Pamela Jo Steinman
July 28, 1956 – September 11, 2020
Pamela Jo Steinman of Amarillo passed away September 11, 2020. She was born July 28, 1956 at Farmington, New Mexico. She was the daughter of Hulon and Tommie Pernell Eppler. Pam is survived by her mother, Tommie Eppler of Mission Viejo, CA, husband Michael Steinman of Amarillo, daughter Stephanie Fjetland of Austin, sister Gail Bennett of Mission Viejo, and her grandchildren Mason, Wyatt, Rory, Raea, and Gage Fjetland of Amarillo. She was preceded in death by her father, Hulon V. Eppler, Jr. and daughter Michelle Steinman-Davis.
Pam attended schools in Gallup and Kirtland, NM, graduating from Central High School in Kirtland in 1974. While in school, she was a People to People ambassador and represented the United States in several European countries. She was elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges in 1975. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from New Mexico State University San Juan Branch and attended New Mexico State University where she was a member of the Cardinal Key Honor Society and Chi Omega women’s fraternity.
She married Michael Steinman on May 20, 1978 in Las Cruces, NM and the couple made their home in Amarillo. After marriage, Pam completed her education and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from West Texas State University.
After graduation, she became a special education teacher in the Amarillo Independent School District and was a resource teacher at Lamar and Eastridge Elementary Schools. She was initiated into the Eta Phi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and became a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Pam served as president of the Amarillo ATPE from 1987 to 1988. Pam retired from teaching in 1994 to be a stay at home mom for her daughters. She enjoyed drawing and painting and worked with several media. She also enjoyed music, photography, and reading. Most of all she enjoyed being Nana to her grandchildren and aunt to her nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the High Plains Food Bank or the Ronald McDonald House.
- Ryan Grzelczyk, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jim Bennett, Honorary Pallbearer
- Nathan Pillsbury, Honorary Pallbearer
- Shawn Kinser, Honorary Pallbearer
- Bart Hine, Honorary Pallbearer
- Charles Russell, Honorary Pallbearer
- Steve Steinman, Honorary Pallbearer
- Greg Steinman, Honorary Pallbearer
- Mason Fjetland, Honorary Pallbearer
- Wyatt Fjetland, Honorary Pallbearer
- Aurora Fjetland, Honorary Pallbearer
- Alan Scruggs, Honorary Pallbearer
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
Pamela Jo Steinman
September 18, 2020
Mike and Stephanie, I'm so very sorry. We had such a journey together for a few years ... Pam always talked about her 'inner child', so I'd always acknowledge that part of her, too. Usually, we'd catch up at Belmar Bakery. I'd get a big, long hug and the news. You both have had quite a year of loss and I'm so sorry.
With love always, dj
Joseph & Carol Birchman
September 18, 2020
Carol and I are thinking of you and your family on this unhappy day. You know that we didn’t know Pam very well but always looked forward to seeing the two of you when you were able to get down our way. My one regret is not being able to visit you guys more often and perhaps visiting with you in Amarillo. I hope you are able to find peace and love within the comfort of your family. Again, if there is anything that we can do, please do not hesitate to ask. God bless you and your family.
With your approval, we are making a donation in Pam’s memory to the Ronald McDonald House.
Carol and Joe Birchman
September 17, 2020
September 16, 2020
September 15, 2020
Pam reached out to me because she knew my husband and I were caring for my mom with severe dementia in our home. She had read a book that she thought might be of help to us in understanding the disease and it's progression. She said she would send it to me and within a few days it arrived!
I read it from cover to cover and I used it as my guide. I am so thankful to Pam
for her thoughtful kind gift and the tenderness and compassion she shared in helping me through a rough time. I will never forget what a difference it made in my ability to take care of my mom.