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Pamela Nelson

September 10, 1951 — February 28, 2024

Pamela Nelson

September 10, 1951 — February 28, 2024


Obituary for Pamela Nelson:

In loving memory of Pamela Nelson, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who touched the lives of many with her kindness and laughter. Pamela was born on September 10, 1951, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Maile and Theodore Lauriano. She peacefully passed away on February 28, 2024.

Pamela led a fulfilling career as a paralegal for the Superior Courts of Orange County for 12 years, eventually retiring as a supervising manager to spend more time with her cherished grandchildren. Her dedication to her work was commendable, and her compassionate nature shone through in all she did.

Beyond her professional achievements, Pamela will be remembered for her love of family and holiday traditions. She created lasting memories through her delicious cooking, particularly her famous enchiladas and Mexican rice that sparked a new Christmas tradition in the family. Her presence during the holidays brought warmth and joy to all those around her.

Known for her welcoming demeanor and great sense of humor, Pamela had a special gift for making everyone feel at ease. Her hobbies included supporting her grandchildren at their games, crocheting with friends, watching game shows, true crime documentaries, and enjoying the thrill of gambling in Vegas - often treating herself to shopping sprees with her winnings on the way home.

Pamela's proudest accomplishments extended beyond herself as she generously supported organizations like the ASPCA, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and Disabled Veterans of America. Her love for animals was evident as she rescued and cared for numerous furry friends over the years, which included a baby hawk and spider monkey!

She is preceded in death by her parents Maile and Theodore Lauriano; sister Jeanette Barker; brother Theodore Lauriano Jr. Pamela is survived by her loving husband Ken Nelson; devoted daughters Vanessa Nelson and Tammy DeDen; caring son-in-law Matt DeDen; beloved grandchildren Taylor DeDen and Nicole DeDen; nephew Edward Barker; niece Tracey Barker; great-nephew Tyler Barker; nephews Robert Lauriano and Theodore Lauriano III; niece Ramona Lauriana; along with a host of other relatives and friends who will deeply miss her presence.

Services to honor and celebrate Pamela's life will be held on April 13, 2024, starting at 11:30 AM at Forest Lawn - Cypress - Patriots Chapel in Cypress, California.

Pamela Nelson will forever remain in our hearts as we carry forward the light of her love and laughter. May she rest in peace knowing she made a significant impact on all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Service Schedule

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Funeral Service of Pamela Nelson

Saturday, April 13, 2024

11:30am - 12:30 pm (Pacific time)

Forest Lawn - Cypress - Patriots Chapel

4471 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630

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