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Pamela Jane (Hendrickson) McDowell

May 12, 1955 - December 23, 2022

Pamela Jane McDowell, 67, of Mt. Iron died on Friday, December 23, 2022 at the Virginia Care Center.  Pam was born on May 12, 1955 in Eveleth to Arnold William Hendrickson and Geraldine Margaret (Kolterman) Hendrickson. Pam was raised in Hutter and graduated from Gilbert High School in 1973.  Pam was united in marriage to Randall G. McDowell on October 9, 1976 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Eveleth. Pam and Randy made their home in rural Eveleth, where they raised three children.

Pam returned to school as a non traditional student and graduated cum laude from The College of St. Scholastica in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Pam went on to have varied jobs throughout her life, but her most important job and biggest priority was her family. Pam adored her grandchildren. Pam especially enjoyed time with family and maintaining her beautiful yard and flowers.

Pam is survived by her husband of 46 years, Randy, of Mt. Iron; daughters, Jeralynn (Mike) Theodore of Hibbing and Janelle McDowell of Mt. Iron; son, Josh (Lara) McDowell of Buhl; grandchildren: Breanna Theodore of Hibbing and Ben, Grace and Emma McDowell of Buhl; brother, Norman Hendrickson of Eveleth; sister-in-law, Loretta Hendrickson of Virginia; brother-in-law, Richard Hegler of Eveleth; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents; her mother and father-in-law; her brother, Dennis Hendrickson; and sisters, Marsha Hegler and Patricia Hellman; brother-in-law, Russell Hellman; brother-in-law, Richard McDowell; and nephew, Jeremy Hegler.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 11 AM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia with Fr. Brandon Moravitz officiating. Luncheon to follow in the social hall.

Inurnment to take place at the Calvary Cemetery in the spring.

The family would like to thank East Range Hospice and the staff at the Virginia Care Center for the kind and compassionate care shown to Pam in her final days.

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences, please visit rangefuneralhomes.com.

10 thoughts on “Pamela Jane (Hendrickson) McDowell”

  1. Deb kaivola says:

    I am so saddened that Pam is gone. We were very close as younger girls. We spent almost every Sunday at the farm. So many memories. She will again be in Geraldine and Arnold’s arms. Blessed is she.

  2. Connie J Luther says:

    Pam, Rest In Peace with the Lord. Free from the pain and suffering of this world. Prayers for you and your family. You will be sadly missed.

  3. Merri Jo Poderzay volker says:

    Pam and I were friends in school years ago ! She was a great person such a infectious smile !! We did reconnect when she worked here in Chs !! Am sadden by her passing ! Heaven surly got a angel 🙏RIP my friend till we meet again !!! Mar

  4. Megan (McDowell) Rathsack says:

    So sorry to learn of Pam’s passing. Such a kind and warm person. My mother (Mary Lou McDowell) was particularly fond of her. Sending Randy and family heartfelt condolences.

  5. Rosemary Kallevig says:

    So very sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. we haven’t seen you for years but you are not forgotten. With sincere sympathy. Tom and Rosemary Kallevig

  6. Geraldine Fendler says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Pam’s passing. She was a super good friend of mine when I was in high school, Pam helped me through personal issues In high school and then we lost contact when I moved. Sending heartfelt condolences to family and friends..💔

  7. Barbara Yearty says:

    So sorry to hear of Pam’s passing. We were friends for a few years in high school. I knew both of her parents too. Only fun and good memories of her and her family. Prayers and condolences to the family.
    Barb Yearty

  8. Barbara Yearty says:

    So sorry to hear of Pam’s passing. We were very good friends for a few years in high school when she lived in Gilbert. Her and her parents/family were wonderful.
    Barb Yearty

  9. Jim & Sharon Rossi says:

    Randy & Family:
    So sorry for the loss of Pam. She was surely the
    pillar of the McDowell family. Our thoughts & prayers
    go out to all.

  10. Claire Goodrie says:

    Janelle and family-
    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Cherish the wonderful memories you have. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 11:00 AM
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