Pamela A. “Pammie” Minnick, of Mashpee, MA, passed away at Falmouth Hospital on April 7, 2018. She was 72 years old. Pamela is the beloved wife of Thomas P. Minnick to whom she was married for 49 very happy years.
Pammie was born in Hamilton, OH on June 25, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Appenzeller. After high school, she attended Miami University of Ohio where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in math and computer science and later attended Xavier University where she completed her Master’s Degree in Computer Science. Pammie enjoyed a 34 year career as an educator, teaching both math and computer science at the high school level. While teaching she also spent her time coaching high school swimming, softball, cheerleading and the computer club.
Pammie loved all things to do with the ocean, she was an avid scuba diver and found sea turtle rescue especially fulfilling. Later in her life she combined her passion and work and became a member of the Emerald Isle City Planning Board as well as the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Rescue Coordinator where she was recognized as one of the leading volunteers in the State of North Carolina. Additionally Pammie volunteered her time to many other wonderful organizations, including ten years as Manager of “Hem of Garment” which provided much needed assistance to struggling families.
In addition to her beloved husband Thomas, Pammie is survived by her daughter Kristina Westerling and her husband Austin, of Wellesley, MA; her three grandchildren, Aaron, Makenze, and Ashley; her 11 nieces and nephews, and many good friends and beloved former students.
Pammie will be remembered for many things – her tireless love of family and former students, her devotion to helping people and eternal kindness, her radiant smile, master storytelling and endlessly spoiling her three grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Saint Mildred Catholic Church of Swansboro, NC. A reception will follow at the Dolphin Ridge Club, Emerald Isle, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pammie’s memory to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at PO Box 2095, Surf City, NC 28445 OR online at www.seaturtlehospital.org.