Pamela Suzanne D’Amour
December 21, 1956 – March 9, 2020
Pam was born and raised in the small rural town of Live Oak, Florida. She was the oldest daughter of four to Frances and Earl Bullock. Pam’s love for nature originated from her family travels to the North Carolina mountains, Central Florida fresh water springs, and campgrounds across the southern US.
She took her passion for recreation and received her bachelor’s degree of Physical Education at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She loved cheering on the Gators, even later on when living in the Cornhusker State.
Pam married Captain Don Hiebert in 1981. He died in an aircraft accident two years into their marriage. After some time traveling and spending time with family, she settled in Macon, Georgia.
Pam married James D’Amour in 1989 and they had two children, Laura (1991) and Lindsay (1993). They traveled and moved for the military, ultimately settling in Omaha, Nebraska.
Pam taught Elementary students for Papillion LaVista schools for many years while raising her daughters. Her hospitable nature loved hosting social gatherings, St. Columbkille Church events, and she enjoyed traveling with her family. An avid learner, Pam continued her education and received her master’s degree to further develop her beloved students.
Pam could be found spending summer months gardening her hostas and daylilies. She was always excited about a dip in the pool and “getting a little sun” on the back porch. Pam offered a wise word in light-hearted conversation. If you wanted a good laugh or a tough life lesson, you went to Pam. She was bold and brave in her communication– with a charming southern accent.
Pam ended her 30 year teaching career at Sandoz Elementary of Millard Public Schools. She loved teaching ELL (English Language Learners) and connecting with refugee students coming to the United States. Her loving nature, open arms, big smile, and dedication to each individual made her Millard Teacher of the Year two years in a row. An award well deserved.
As her Parkinson’s Disease progressed, Pam continued making memories with friends and family for three years. She shared her heartbreak about leaving too soon, but still offered a hug or smile. Her legacy lives on through her daughters and many students who learned from an amazing teacher.
Preceded in death by father, Robert E. Bullock; first husband, Don Hiebert; and brothers, Kendall Bullock and Mitchell Bullock. Survived by daughters, Laura D’Amour and Lindsay VanZee (Alex); father of their children, James D’Amour; sister, Angela Sealey (James); and mother, Frances Bullock.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE to be held early April at Urban Abbey. Memorials are suggested to the National Park Foundation: https://www.nationalparks.org/support, Dreamweaver Foundation: https://dreamweaver.org/donate/ or Endless Journey Hospice: http://www.endlessjourneyhospice.com/giving/.
*Please wear something colorful to remember Pam’s vibrancy and brightness.