Pamela Ann MacDonald

September 29, 1945 - August 9, 2020

Pamela Ann MacDonald, 74, a resident of Punta Gorda, FL since 1991, formerly of Sandusky, OH, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2020 in Port Charlotte, FL. She was born September 29, 1945 in Garden City, MI to John and Jean Jaqua, now deceased.

She is survived by six loving children: Linda Dahlstrom (Richard) of Cape Coral, FL, Mark Nusbaum (Tammy) of Port Charlotte, FL, Angellan (Tom) Herzig of Washougal, WA, Evanne Hardin (Douglas) of St Louis, MO, Lynd Loomis of Sandusky, OH, and John MacDonald  (Delia) and her brother, Doug Jaqua (Bev) of Collins, OH; 11 grandchildren: Emily Beasley, Jeremy Klawer, Andrew Burns, and Benjamin Burns (Chrystal Anderson), Amanda Rochlitz, Thomas Rhode Jr. (Cassandra), Cory Loomis (Shannon), Cliff Loomis, Gabrielle Loomis, Devon MacDonald (Alivia) and Jared MacDonald; as well as 17 great-grandchildren: Ainsley, Aislynn, Marina, Anthony, Vivian, Sierra, Heath, Brieana, Tyler, Carmen, Maggie, Erin, Axel, Cambria, Sebastian, Evelynne, and Lena; and one great-great grandson, Liam.

Pam was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert John MacDonald and Kenneth William Nusbaum.  While Mom and Bob were only together a few short years, Bob left us the wonderful legacy of family.  The entire MacDonald family has continued to embrace us, and we are extremely grateful.

Anyone who met Pam knew her to be a strong stoic woman, fiercely independent. She was the type of person you could always, ALWAYS count on. You might know Mom made fantastic pies and an award-winning potato salad and that she sewed our Halloween costumes well into adulthood.  She loved working for Ingman Marine as an Executive Assistant. She also worked as a bank teller and a wallpaper hanger.

You may not know that Pam was also a great fisherman, could shoot trap with the best of them, and used to drag race in her younger years, much to her mother’s surprise! Within the last month, she passed a handgun safety course with the goal of obtaining her concealed carry license. We would joke that Mom could do everything except plumbing, after a rather explosive attempt to fix our bathroom.

She spent almost 30 years missing Bob MacDonald and we take comfort in knowing they are finally reunited today.

Memorial contributions in memory of Pamela MacDonald are suggested to the following organizations:

  • American Cancer Society: Cancer took the lives of both parents and husband Bob (4575 Via Royale, # 110, Fort Myers, FL 33919)
  • Hope Hospice provided comfort during difficult times. (9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908)
  • Consider donating blood to your local blood bank. You may discover you have COVID antibodies that could help other suffering families.

A memorial celebration for mom’s life will be deferred until travel restrictions are lifted and our family can safely reunite.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Karen Vest Aug 14, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    From your NCR Family

  2. Bronwyn Bridges Aug 14, 2020 at 10:58 am

    So very sorry for the loss of such a lovely and accomplished lady. prayers for the family.🙏

  3. Becky Aug 14, 2020 at 11:40 am

    So sorry for your mom’s passing. There are no words to heal your pain. Praying for comfort and peace for your family. God Bless. May she Rest in Peace.🙏❤️

  4. Barbi Pierson Aug 14, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Praying for all of Aunt Pams family and friends. I am so sorry~~ When someone as full of life as she leaves this world, everything stops turning, nothing is the same. We notice nothing smells as fresh, nothing looks as lovely, and clearly everything has changed. Selfishly I will miss seeing Aunt Pam. Truly she has the same sneaky smile Uncle John (Bob) had every time I would see him.. The sisterhood she and my mom have is unstoppable and carries on to Heaven. We have a big family, but noone can ever replace the place setting of this woman~Her smile and spirit are bigger than this world. The many details and unspoken emotions are etched in my heart. We know the party is hoppin in Heaven, and thankfully when we get there we won’t run out of laughter, joy or love. We don’t have to drive home, because we will be home~ Home with God and Aunt Pam and the rest of our family! We know you are high above the clouds, spreading joy through the beams of the sunrise, peace through every raindrop and love through every cool breeze~ Thank you mostly Aunt Pam for loving me xoxo See-U in Heaven

  5. Lara Wortman Aug 14, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Linda and all family,
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Your mom sounds like an amazing person and I wish I could have met her in person!
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Lara Wortman/NCR

  6. Steve and Deanna Ozment Aug 14, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    We are so very sorry for your mom’s passing. May she Rest In Peace. 🙏💜

  7. Terry Hostetler Aug 15, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Pam has been my best friend for over 16 years. She is the best friend I have EVER had. I will miss her beautiful smile, texting her every day. She means so much to me. She loved her family so much. I will forever miss seeing my value as a person in her eyes when she saw me. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, PAM. I ALWAYS WILL.

  8. Tracey Meyer Aug 16, 2020 at 2:43 am

    Prayers to u all. I met ur Mom when we were in 7th grade Linda and i never forgot what a nice lady she is. So sorry for ur loss

  9. Mike and Lucy Skidmore Aug 16, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Linda, Mark and the rest of your family,
    So sorry for your loss. Pam was our neighbor for the last 8 years. Wish we had gotten to know her better. Always shared a smile and a wave when our dogs would be outside at the same time. She will be missed.

  10. Grace Rivera Aug 18, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Linda and family,
    Hoping our payers help you in finding the comfort and peace needed to embrace your lost,
    May she rest is peace.

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