of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away at Mercy Medical Center on October 24, 2012, after battling colon cancer. She was 47.
She requested that no official memorial take place, but encouraged her friends, family and those who loved her most to pay their last respects in a way that would celebrate Pam’s life. Pam loved the outdoors and found no greater pleasure than being alone and lost on a wilderness trail. She loved the ocean, traveling, adventure, concerts and fun with friends. Celebrate her life by skydiving, hiking or having a gathering of friends. Or just Raise Your Glass.
Written by Pamela Embertson:
Because this was an expected death, I chose to write this myself.
I was born on July 19, 1965, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, to Kay and Daniel Nork. I had a wonderful childhood and very supportive parents. I graduated from Mazama High School in 1983. After attending college off and on for years, I finally earned my degree in health information management in 2007 from Portland Community College.
I was blessed with a 25 year marriage to Terry Embertson, a man who always loved me. We were married on August 29, 1987. We have two wonderful boys, David Anthony, 22, and Daniel Lee, 20. Some of the best times of my life were taking my boys on adventures such as trips to the coast, hiking, sledding at Crater Lake National Park and spelunking at the Lava Beds National Monument. I consider leaving my husband and sons to be my greatest sorrow.
I loved my career. It began in January 1987 at Merle West Medical Center, where I accepted a position as a dishwasher. After transferring to medical records, the job slowly evolved into a career where I eventually became the supervisor of the medical records department.
In September 2006, I left Klamath Falls and accepted a position as health information management chief with the Veterans Administration Roseburg Healthcare System. Working for the V.A. was a dream, giving me the opportunity to travel to many places including, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Seattle, and Las Vegas, along with other locations. Because of my love for life, I took every opportunity to do something fun when traveling. The V.A. gave me opportunities to make contributions at both regional (VISN) and national levels, where I was recognized for my achievements.
I am survived by my parents; husband; sons; brothers Jeff Nork of Phoenix, Arizona, and Tim Nork, of Baker City, Oregon, as well as their families; nephew Raven Nork; niece Ashlee Oliveras; nephew Dawson Linscott; niece Farrell Linscott; mother-in-love Nancy Abercrombie; mother-in-law and father-in-law Sharon and Marty Embertson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jackie and Robert Rosch and their children Ben, Zack, Christina and Katie; many special aunts, uncles, cousins, my Perez extended family, my Plumlee extended family, and many friends. I also leave behind my best friends Alexandra Ross of Grants Pass, Olivia Perez of Klamath Falls, Karen Butcher of Eugene, and sister-in-law Kelly Nork of Baker City. I had some of the best times of my life with these women. They were an encouragement and a blessing in more ways than I can count.
By the age of 40, I wrote a Purpose Statement concerning my life. “I want to impact people’s lives in a positive way. I want God to use me in ways that I don’t see or understand.” Despite my failures, this was the desire of my heart. My life verses were Philippians 2:3-4, Romans 5:6-8 and John 15:12-13. My life passage was Genesis 39.
I have gone home to be with my Lord and Savior. Half of my ashes will be spread in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness at White Face Peak. The other half will rest on the beach at Face Rock.