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Pamela Fielding James

January 13, 1945 — June 27, 2023

Pamela F. James, beloved wife of Lawrence (Larry) James, died Tuesday, June 27, 2023, in Albuquerque, NM of cardiac arrest, after a month-long aggressive medical treatment for a severe bacterial infection. Pamela was born Saturday, January 13, 1945, in Alexandria, VA. She lived in Warrenton, VA until her marriage, Saturday, July 20, 1963, when she became part of a USAF family with her husband. They resided in Ohio, California, and New Mexico, during 21 years of service to our country. Pam was preceded by her father Richard Henry Fielding; her mother Rose Hayes Fielding Ross; and her stepfather Wallace Ross.

Pam was a lifelong Historian, earning a degree at the University of New Mexico, a master’s degree at California State University, Long Beach and a PhD at the University of New Mexico. Her doctorial research was a study of activities and roles of women throughout New Mexico during WWII. Study of her family history revealed Revolutionary patriots qualifying her mother and her to become members of National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. As a member of the Lew Wallace chapter of NSDAR in New Mexico, she served as chapter secretary.

Pam and Larry enjoyed sports as part of their life; tennis, golf and skiing. Pam had favorite ski destinations in California, Colorado and New Mexico, especially Taos, NM. Pam loved music and attended the symphony and opera in San Francisco, Dallas and New Mexico. Pam loved to travel, taking memorable trips to Europe, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

Pam learned to sew at as a teen and continued throughout her life. Quilting became a natural part of her love of sewing and making things of fabric. Her master’s degree thesis was a study of women’s social history revealed through quilting. Her personal collection of quilts contained special quilts she purchased, family made quilts and some she felt deserved her restoration efforts.

Her ashes will be placed in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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