Pamela A. Waller, 58, of Sandwich, Ill., passed away suddenly on Sunday evening, Feb. 15, 2009.
She was born Aug. 31, 1950, the daughter of Alfred and Mariam (Meyer) Sullivan in Cincinnati, OH.
Pam grew up in near Cincinnati for a time and attended local schools. Later her family moved to Florissant, Mo., and stayed through her junior year in high school. In 1967, they moved once more to Glen Ellyn, Ill., where she finished out her senior year at St. Francis Catholic High School.
Pam was married early in life and during that time had two children, Annette in 1971 and Joseph in 1974. In 1979, she was remarried to Stephen Waller in Wheaton, Ill. They made their home together in Glen Ellyn, where the family grew to include Christina in 1981, and Shaun completed the family in 1984. Later in 1990, the family moved to Aurora. Pam moved once more in 2004 to Sandwich, Ill., where she has since made her home.
Throughout her life, Pam worked several jobs but never found a career. Instead she focused her energy into her passion, which was writing. Romance was her specialty, but she also found time to write poetry and songs. Her first major success came in the late 1990s when her first book, â€œTreasure My Heart,â€ was published. Several novels followed, including â€œThe Glass Rose,â€ â€œThe Ryan Brides,â€ â€œMacLeedâ€™s Bride,â€ and â€œThe Walk.â€
Pam was a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and the International Society of Poets.
Pamâ€™s heart was always open to anyone who needed an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on or to help celebrate a victory. She was also very proud of her Irish heritage, which was reflected in the research of her genealogy. In earlier years, she was fond of making charcoal drawings and later creations featured paintings in water color.
Her imagination didnâ€™t stop there as she flexed her artistic flair in various forms, including arts and crafts, usually resulting in beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry. As a young woman, Pam took classes to become a beautician. Those lessons served her well over the years as friends and family benefited from her talent.
In her spare time, and sometimes a source of inspiration, Pam indulged in romance and fantasy movies, though anything with Johnny Depp was fair game. She also was a collector of Betty Boop nostalgia, as well as fairies and angels. If there was a soundtrack to Pamâ€™s life, it would have to include her favorite artist Phil Collins and her favorite genre, Celtic music. Pamâ€™s first priority was her family, but she lived for her grandkids. Though she left too soon, Pamâ€™s legacy of love and imagination will be felt for many years and generations to come. In recent months, she acquired an interest in NASCAR; (her favorite driver was Carl Edwards of the #99 car).
She now leaves her four children, Annette Pezzute and her children, Anthony, Stephanie, and Nicholas; Joseph Behr and his children, Morgan and Joshua; Christina Waller and her son, Zachery Clayton; and Shaun Waller; their father/step-father, Stephen H. Waller; two brothers, John Sullivan and Dan Sullivan; six sisters, Maureen Falkenberg, Sharon Sullivan, Geri Fata, Nancy Blocker, Laurie Hendrickson and Jennifer Howell; one uncle, Roger Sullivan; many nieces and nephews and a family of friends.
She now joins her parents, Alfred and Mariam Sullivan; one grandson, A.J.; one aunt, Helen Meyer; and both paternal and fraternal grandparents, who preceded her in death.
Friends may call from 3 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life will follow visitation at 8 p.m. Rev. Gary McCann, pastor of New England Congregational Church, Aurora, will officiate. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the â€œPamela Waller Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.