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Pamela Frances Hofmann (nee: Fluster), April 1949, to November 2022. Loved and was loved madly, truly, and deeply including her inspiring marriage of 59 years to Karen. (Yes, you read that right.) Born in Los Angeles, California to Jerome and Henrietta Fluster; died suddenly peacefully at home in Edmonton, Alberta, where she had moved for retirement because she liked the cold. In between, she proudly graduated from Queen’s University then worked in elementary and high schools in Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario. Even if you didn’t want to learn, she was going to teach you something… and maybe feed you too.
For the last 20 years, she showed people how to face multiple health issues: she beat improbable odds to survive tonsillar cancer before losing her ability to swallow and relying on liquid nutrition. This did not stop our determined trooper from going on trips and cruises to Antarctica via Argentina; the Faroe Islands, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark; England, Scotland, and Ireland; and Hawaii and Alaska. She also made a point to see family and friends scattered throughout the USA. When home, she volunteered at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. She was a supportive honorary aunt to many in the LGBTQ+ community even as she had to confront colon cancer. She endured chemo and pneumonia before a gradually declining. During her quality time, she could be the last one standing (or sitting) at a party. She soldiered on until dying quietly in her own bed on her own terms.
Predeceased by her parents and beloved sister, Lynn.
Pam was a hero to many and is survived by her wife; daughter, Aviva (Aaron) and son, Ian (Brigette); nephew, Andrew (Carrie) and niece, Chelsea (Rick); brother, Matt (Charlene); and nephews, Dylan and Graham (Megan). Pam adored her 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. There are also too many adopted nephews out there to count.
A Funeral Service will be held at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home on Sunday at 10am Mountain Time. Donations may be made to Youth Empowerment and Support Services, yess.org, in lieu of flowers.