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Weed Corley Fish Funeral Homes and Cremation Services

3125 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Pamela Jo Hooser Binder

13 January, 19501 January, 2020

Pamela Jo Hooser Binder died peacefully following a lengthy illness on January 1, 2020.

Pam was born in Plainview, Texas on January 13, 1950 to Mary Jo and A. H. “Jim” Hooser. She moved with her parents to Austin in 1959 and became a proud Austinite for the rest of her life. She attended Gullett Elementary and Lamar Jr. High, and graduated McCallum High School in 1969. While at McCallum, she was editor of the school yearbook and President of the YMCA Tri-Hi-Y Youth and Government club and won the nickname of “The Little General” for her drive and ability to get things done. Pam joyously spent the rest of her life helping to plan reunions of her beloved high school class.

Pam earned her Bachelor of Education degree at Texas Tech University, and was a proud member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She then returned to Austin to follow her father into the field of education and earned her Master of Education degree from what was then Southwest Texas State University. Pam taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades at eight different AISD elementary schools over her professional career. She loved teaching and savored watching her students grow and succeed, and was always a student favorite.

In 1982, Pam met another teacher, Joe Binder and they married in 1984. The two of them enthusiastically supported each other’s teaching careers until they retired. They also shared their love of dogs; camping throughout Texas, Colorado and Arkansas; volleyball; stamp collecting; photography; and many happy hours turning their backyard into a gardening wonderland.

Pam was predeceased by both of her parents and is survived by her beloved husband and best friend, Joe; her brother, Greg Hooser and his wife, Anne; her nephews, Allen Hooser and his wife, Leslie, and Austin Hooser and his wife, Alicia; her niece Aubrey Hooser Cunningham and her husband, Anthony; and great nephews Regan and Will Hooser and great niece; Raleigh Hooser.

Joe and the family will be forever grateful for the love, friendship and care of Pam’s lifelong friends Sherry Guthrie and Terry McKetta.

A celebration of Pam’s life will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, January 15th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705.

In lieu of flowers, Pam requested that remembrance gifts be made to the Central Texas Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, P.O. Box 98, Cedar Park, Texas 78630.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, 15 January , 2020

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Jim Girardeau

January 15, 2020

I just learned of Pam’s passing today. I know she had been sick for a few years, so am glad she’s finally at peace.

I’ve known Pam since 6th grade at Gulliet Elementary School and we were neighbors in Allendale North. Pam was one of my, well everyone’s, best friends. Pam’s happiness, smile and outgoing personality were contagious.

In almost every group I have been associated with, there seems to be that one person that takes the reins and gets things done. She was that person who led a group of hardworking classmates to pull off 3-day reunions for the 1968 McCallum Class every 5-years, if I’m not mistaken.

Pam, you will be missed and forever in my heart.

Richard Seifert

January 13, 2020

I first met Pam at Gullett Elementary School. At Lamar and McCallum, Pam was a great friend. We are all grateful for all you did for our McCallum Knights.

LaKiza Fowler

January 7, 2020

Mrs. Binder was my fifth grade teacher at Webb a long time ago. She was always one of my favorite teachers. I remember her teaching our class the board game Boggle. I play it to this day with my family! She will always hold a special place in my heart. Family, please accept my sincerest condolences. Rest in Peace Mrs. Binder.

Ron Mitchell

January 5, 2020

The character of Pam's life lived might be summed up in a few words: She was sincere, loyal, accomplished, celebrated, and matchless in her consequential ability to engage others in the appreciation and celebration of life long friendships.

My foremost thought at this moment is the loss of a great champion of enthusiasm for whatever task she took in hand, and how that enthusiasm gave so many of us the opportunity to reflect and appreciate our unique classmates of 1968.

To Joe and Pam's family please accept for yourself, and all who mourn with you, my heartfelt sympathy.

God bless you Pam and thank you for the memories.

Ron

Susan Higley

January 4, 2020

Pam will always be a part of my heart. We have known each other for more than 60 years. She was one of the first people at Gullett Elementary who reached out to me after our family moved to Austin in 1959. We tried out for cheerleader together, belonged to the same clubs at Lamar and McCallum, were invited to the same slumber parties, shared an advisory once and a while; and after high school, we spent the last 50 years or more working on reunions. She was definitely the glue that kept the class of 1968 together.

For years, I have always had a January birthday party at my house for her and two others from our high school class. It was always a highlight and a way to bring in the new year!

I will miss her and I will also be grateful that she is no longer in so much pain. Her legacy is that of love, community, and friendship ... and the friendship we shared will always bring me great joy!

Sandra Fritz

January 4, 2020

Pam , You brought so much love and Joy to so many people. Your memory will live on in our lives for years to come. You brought so many people and memories together for our Class Reunions. We would not have had the reunions with out your hard work you put into them. You will be missed greatly.

McCallum Class of '68

Lynda Massey Sparks

January 4, 2020

Pam was one of a kind. She loved everything about life. She tracked me down about reunions and every event she thought I might be interested in. She was a great friend.

Sara Wise Gucker

January 4, 2020

I am going to miss Pam. She and I attended McCallum and Texas Tech together. She was such a vivacious person and always got things done. We shared a lot together and had so many fun times through the years. We were good friends. We are praying for Joe and the family.

Tom Rice

January 3, 2020

We are heartbroken at your passing Pam. You were loved by many and will be missed by many more. Maybe when we pass on... we'll see this smiling face to check us into that great beyond.

Margaret Frey Lindsey

January 3, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Pam's passing! She and I went to Gullett Elementary together and walked home together every evening, usually singing all the way home. She was a good friend when I was a child and so kind. I'm so sorry she's gone. Prayers to her family.

FROM THE FAMILY