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Obituary: Pamela E. Parkinson, 69

Aug 11, 2017 05:29AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Pamela E. Parkinson

DRACUT - Pamela E. Parkinson passed away August 7th, in Nashua, NH, surrounded by her loving friends.

Pam was born in Cambridge MA, on June 15th, 1948. She grew up in West Springfield, MA, with her late parents, Chauncey and M. Denise (Brown) Parkinson.

Pam attended Lowell State Teachers College and received her Bachelors of Arts in Music Education, class of 1970.

Pam was a teacher for the Dracut Public Schools for 36 years, teaching vocal music at the elementary level, and instrumental music for 5th and 6th grade.

Pam had many hobbies including pickleball and geocaching; and had a passion for music. She also enjoyed playing the mountain dulcimer. She was a member of the Dracut Community Band, the Merrimack Valley Flute Choir, the RISE Program at Rivier University, and a member of the First United Baptist Church. 

She belonged to many organizations including the National Association of Music Education, the NEA, Mass. Retirees, and the Dracut Teachers Association.

Pam is survived by her brother, Wayne T. Parkinson, and his wife Sally, of Pine, CO; her niece, Julia Pfeiffer, of Sharon, VT; her long time friend, Cheryl Cummings, of Nashua, NH; Pam's three Maine Coon cats: Maddie, Mollie, and Murrie; several cousins; and an immense amount of friends from the various organizations she was involved in, as well as neighbors, relatives, fellow teachers, comrade musicians, and many more.

ARRANGEMENTS: There will be a brief ceremony on Wednesday August 16, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lowell Cemetery, 77 Knapp Avenue entrance, for those who want to attend. Her celebration of life will follow the ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Lenzi’s Restaurant; 810 Merrimack Avenue, Dracut.

To honor Pam’s spirit, she has requested, in lieu of flowers, that her friends and family perform random acts of kindness. Pam asks that everyone remember the importance of music education. To accomplish this, Pam would appreciate donations to local, public school music programs. Additional donations can be sent to the Humane Society of Greater Nashua, 24 Ferry Rd, Nashua, NH 03064. To leave an online condolence or message, please visit us at or find us on Facebook under Dracut Funeral Home.
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