PAMELA VER CHAPMAN
March 13, 1945 ˜ August 15, 2021
Pamela Ver Chapman passed away Aug. 15, 2021, after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. She was born March 13, 1945 to Harold William and Barbara Ver Kirch in the then Territory of Hawai’i. Pam spent her childhood and school age years in paradise. She shared these precious years with her older brother Michael and her younger brother Patrick, and many beloved neighbors, classmates, and friends. Pam graduated from Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, in 1963. She left her island home to attend college at Western Washington State College in Bellingham, where she studied to become a teacher.
While in college Pam met the love of her life, James Chapman, a native of Vancouver, WA. On Aug. 19, 1967, Jim and Pam were married in Honolulu and then moved to Walla Walla, WA, to begin their life and teaching careers. After a few short years, they moved to Vancouver where they both continued teaching and raised their family. Pam joyfully spent her rewarding career teaching kindergarten and the primary grades for 30 years in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts. Pam touched the lives of so many young students over the years. Her passion for making learning fun and meaningful inspired her students to become lifelong learners. Pam was always learning and looking for the best methods to engage her students. After retiring, she continued to teach and inspire in many different capacities. She was a supervisor for student teachers and taught a course for new teachers at City University. Through this dedication, Pam will continue to touch the lives of young people for generations to come.
Pam’s greatest joy in life was her family and her dogs, especially her best boy, Tucker. She loved every moment spent with her four grandchildren, Will, Maile, Jackson, and Ellie. Their “Pam,” as they so endearingly called her, was a stable and loving force in each of their lives. Pam especially cherished their trips to Hawai’i, holidays, and cheering each of them on as they pursued their dreams. She has forever touched their hearts with her loving presence and each of them know that she will always be with them.
Pam visited her beloved Hawaiian Islands very often, sitting in the sun and walking on her favorite beaches, searching for shells. Taking after her father who had been in the orchid business, Pam loved caring for her orchids and beautiful flower beds. Pam loved traveling and spending time with dear friends and longtime colleagues. In recent years, she was also very dedicated to her work with the Assistance League of SW Washington, a nonprofit with the mission to transform the lives of children through community programs. She became an active leader in a very short time due to her passion for helping children.
Pam is survived by her beloved husband, Jim of 54 years; her brother, Patrick Kirch (Therese Babineau); her daughters, Michelle Buss (Don) and Nicole Brown (Brian); her grandchildren, Will Buss, Ellie Buss, Maile Brown and Jackson Brown. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Michael Kirch.
A celebration of life is being planned in Pam’s honor for a later date, due to the pandemic. More information will be given as the details become available.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pam’s name to the Assistance League of SW Washington (PO Box 65, Vancouver, WA 98666).
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Published by The Columbian on Sep. 26, 2021.