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Pamela McDermott

Pamela Lee McDermott

Thursday, June 30th, 1955 - Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
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On Wednesday, April 15th, 2020, Pamela Lee (Johnson) McDermott passed away peacefully at home at the age of 64.  Pam was born on June 30th, 1955 in Moline, IL to Robert and Diana (Hamor) Johnson. In 1975, she married Peter McDermott with whom she lovingly raised two sons, Max and Sam. Though she and Peter divorced after 23 years of marriage, they remained great friends until the end. Pam was a gifted artist that loved to paint and practice calligraphy and arranged the most amazing floral displays you’ve ever seen. She was the best chef and her food was always prepared with love to nourish body and soul. She was truly the greatest mom that two boys could have ever hoped for and she would have loved to know that Sam and Emily were making her a grandma again. Pam was a caregiver without compromise and was always looking out for the wellbeing of those that she loved. She prioritized all others ahead of herself and there was nothing she wouldn’t do to help someone in need.  She wore many hats in her professional lifetime, and all of them she donned with pride. She was a bank teller and a fashion model in her youth; she attended barber school and was a cosmetologist for many years. At the birth of her first son, she chose to stay at home as a full time mother. Later, she joined the schools as a teacher’s aide to assist children with special needs. Finally, she became a visual merchandiser and proudly beautified the local Von Maur stores for decades until her retirement in 2019. Pam was preceded in death by her mother, Diana, father, Robert, and daughter, Rosie. She is survived by her ex-husband Peter, her two sons and daughters-in-law, Max and Sam and Tricia and Emily, her brothers, Michael and Douglass, sister, Deborah, grandson, sweet baby James, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Her passing has left an immediate and immeasurable hole in the lives of those she touched. She was taken from us too soon. A visitation will be held at Wendt’s Funeral Home at 1811 15th St Pl, Moline, on Tuesday, April 21st, from 3pm to 6pm. Attendance will be limited to groups of ten at one time, but attendees will be escorted from their cars in order of arrival. Visitors are asked to please wear a mask while in attendance. If you do not have a mask, a homemade one will be provided to you at the door. A service will be held at 6pm for immediate family.  For those who are unable to attend, both the visitation and service will be streamed live. If you would like to attend Pam's visitation virtually, please join us via Zoom. It can be accessed via either the zoom.us smartphone app or in your browser. Follow the link below or enter the meeting ID to join. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3097326765.   Meeting ID 309 732 6765                                    
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Naima Petz

Posted at 12:00am
I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is with all those who love Pamela, especially Sam and Emily. Wishing you peace and comfort, friends. x
SE

Sarah Eiseman

Posted at 12:00am
Sending you love and light during this time. Mothers are so precious and so special and I’m sure you were one of her greatest life treasures on this Earth. I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing but know there is something far grander beyond this realm of life, where I am certain we will all meet again in a new form. So so much love, friend xo
MR

Matt Rotante

Posted at 12:00am
Sam,
Just from reading this I can tell the wonderful person your mother was and how she will be remembered and live on in others. We should all be more caregivers. You will be in my thoughts and prayers my friend.
JS

John & Sabrina Smith-Morgan

Posted at 12:00am
Sending so much love to Pamela’s family. We did not have the chance to meet Pamela during this lifetime, but have the chance to know and love her beautiful son (Sam). To bring such a wonderful human into the world speaks to the beauty of Pamela’s soul.
BV

Beto & Nikki Vargas-Bucks

Posted at 12:00am
To Mama McDermott: We’ve never had the pleasure of crossing paths but we certainly love and adore your son, Sam. Knowing that you’ve raised such a good hearted man, we can only imagine the amount of love you provided his whole life and to what an incredible woman you were. Our love and sympathy goes to you and everyone who was blessed to know you. May you Rest In Peace and your spirit forever live within your family and friends. ??????
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