Obituary - Pamela Balster
On the day of our Lord's choosing, Sept. 24, 2017, our dear wife, mother and friend went to spend her life eternal in her heavenly home. She did not survive a recent diagnosis of leukemia and an inoperable tumor. Pamela Kay Balster (nee Ward) was born Sept. 23, 1952, in Ventura, California. Surely her spot in heaven is on God's golden shores.
Pam grew up in Ventura, California, and graduated from Ventura High School in 1970. She received her Associate of Applied Science in early childhood education (1972) from Ventura College, and taught pre-school through second grade. Education was extremely important to her and she ensured all four of her daughters received college educations.
Pam actively participated in the sports her daughters chose. She most often could be found at the swimming pool, soccer field or hockey rink. Watching her kids and grandchildren excel in these sports brought her tremendous joy. In fact, Pam's motto was "choose joy." She lived a joyful life and those around her were the benefactors of her kindness, love and support. Her greatest joy was her husband, daughters, and grandchildren - and her beagle, Bits.
Pam most recently served as executive director of the Fyndout Free Pregnancy Center, encouraging young women facing an unplanned pregnancy to choose life. She often told her friends and family, this was the work she was called to do. In her service to the crisis pregnancy center, she was able to share the message of her Lord Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Edna Ward (nee Howard), and sister, Sandra Hawkins. She is survived by her husband, Robert Balster, of 42 years. They were married in Fairbanks at 50-below Dec. 15, 1975. She is survived by her children, Jennifer (Thomas) Harris, Kathleen (Bill) Bellant, Elisabeth (Jeremiah) Dabney, and Kimberly (Andrew) Moore; grandchildren, Kelsey, Darren, Madeline, Morgan, Emily, Mallory, Audrey, Lucy, Robert, Molly, Violet, and Alice; great-grandchild, Allison, all of Fairbanks; and her nephews, Chris (Roxana) Hawkins, of Gilbert, Arizona, and Brian Hawkins, of Soldotna.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fyndout Free Pregnancy Center (Wilbur Street, Fairbanks). A celebration of life ("Pam's Going Home") will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Community Covenant Church, 2136 McCullam Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99701.