Pamala Lin Tapley
June 6, 1954 – October 13, 2020
Pamala L. Tapley, 66, of Windham, Maine. Pamala sadly and unfortunately passed on Oct. 13th, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine. She was surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Portland, Maine on June 6th, 1954, the daughter of Catherine and Harold Chadwick. She had nine siblings and was predeceased by her parents and sisters Alfreda Buck, Cheryl Lowell, Gladys Ringenback. She is survived by brothers Preston Chadwick and Harold Chadwick, as well as sisters Gracelyn Pease, Emma Harrison, Arlene Chadwick and Marilouise Hoag.
She also called Patricia Pease (Farrar) of Merrimack, Massachusetts, lovingly so, "Mom" and was humbled by the support and the additional siblings and their children that tied her family together.
Pamala worked as a nurse specializing in geriatric care and spent her career in nursing homes, aiding those who she felt needed it most. She was able to touch hundreds of lives and make countless lifelong friendships over the years. She was well respected and admired by her colleagues. She loved her profession, her patients, and had passion in her abilities and grew from the wisdom her patients gave her. She adored being a nurse almost as much as she loved her family.
She married the love of her life Norman Tapley Jr. They were inseparable and spent 50 happy years together. They wanted nothing more than to create a family of their own. After many hardships they were blessed with four daughters; Melanie Goodman (Tapley) and her husband David Goodman of Quincy, Mass. Melissa Tapley of Butler, PA, Michelle Tapley of Windham, ME and Megan Tapley and her fiancé David Paradis of Clinton, ME. Pamala was so proud of her family and of her 8 grandchildren. She was especially proud and most fond of her grandchildren.
Pamala loved to dance with her husband at any opportunity, she loved to travel to create memories with loved ones and take on new experiences and was always content on any beach. Her friends remember her as someone willing to set out on any journey and help them weather the storm. She had the ability to walk into any room with an energy about her that could make anyone smile even in the hardest of times. Her kindness was contagious and she was so thankful for all opportunities others offered. From neighbors and organizations that helped her build her family, it completed her as a person and she was always grateful.
Pamala had many friends, in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins and will be deeply missed by them all.
Per Pamala's wishes there will be no funeral but there will be an intimate Celebration of Life at North Windham Union Church on Saturday October 17th from 2 to 4pm.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Pamala Lin Tapley
October 17, 2020
Pam has been a wonderful neighbor for many years. Both her medical knowledge and “mom” knowledge gave me a great deal of support over the years. She has lovingly shared her daughters and grand daughters with us. We have been grateful to watch her lovely daughters grow up and start their own families. We will miss her humor and presence greatly. Deepest condolences to all.
October 17, 2020
I spent many days at the beach with Pam’s children and many days at her house in middle and high school. She was a hard worker and I would see her many times after she worked long hours at the nursing home. She was a wonderful person and my heart goes out to Norman and all of her daughters at this difficult time.