Pamela (Piboin) Beasley passed away at her home near Mabank on May 22, 2017, after full kidney failure and five months of struggle from complications following multiple surgeries. A memorial service is scheduled for noon Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Madisonville Cemetery in Madisonville, to inter the final portion of her ashes alongside her parents and her brother. A private memorial service was held on July 15, 2017, at the home of her daughter, and with the help of Pam’s family and friends, portions of her ashes have been spread in Alaska and Colorado.
Pam, as she was usually called, was born to Lamar and Norma (Adkins) Piboin on June 6, 1946 in Huntsville, where her older brother, Louis, born just over two years earlier. In 1947, the family moved to Madisonville where a little more than two years later, her younger brother Bert was born. She and her brothers grew up in Madisonville, attended schools there, and attended The First Baptist Church of Madisonville. Pam made excellent grades throughout her school years, and while in high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated salutatorian of her senior class. She participated in the Future Homemakers of America, attending numerous events and winning numerous awards. Pam was a member of the yearbook staff, Spanish and Math clubs, and competed and placed in district competitions in UIL Number Sense.
After high school, Pam attended Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Education, with a specialization in Home Economics (now called Family and Consumer Sciences). While at Stephen F. Austin, Pam met and married James Beasley. During their marriage of 15 years, they had a daughter, Sandra Kay, who was born in 1969. After Pam graduated, she and James moved to the Dallas area, where Pam began a teaching career in the Mesquite School District where she taught Home Economics until her retirement about 30 years later. She also completed a master’s degree in Education at East Texas State University in Commerce (now Texas A&M-Commerce).
Throughout her adult life, Pam was an accomplished seamstress. She made all sorts of clothing — prom dresses, wedding dresses, and uniforms of various sorts which included making new outfits for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
In June of 1991, Pam went to an awards dinner involving the charity CARE where singer/songwriter John Denver received a humanitarian award for his work to end world hunger. Pam also attended her first John Denver concert around this time and began to meet people who enjoyed his music and charitable endeavors. This group of friends became a spiritual home for her. She met Mary Ledford, who became her best friend and with whom she made numerous travels to John Denver concerts and conferences connected to his charitable pursuits. After his death, she and Mary and other fans made an annual trip to Aspen, Colo., where John Denver fans celebrated his life and supported his charities. In 2006, Pam organized a trip for a group of nine friends to the Little Mulchatna Lodge in Alaska where John Denver went many times as a place of retreat and to reconnect with nature. (It was also an important location in the documentary, “Let There Be a Voice,” that John produced for public television).
Although Pam eventually had to stop making the trips to Aspen due to increasing lack of mobility, she continued to keep in contact with these friends. She also became a very happy grandmother after the birth of her grandson in 2008. She took care of him for her daughter and son-in-law when their work required them to be away from home for extended periods. Pam never stopped her sewing, knitting and crocheting. She made many things for family, friends and charity, including a number of lap robes for wounded veterans at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland.
Pam was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Louis. She is survived by her daughter Sandra Aycock, her son-in-law Paul Aycock, her grandson Ethan Aycock, and her brother Bert Piboin. Pam’s family also includes numerous cousins and a large family of friends, particularly those friends who shared her joy of the music and causes of John Denver.
In lieu of sending the family flowers or charitable gifts, a memorial may be made in Pam Beasley's name, with check payable to Sandra Aycock (20253 Leisureland Road, Mabank, TX 75156) with half going to the charities that she loved and the other half going to a college fund for her grandson Ethan Aycock.