Pamela Anne Jones
August 15, 1943 – February 5, 2020
Pamela Anne Jones was born in Portland, Oregon on August 15th, 1943. She passed away after a 2-year battle with cancer on February 5th, 2020. She was beloved for her kindness, generosity, quilting, and sourdough baking. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dr. Harold Jones, and their standard poodle Mishka; her daughter Rhiannon Gallagher of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Rhiannon’s husband Patrick and son Brendan; her daughter Dorrie Munhall of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Dorrie’s husband Mike and children Anna and Henry. Pam will also be missed by the Colorado College community and alumni, her book review and stitching clubs, and her beloved neighbors.
Pam graduated from Portland State University with a psychology degree. She was the administrator for the Colorado Springs Chorale for many years, and also worked as a program assistant for the Colorado College Economics Department. She was a volunteer throughout her life with the League of Women Voters, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Urban Peaks, the Center on Fathering, and many other organizations. She was most proud of her years as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, where she guided many children through the juvenile court system to safe and healthy home environments. She received a Colorado Supreme Court Award for volunteer service in 2001.
An avid runner for many years, Pam was involved in the Pikes Peak Road Runners. She completed many 5 and 10k races and the Denver Marathon as well. She continued to stay active until her cancer diagnosis, swimming each week, walking with friends, and hiking on local trails. She was an encyclopedia of local flora and fauna and a knowledgeable bird watcher throughout her life.
Pam believed that she could create a better world by acting locally, and she was an inspiring example. After she fell when walking across the train tracks near Uintah Street, she lobbied for and won the pedestrian bridge over the tracks from Monument Valley Park. When the city put up new street signs for ‘Wiliamette Avenue,’ Pam was furious, as an Oregonian and former Willamette University student. She spent weeks speaking out at city planning meetings until the signs were corrected.
She also invested time, energy, and money in the Middle Shooks Run neighborhood she loved. A few years ago, she started a ‘Kindness Fund’ at Columbia Elementary School, making sure the students there have the hot lunches, warm clothes, supplies, and cultural experiences they deserve. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pam Jones Kindness Fund at Columbia Elementary School, 835 East Saint Vrain Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Or start your own Kindness Fund at a public school near you.
A celebration of Pam’s beautiful and generous life will take place in mid-May of this year. Contact email@example.com for details.