25-05-1939 – 16- 10- 2012
Looking at the years of Pam, we can state with confidence that Mount Morgan certainly played a strong part in her life; born, and spending all of her years in the local area.
Along with this, there is no mistaking that in return, Pam became a strong part in the life of the town as well; touching the lives of many throughout her years, devoting much of her time to assist others, and becoming a well-respected and cherished local.
As a tribute to Pam, we provide a little into her life and the beautiful memory that she leaves with us today.
Pam’s life had many special moments; she was a loving daughter, sister, wife, partner mother, and later, grandmother and great grandmother. She was also a friend to many and fondly known to many, whether related or not, as “Aunty Pam”.
With many happy times in life however, Pam also encountered times of hardship. Though as difficult as some of the times were, she never lost her willingness to help others when and wherever she could.
But let’s start at the beginning...
Born in Mount Morgan on the 25th of May, 1939, Pam was the fourth child to Lionel and Mary Hayes. She was the younger sister of Lyle, Melva, and Del (who sadly passed away at age 3) and the elder sister of Valma.
Pam carried out her schooling years in the local area. She later found work at Rowe’s Store in Mount Morgan – her very first job, which was followed by a position at Miles Parsons Chemist.
It was while working at the chemist that Pam met Graham Waldron, on her way to deliver parcels. She was “smitten” and they later married and had five children; Perry, Michelle (who sadly passed away soon after birth), Debbie, Rhonda and twins, Mandy and Raelea.
Finding love early in her life, Pam also sadly lost her love early; Graham passed away in 1956, in a car accident.
With the help of her parents, Pam began employment once more to support her family. It was some time later while working at the Railway Hotel she met Ray Hoffman. Falling in love, they married and Pam later gave birth to her seventh child – Tony.
Together Pam and Ray attended many community functions; including family, sporting and work events. Tragically their happy times were brought to an abrupt halt in 1977, when Ray lost his life in a mining accident in the Mount Morgan Mine.
With six children in tow, Pam was always kept busy; however she still enjoyed finding time to assist local organisations; including the Meals on Wheels and the Mount Morgan Historical Museum. Pam was a life member of the Museum; working for over 30 years. She was also a member of the Community Services Club, which saw her spend many a day and night working alongside her parents conducting discos and functions for the youth of the town.
Of course, how could we touch on Pam’s life without discussing her well sought after cooking? She became well known in the area for her cooking and catering skills, and contributed tirelessly to many organisations; volunteering her services and her delicious caramel tarts and sweets.
Over the years, Pam proudly watched her children grow up and get married, and have children of their own. She played a major part in raising her grandchildren, so her children could go back to work. She was a mother to each, even to the point of teaching them to drive as they got older. Pam also babysat for friends and others and was fondly known as “Aunty Pam” to many.
In 1992, Pam found love once more, when she met Kevin Benjamin at a School Reunion. Pam and Kevie maintained their independence and chose to live separately, but their love for one another was immense. Kevie became Poppy Benjamin to all of Pam’s grandchildren and was loved by all of the family.
Sadly Pam lost her first born son Perry in August without ever knowing, due to her own health decline.
Two months later, Pam sadly left us, but we can proudly state that she leaves behind a beautiful memory in the hearts and the community of the town she loved so dearly.