Pamela Bechtel Miller, age 85 of Boone and formerly of Jefferson, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2022 at UnityPoint- Iowa Methodist in Des Moines.
Pamela was born on Nov. 19, 1936, the daughter of Samuel and Mary (May) Martz in Blakesburg. At the age of 5 her family moved to Fraser where she attended Pilot Mound School. On Dec. 7, 1957, at the age of 21 she was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
In November of 1953, Pam was united in marriage with Kenneth Bechtel and from this union were four daughters. Kenneth passed away in September of 1974.
In September of 1985, Pam was united in marriage with Richard “Dick” Miller. Even though their children were grown, Pam always loved Dick’s children and grandchildren as her own and Dick felt the same about hers. Dick passed away in June of 2016.
Pam worked at Archway Cookie Company in her younger years. She later worked alongside her husband Dick, running Boone Quality Carpet Cleaning. The business was their way to support their full-time ministry which they shared in together from 1987 until Dick’s death. Dick and Pam were members of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Jefferson. They were involved in the Kingdom Hall Construction Program, building Kingdom Halls all over Iowa and parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. In the summer of 2001, Dick and Pam made many special memories as they traveled with family and friends to Italy for the International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses held in Rome. In her last four years Pam split her time between her daughters’ homes. She was a member of the Boone Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Pam held the teachings of the Bible close to her heart and loved sharing that hope with others. That hope included the Kingdom, the earth being restored to a paradise and the resurrection. She truly lived her faith everyday.
Pam was known for her generosity and hospitality; having friends all over the world and always hosting friends in her home. She was a cook known to feed everyone and a great baker (both quality and quantity). Over the years many enjoyed her delicious pies and sugar cookies.
Pam was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Kenneth Bechtel and Dick Miller; brother, Milton (Iva) Martz; sister, Betty (Gene) Reed; and sister-in-law, Judy Martz.
She is survived by her children, Cathy Bechtel and Carol (Dennis) Borsos, both of Boone, Cheryl Wilson of IL, and Carla Bechtel of Boone, James (Robbie) Miller of Lake City, Connie (Ronnie) Cook of Cadiz, KY and Angela (Lee) Fisher of Nashville, TN, and Todd (Roxanne) Muir of Jefferson; grandchildren, Jamie (James) Patton, Joseph Borsos, Benjamin (Jennifer) Borsos, Cole Wilson, Kristi (Seth) Miller, Heidi (Erik) Meier, Elizabeth (Ryan) Vitiritto, Scott Coleman, Lea (Joe) Cacchio and Lindsey (Marcus) McGee, Bridget (Ian) Johnson, and Tyler (Natasha) Muir; brother, Jonathon “Jack” Martz of Boone who she shared a strong brother/sister bond with; along with numerous great grandchildren and friends.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 22 at the Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall Streets in Boone. A Virtual Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 and may be viewed on Pam’s Tribute Wall on the Schroeder-Reimers Website. Inurnment will be at a later date. In memory of Pam, memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.schroedermemorialchapel.com.
Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall Streets is in charge of arrangements.