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Pamela Greene

August 10, 1953 ~ June 12, 2020 (age 66)

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With profound sadness we announce the passing of Pamela Greene, a loving wife, a devoted mother and sister, a proud grandmother, and a loyal friend to all whose lives she touched. She is remembered as a truly amazing woman with a larger than life personality whose generosity and spirit knew no limits. While we mourn our loss and miss her dearly, we are encouraged by the understanding of why she has been called to her eternal home. Her earthly temple could no longer accomplish the work that our Heavenly Father needed her to do. She accomplished so many great things in life; we can only imagine the triumphs she will achieve as a celestial spirit.

 First and foremost, and above all things, Pam was a dedicated mother. She treasured her children and embraced each moment with them. She especially loved her role as Nana. She had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh. She made friends everywhere she went, whether at JC Penny, at a yard sale, or at the base commissary. All who loved her, loved her dearly and will never forget her tenacity, wit, charm, (when pertinent) and undying love and care for them.

 The daughter of John Edward Charman and Molly Hilda Ranger-Charman, Pammy, as she was affectionately called by her father, was born on August 10th 1953 in Newhaven, Sussex, England.  Pamela had 2 sisters, Sonia and Susan, and 3 brothers, Michael, Frank, and Leslie. After graduating from Tideway School in 1970, Pam worked as an au pair in Holland before moving to Spain where she graduated from culinary school.  It was 1975 in Spain where she met the love of her life, Arthur Greene, who was stationed at Moron Air Base.

Did you know Pam and Arthur got married while Arthur was on his lunch break? When Arthur had received orders to leave Moron Air Base and report to his next duty station at March Air Base in Riverside, California, Pam applied for a U. S. visa and accompanied him there. On the morning of January 12, 1977, Arthur got up, put on his uniform, went to work and returned home during his lunch break to take his bride to the county clerk’s office at March Air Force Base where they got married and truly lived happily ever after. Although their wedding was intimate and short, it perfectly represented the rich love and fidelity they both had for each other and it was in no way reflective of their longstanding union of 44 years, which has withstood all tests of time and trials of burden.  Pam’s love came with no price tag or pretense.  Her gracious benevolence was ceaseless.

 After Arthur’s final relocation to Eglin Air Base in Okaloosa, Florida, Pam applied for U.S. citizenship. One of her proudest moments was becoming a citizen of the United States on November 18, 1994. This may explain why she loved the popular television show, 90 Day Fiancé, so much. Throughout her life in Okaloosa, Pam held several positions as bank teller, doctor’s office manager, and retail clerk. Pam’s greatest gift was her ability to see value in all things and people.  She surrounded herself with her friends and her treasures and spent her days delivering smiles to as many people as she could. At a yard sale (or any sale really), she could strike a deal in a flash. “Never accept the first price, mate,” she would say: sound advice for any yard sale fledgling.

Pam courageously battled 2 rounds of cancer for 4 years. She was first diagnosed in December 2016 with ovarian cancer.  She remained upbeat, energetic, and determined to fight. And she won. 2 years later, she learned that the cancer had returned. Again, she fought. Even though her health deteriorated, her spirit remained very strong. She had a lifetime of love and happiness and spending her final months watching her grandson grow was everything she dreamed it might be.  For hours each day she would spend just watching him, making him laugh, and encouraging him to smile, much like she continues to do so now as his guardian angel.

On June 12th, 2020, Pamela left us while sleeping peacefully at Covenant Care Center for Hospice Care at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Florida.  She was in her 66th year.  Pam’s departure was prolonged yet sudden. She is no longer in pain.  We draw strength from our belief in God, our assurance in knowing that she is finally in peace and our joyful recollection of Pam’s favorite song, “There Will Be Peace In The Valley One Day.” Perhaps this song was her way of letting us know that she lived a good life and it was time for her new journey to begin.

 Oh well, I'm tired and so weary

But I must go alone
Till the Lord comes and calls
Calls me away, oh yes
Well the morning's so bright
And the lamp is alight
And the night, night is as black
As the sea, oh yes

There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me, for me

Well the bear will be gentle
And the wolves will be tame
And the lion shall lay down by the lamb, oh yes
And the beasts from the wild
Shall be lit by a child
And I'll be changed
Changed from this creature that I am, oh yes

There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me, for me

 Pam left a legacy that will not be forgotten.  She taught us so much about love, about life and about being a good person. She taught us to be generous.  She taught us to be courageous.  She taught us to live fearlessly.  She taught us that there’s no such thing as too many knickknacks. She taught us to be indulgent and persistent and diligent and that we should never settle or compromise. She may be gone physically from this world, but through our memories of her, she will live on forever.

 Together, Pam and Arthur had two children.  Haley L. Greene-Floyd was born on August 1st 1980.  Gavin F. Greene was born September 14th 1983.  Absolutely nothing gave Pamela more joy than her most precious grandson, Moses A. Floyd, IV, who was born on March 1, 2019.

 Pam will be lovingly remembered by her best friend and husband of 44 years, Arthur, and her children, Haley (Moses) and Gavin. Pam will also be fondly cherished by her grandson, Moses IV and forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. Pam was predeceased by her father, Edward Charman, mother, Molly Hilda Ranger-Charman and sisters, Sonia Margaret and Susan.

  

 

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Services

Viewing
Thursday
June 18, 2020

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Funeral Service
Thursday
June 18, 2020

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Reception
Thursday
June 18, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Donations

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345
Web: http://www.cancer.org/