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Pamela Ann (McMahon) Riser

May 19, 1950 ~ February 11, 2019 (age 68)

Pamela (Pam) Ann Riser passed away unexpectedly at her home in Tooele, UT. on Monday, February 11, 2019.  She was born to Paul and “Pat” McMahon in Pittsfield, MA on the 19th of May, 1950, the youngest of five children; her older siblings were Duncan, Trudi, Diane and Bill. The family lived in Lenox, MA until Pam was three; Schenectady, NY until age 6; Van Nuys, CA until age 12; Cincinnati, OH until age 14; and Johannesburg, South Africa until age 18.  She moved back to the States upon graduation from High School, living with her sister Diane for a short while before starting her college classes in Los Angeles, CA. 

She married Richard G. Riser on 28th of December, 1972 and was the mother of Michael Dean, born August 15, 1976 and Elizabeth Ann, born on July 11, 1978. She and Richard lived in the Los Angeles area until 1980 when they moved to Aliquippa, PA.  In 1999 they moved to Utah, later settling in Tooele in the home they built together. 

Pam worked most of her adult life for American Airlines as a ticket agent, gate agent and baggage claim agent for 30 years. She retired in 2009 celebrating with a trip back to South Africa for her 40th year high school reunion, including a visit to a safari reserve near Cape Town.

Retirement for Pam meant that she could utilize her expansive talents, including, but not limited to, crocheting.  Her afghans are exquisite, whether a baby afghan or a full quilt.  Many have been blessed by her talents.  She shared all she made: afghans, towel sets, hats, scarves, mittens, “fairy bags”, and much more at local fairs and festivals.

Pam made many, many wonderful friends as she participated in the Tooele bowling league with the Tuesday Morning Bells. She loved every one of her bowling partners who considered her their bowling “Diva”.

Pam is survived by her husband Richard; her daughter Liz and her husband Brian Wilson; two grandchildren, Bailey and Gavin; her brother Bill and his wife Bernie McMahon; and her sisters Diane Stuart and Trudi Fullen.  She was predeceased by her son Michael.

A Celebration of Pam’s Life will be held upstairs at All Star Bowling, 1111 North 200 West, Tooele on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm. There will be a short program at 6pm.

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