Pamela Rea Sloane, 1947-2017
Pamela Rea Sloane, 1947-2017
Pamela Rea Sloane passed away surrounded by her loved ones on July 20, 2017, following a diagnosis of Leukemia and complications of a bone marrow transplant. She retained her humor and zest for life throughout the challenges of her illness. Her indomitable spirit will continue to guide and inspire us.
Pam was born Sept. 22, 1947, and grew up outside of Detroit in Ferndale, Michigan, as the second oldest of four siblings. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in English. A born teacher, Pam’s first career was as a high school English teacher. After moving to San Francisco in 1971 she finished fashion design school and worked as a news reporter and editor. In 1974, she and her then husband Robert Hirt had their daughter, Melissa (Missi). An avid life-long learner, Pam enjoyed studying languages and gained fluency in Spanish. She continued her formal education at San Francisco State University earning a Masters Degree in ESL. This led to an accomplished career in high tech public relations and educational software.
Pam was a constant source of love, compassion, and guidance. She was one of a kind, and cherished by all those who knew her. Pam was elegant, honorable, and a strong woman. She was extremely intelligent, wise, and wonderfully witty. You would be ill-matched in any game of Scrabble or a crossword puzzle. Pam was also very fun-loving, spiritual, and wonderfully creative. One of her favorite things to do was dance. Over her lifetime, Pam performed as a belly dancer, a flamenco dancer, and a go-go dancer. She even made an appearance on TV as “Ferndale’s Hully Gully Queen.” She had an infectious energy and a boisterous laugh that could fill the room … and all the other rooms nearby!
Pam enjoyed spending retirement in her country garden home in Kenwood with her husband and life’s partner of 38 years, Michael Yamaguchi, and their prized Maine Coon cat, Jazzi. Here she joined the Newcomers group, taught a creative writing class, practiced drawing, painting, journaling, and sewing. For her, Kenwood was a place of respite. She would often unwind under the garden gazebo, enjoy a glass of Sonoma wine, and watch Jazzi ineffectively chase creatures in the yard. Next to San Francisco, it was Pam’s happy place.
Pam was predeceased by her parents, Lee and Doris Sloane, of Traverse City, Michigan. She is survived by her loving husband Mike, her daughter Missi Gavic (nee Hirt), and her young granddaughters, Camryn and Aubrey. She was proud to be an eighth generation of women patriots and a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution. A Celebration of Life will be held in May. Donations may be made in Pam’s honor to the Ceres Project, a nonprofit she advocated for and which provides meals for the chronically ill.