Pamela Rose Battershell
August 2, 1951-January 14, 2021
February 25, 2021
Pamela Rose Battershell went home to Heaven on January 14, 2021, surrounded by the love of her family after battling pancreatic cancer. She was born to Alvira and Archie Shilling on August 2, 1951, in Portland, Oregon. She was the oldest of 9 children born to Alvira.
Pam married Vern Denison in 1967, they later divorced. She then met and married her soulmate Frank Battershell. Together they raised their four children and enjoyed the outdoors, especially the beach. After the death of her husband, Frank, Pam moved to Waitsburg, WA, and resided there until her death.
Pam worked primarily in the healthcare field as a Certified Nurses Aid until an injury forced her into early retirement. After her retirement, she worked as a foster parent for the State of Washington.
Known to many simply as Nana, Pam was born to be a caregiver, starting with her siblings (some of them well into their adult life). She had a hand in raising four biological children, one adopted daughter, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, numerous adopted-in-her-heart children, and she fostered countless others. She had a huge heart and a spirit for service. Pam showed her love for others with food. She was a frequent contributor to the food bank and would cook and bake for those she loved or needed.
Pam loved children and laughing. Nothing brought her greater joy than spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her eyes would light up with joy as she watched their antics. Many times, she would be the instigator of their pranks and profess her innocence if confronted about her misdeeds. Although she would never admit it, she also loved her grand dogs, sneaking them pats and snacks when she thought no one was looking.
Pam was preceded in death by her husband Frank Battershell, a son Dennis Denison, her father Archie Schilling, and brother Michell Sweet. She is survived by her mother Alvira Gore; sons Vernon Denison Jr. and Glen Denison; a daughter Tonya Battershell-Hulce; adopted daughter Chelsea Gore; grandchildren Jaimee Knudson, Darien Hulce, Ronnie Hulce, Maurisa Hulce, Dakota Christ, Levi Denison, Austin Denison, Evan Denison, and Shawna Denison; great-grandchildren Natalie Knudson, Emily Knudson, Isaac Knudson, Uriah York, and Axel Stenson; siblings Dennis Schilling, Patrick Shilling, Darrel Sweet, Brian Sweet, Michael Sweet, Tammy Leavitt, and Tia Gore.
Donations may be made in her honor to the Waitsburg Food Bank or the Waitsburg Christian Church.