loving presence of her Lord and Savior on April 18, 2023. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 45 years, Tom; her daughter, Anna; her son-in-love, Stephen; and her grandchildren, Bently- age 5, and Mila- age 5 months.
A few memories friends shared about Pam, with her daughter Anna:
“I’ll never forget meeting her for the first time and she joked about her arm and said, ‘I can’t give you a handshake, so looks like I’ll need to give you a hug.’”
“Every time I saw her she was always smiling and happy, and filled with love and pride for you and your beautiful family. She's holding your sweet Audrianna, and they are happy and watching over your Dad, you and your precious family. Your mother is the best example of love, and kindness, and beauty, I have ever met. She knew how to love and share that love with others...a woman of tremendous faith in her LORD.”
“Anna, when I think of your mom, I think of her joyful, generous, creative spirit. Her smile. Her laugh. Her loyal friendship. Her ability to be the best of the best, as a mother to you. She really did a beautiful job here on Earth just by being her. I’m certainly going to miss her.”
“Your mother had the sweetest spirit, and always had the best stories of life and her family. She loved her grand babies with a passion and all of you were her joy. I’ll never forget the awe I felt that she never met a challenge she couldn’t figure out how to overcome. She is definitely missed.”
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