Our beloved sister and friend Pamela Rae Tupa was born on Aug. 10, 1957, in Torrance, Calif. Angels escorted her back home on June 10, 2021. Many in heaven rejoiced at her arrival.
Pam moved with her family at age 10 to her precious Ogden, where she lived for most of the next 20 years and planned to return to after retirement.
Although born in Southern California, she considered Ogden as her hometown. She attended her last two years of grade school education at the old Lynn Elementary, where her favorite teacher was Mr. Glen Cottle.
She started her secondary education at Highland Junior High and finished up at Kearns Junior High School. Then, it was back to Ogden and her proud prep years at Ogden High. For the rest of her life, the dedicated Tiger graduate felt tremendous pride in having gone to the same school as her grandpa, mother and many other relatives.
For college, she attended Stevens Henager, honing the skills she would use during a work career that spanned 45 years. Pam worked for a number of businesses in Ogden and Salt Lake before finding her final stop at Win-Mark Company in Salt Lake City, where she worked for 31-and-a-half years.
Her other activities included participating in musical productions. She earned a spot in the cast of "The Music Man" in a 1986 show in Salt Lake City. She also belonged for several years to a Salt Lake City-area community theater group, filling several billets, including helping to write and star in an original show.
She also devoted herself to church service, serving in her 50's as a West Jordan temple worker for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She lived in the Roxborough Park Ward in West Valley City for more than 30 years until her passing. She loved her many fellow members and friends there and served with faithfulness in many callings.
In 1990, Pam cared for her mother during a long terminal battle with cancer. Pam would be a two-time breast cancer survivor, in 1998 and 2007, and endure other major health challenges, but continued until a week before her death to work full-time. She didn't have a car and every weekday walked a round trip of about a mile-and-a-half to bus stops and train stops to get to work and home again.
She loved her extended family in the Saunders' clan in northern Utah and the Tupa family in Texas. She also loved America and Disneyland and Broadway musicals and many other things.
But, the Gospel and family were always at the top on her priority ladder.
She was preceded in death by her mother Karlene (Saunders) Tupa, father Jerry James Tupa, maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents, beloved aunts Barbara (Saunders) Watkins and Sharon (Saunders) Fuhr, uncle Mark Eugene Saunders, uncle Henry Tupa, aunt Judith Tupa and many other relatives and friends.
Survivors include her brother Mike Tupa of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, uncle Larry Saunders (Sandy) of Saratoga, aunt Carol Bigler (DeeJay) of Mapleton, uncle Read Saunders (Colleen) of Arizona, aunt Sylvia Steffek (Jimmie) of Texas, and aunt Wilma Schaefer (Richard) of Texas.
She's also survived by aunt Angie Winkler of Texas, great-uncle Darrell Saunders of Ogden and great-uncle Glen Saunders of the Ogden area, as well as many cousins and friends.
Her services are planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Aaron's Mortuary on 24th and Adams in Ogden. A viewing is planned at 10 a.m.
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