Pamela Sue Nickerson was given the rare gift of a calm, adventurous and thoughtful spirit that embraced the experiences life sent her way. Her journey began Jan. 4, 1957 as the fifth child of Max and Donaldine Nickerson in Kingsley. Being part of the Nickerson clan led to a life filled with laughter, epic story-telling and a sense of fearlessness. This would serve Pamela well in pursuit of her love of travel, outdoor adventures and belly dancing.
Pamela was co-valedictorian at Kingsley High School, studied at the University of Michigan and then headed out West for her next adventure which included continuing her education at San Francisco State University.
In 1986 Pamela began her career at Charles Schwab, eventually becoming a business systems analyst. She was a hard-working and dedicated team member who remained with the firm for over 30 years.
On New Year's Eve 1980, Pamela met Jeff Broderick. They rang in the New Year together and dated for about a year and a half before going their separate ways. Pamela possessed a rational, practical intellect and would likely engage in a lively debate about the role of destiny, fate and "coincidences" in our lives. However, 10 years later when Jeff Broderick literally bumped in to her on a Sunday afternoon in November 1990 at a Blockbuster video store she did not frequent, at a time that was not part of his normal routine and asked, "Pamela, is that you?" fate would win this debate. Jeff and Pamela rekindled their relationship and married on Oct. 17, 1998.
Pamela passed away on Feb. 16, 2018 and will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Jeffrey Broderick; stepson, Steven; siblings, Patricia (Al Saxton) Nickerson, of Hayfork, California, Max Ronald Nickerson, of Kingsley, Janice Nickerson, of Kingsley, Steven (Carol) Nickerson, of Kingsley, and Gregory Nickerson, of Kingsley; godson, Christopher Jacobsen; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and her beloved dog, Sophie.
Pamela's parents, Max and Donaldine, brother, Bradley, and stepdaughter, Sarah, preceded her in death.
In lieu of flowers, Pamela would rather you take that dream vacation you always talk about, call that friend you have been meaning to, find a good book and a warm beach, hug each other a little tighter, tell your siblings you love them (yes, even "that" brother) and share some of your good fortune with those in need. Her charities of choice include The Rock of Kingsley, Munson Hospice or the Fox Island Lighthouse Association.
And, she's really not kidding about the travel. Seriously, book a trip, go see the world, continue to learn and most importantly, accept and embrace people for who they are and where they are on their journey.
Memorial services will take place at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 23, 2018 at the Kingsley United Methodist Church.
Published on February 23, 2018