Pamela Jane Nicas Morrison
March 14, 1959 – September 20, 2018
Preceded in death by parents, James and Lorraine Nicas. Survived by son, Benjamin Morrison (Alix); daughter, Paige Bankson (Joshua); grandchildren: Addy, Daniel, Connor, and Ella; siblings: Jim Nicas (Mary), Nancy Nicas, Bill Nicas (Leigh Ann), and Bob Nicas (Leslie); father of her children, John Morrison; other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends on Monday, September 24th from 6pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES: Tuesday, September 25th at 11am at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials will be directed by the family.
Pamela – or “PJ” – was born on March 14, 1959, here in Omaha. She was the third child of James and Lorraine Nicas. Princess Snowflake, as she was called by her mother, was a beautiful child with her delicate grace, deep blue eyes, and hair so fair that it seemed more white than blond.
Pam showed early talents for art, dance, and athletics. As she grew older, she concentrated on track, gaining acclaim as a sprinter, and staying in the sport through her graduation from Northwest High School and at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and still holds records for her accomplishments at the University to this day. She loved ballet, which she began at the age of four, debuting with a memorable performance as the world’s cutest “pink poodle.” She studied violin as a young teen which she very much enjoyed. PJ respected family tradition and passed it down to her two children but in her own way. Her own little quirks and style are what made her such a special woman.
PJ’s marriage to John Morrison was blessed with two children: Benjamin McRae, born in 1984 and Paige Marie, born in 1987. PJ and John were married for 17 years. Ultimately, they decided to divorce with a pact to remain bound as a family for their children in all ways except marriage. They remained steadfast friends and a united, supportive presence for their children. PJ loved her family more than anything in this world, and she gave her children all of her heart during her lifetime. This is evident from the way they have grown into successful, responsible, and caring adults.
As she matured, her artistic gifts began finding new outlets. She studied silversmithing, ultimately designing and making her own line of jewelry. She painted, and began studying aesthetics, and in addition to starting her own business, was certified as an instructor. She had a special gift of a healing touch and she shared that healing touch to any who needed it. Her loving energy and caring spirit helped many in the esthetics community. Great friends were found through her work in esthetics, and many lives were changed through love and service for one another.
She met and fell in love with Marc Singer and introduced the now prize-winning artist to painting. The two spent hours at their easels, growing and nurturing their relationship along with their talents. But the human face became her greatest canvas, with a large, loving, and devoted clientele who never left her shop without feeling beautiful. Many of those women spent weeks caring for her during her illness along with close friend and family. These people are a living testament to the powers of loyalty, friendship, and grace that Pamela demonstrated so clearly throughout her life. She was a special woman; there will never be another PJ in this world. Full of life, creativity, passion, and love. but every person she touched in her life, will always have a piece of her in their hearts.
Pamela is survived by hundreds of loving friends and relatives. Son Ben and his wife Alix gave her the gift of three grandchildren: Daniel, Connor, and Addy. Her daughter Paige and her husband Josh Bankson have a daughter Ella. She is also survived by former husbands John Morrison and Don Rhoden, partner and friend Marc Singer, along with her four siblings, their spouses, as well as* nieces and nephews, cousins and aunts. Older brother James Richard, wife Mary, and adult children James, Ian, and Michaela all live in Texas. “Older-Younger Brother” William Edwin and his wife Leigh Ann, are residents of the Denver, Colorado area. Their son Will lives in Texas and daughter Haley attends college in Virginia. Youngest brother Robert and his wife Leslie live in Omaha, and their son Jack is in Lincoln studying at the University of Nebraska. Her sister Nancy Nicas also lives in Omaha.
Pamela died of pancreatic cancer after a long and painful struggle, on the morning of September 20, 2018. We all mourn her passing and celebrate her life – however short – and the gifts she leaves with us. The greatest of these and her lasting legacy is Love: love for friends, love for family, love for beauty, and love for Christ. Our gift to her is a commitment to respect, honor, and share that love throughout our own lives.