05/29/1946 - 05/22/2024
Service Date: 06/15/2024
Service Time: 12:00PM
Service Location: Gilbert Memorial Park
Visitation Date: 06/15/2024
Visitation Time: 11:00AM
Visitation Location: Gilbert Memorial Park

Pamela Jean Holden was born in Chicago, IL on May 29, 1946, the only child to the union of Pierce Mcknight and Henryne Moore.

She departed this life on May 22, 2024.

Pamela graduated from High Park High School where she excelled in performing arts.  Upon graduation she was signed to an agent as a professional model.  Pamela obtained her degree in cosmetology. She had a passion for fashion & beauty.  She loved to help others feel beautiful. She was one of the first African Americans working for Clinique.  Pamela realized her passion to help children or anyone in need. Her lifetime mission was to make everyone feel like they had a safe haven. She started Nana house which was home to at risk youths.  Everyone referred to Pamela as Nana.  Mom had the gift of gab. With her infectious funny personality, she could get anyone to open up to her.  Friends and family were always welcomed. She always had a open door and listening ear.  Pamela loved to bowl, dance and travel.  She loved nothing more than to watch romance, comedy, and science fiction movies. Her loved ones loved to cuddle up with Nana to watch a show. Pamela was a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.

Mom enjoyed cooking and entertaining loved ones.  Everyone was eager to copy her delicious recipes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt Holden & parents Pierce Mcknight and Henryne Moore.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory.  Daughter of Maricopa AZ, Shaunell Hartfield; Son of Gilbert AZ, Steven Williams; Daughter Rose Sandoval of Tucson Az, Daughter Crystal Jabar of Gilbert, AZ. 11 grandchildren Perry, Bernard, Namir, Jordan, Keshaun, Savion, Mckenna, Kyndall, Aliyah, Yazmine & Tahir.  8 great grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

“Mom “your life was a blessing your memory a treasure…

You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.


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  • John and Diana Reynolds

    Your mother’s enduring legacy of resilience and dedication to family spans many years. Undoubtedly, her impact and formidable presence are unforgettable. I encourage you all to honor her legacy by embracing life and family to the fullest. Love, John and Diana

  • Pam was like a Mother to me. I believe she was on the phone with my Mother Diana Wright when I was born at home in Chicago. I’ll known her ALL my life and she will Absolutely be Missed. I Love You and We the Wright family Love You.

  • Verna Harrison

    My sincere sympathy to everyone in this family on the loss of a wonderful mother and grandmother The Lord be with you

  • Milton Wright

    Pam was loved by all. When we would visit her in Toledo before she moved to Chicago. My brother and I wanted for nothing during those summer visits. Pam was the reason I enrolled in the University of Arizona. She will be missed by all. Until we meet again. Love you.. The Wright Family

  • Khamika Anderson

    My heart goes out to you and your family on the passing of your mom. Sending prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Sending love and strength to all of you.

  • Michelle Hall

    Pam was so pretty to me. I wished i had her hips. She and my mom became friends through her best fiend Diana Wright. She was always so nice to me and welcomed me into the family. I grew up with her daughter Shaunell, and we became best friends at 11yrs old. I have a lot of great memories of her growing up. She really was loving and caring. Gone but never forgotten.

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