Pamela Diane DePue Lovelady
1957 – 2023
Pamela Diane DePue Lovelady (65), a beloved child of God living in Yukon, OK died on June 15, 2023. She was born on December 31, 1957, in Oklahoma City, OK. Her childhood and youth were shaped by the various places the family lived: Enid, Oklahoma; Carmi, Illinois; and Guthrie, Oklahoma where she graduated from Guthrie High School in 1976. Pam discovered, and cultivated, her gifts as a vocalist throughout junior high and high school, culminating in receiving numerous superior ratings at district, state, and Tri-State competitions. This led Pam to become a Music Major at the University of Oklahoma focusing in vocal performance. She graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a degree in Business Administration in 2008.
Pam was someone who loved to serve others. This began as a candy striper at a local nursing home in Carmi, in Guthrie as a city canvas aide and Red Cross aide, and at First Presbyterian Church, where Pam attended mission trips with her youth group. As a parent, Pam also enjoyed serving on the Monroe Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization Board while her children were enrolled there. Pam loved singing in the church choir and playing handbells at First Presbyterian Church, Edmond. She particularly loved using her gifts as a pianist and singer to serve as a Music Cha for many Oklahoma Presbyterian Cursillo/Pilgrimage retreats and serenades.
Pam had various places of employment, but whether she was placing the digital advertisements into the Daily Oklahoman newspaper at OPUBCO, serving as a sales clerk at the LEGO® Store, a cashier at Crest, or her last position as a patient care assistant for Elara Caring, Pam loved helping people feel welcomed and assisting them in some way. If you knew Pam, you know she LOVED to talk. Pam has been described as someone who loved to tell a story, had a smile for everyone, and greeted people with genuine curiosity. She had an amazing memory and frequently served as the family historian. Having met you once, Pam would be able to call you by name when she encountered you again and accurately refer to details, she had learned in your first conversation. Pam was protective and loyal to her family, had a fierce and deep love for her grandchildren, was loyal to her job, and loved her clients.
Pam was preceded in death by her parents Barbara and Dale DePue, and granddaughter Walker. Pam is survived by daughters Madelyne Lovelady (Brian Geiss) of Yukon, OK and Jennifer Lovelady of Bethany, OK; grandchildren Emma Claire, Chloe, Christina, Brayden, Hunter and Morgan; sister Tracy DePue of Little Rock, AR; cousin and supportive guide through this last season of her life Denise Childress (Dave) of Edmond, OK; her father’s widow Crystal McGee DePue of Edmond, OK; and ex-husband Rob Lovelady (Amber) of Bethany, OK; along with numerous extended family and friends.
The family invites you to celebrate Pam’s life by making a memorial contribution to: Special Care, Inc., a non-profit organization that serves over 200 children, aged 6 weeks to 21 years of age, with varying abilities. Two-thirds of the children they serve have identified special needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, and a wide variety of sensory integration and multi-disabling disorders. The remaining third of their student population is typically developing children (children who do not have special needs). The mission of Special Care is to nurture all children with and without special needs in safe, inclusive and supportive environments through education, therapeutic intervention and community acceptance. Checks may be sent to: Special Care, Inc. 12201 North Western Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73114 or donate online at (https://specialcareinc.org).
Memorial Services will be held Tuesday June 27, 2023, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, Oklahoma.