NLJ Staff

July 27, 1961–June 19, 2022

Pamela Renee (Mills) Steveson was born in Newcastle, Wyo., on July 27, 1961. She passed away unexpectently at Plains Regional Hospital on June 19, 2022.

Pam was born to Vernard and Juanita Mills of Newcastle. Pam graduated from Newcastle High School in 1980 and went on to study at Casper College. She met James Steveson and they were married on March 9, 1981. They recently celebrated their 41st anniversary together with their three wonderful children, James Steveson Jr., Zachary “Zac” Steveson, and Amanda (Steveson) Downing.   

During their first 19 years of marriage, Pam traveled the world with her husband, who was enlisted in the U.S. Army and received numerous assignment locations. She really enjoyed her time in Germany visiting the many different towns, and was especially excited when the wine festivals were in season to sample, OctoberFest activities, and VolksMarches. Alaska brought the nice summers to fish for King Salmon and saltwater for halibut. She was not too fond of the winters and short daylight, but the long daylight summers made up for it. Louisiana and Texas brought excitement to go down to the gulf coast to fish for shrimp, red drum, and the blue crabs. This required skill fishing from shore. She would tie a piece of chicken neck to a piece of string, throw it into the water and wait for it to get tight, then slowly drag it in. 

Later on in life, after her husband retired from the service, they settled down in Rapid City, S.D., and bought a camper. She loved to just stay in the Black Hills of South Dakota. There was so much to do with family and grandchildren, along with adopted children. Pam loved fishing, and riding ATVs along the Black Hills Trail system during camping outings. Over the years Pam just loved spoiling her seven grandchildren along with many adopted children who called her mom. 

Pam enjoyed many different hobbies in her life. Earlier in life she loved crocheting, knitting, and canning that she learned from her mother. Later in her life she began to get more involved in canning during the summertime. The Thanksgiving and Christmas season was her favorite time for she would do so much baking of goodies that she just had to share with family and friends around her. 

Pam is preceded in death by her son Zac, father, mother, sister, grandparents, and father-in-law. 

She is survived by her husband, James Steveson; son, James Jr. (Becky) Steveson; daughter, Amanda (Jordan) Downing; mother-in-law, Mary Dean; brothers, Terry (Deb) Mills, Michael (Janell) Mills, Richard Mills, and Clayton (Flo) Mills; brothers-in-law, Donnie (Jennifer) Steveson, Lee (Jeanne) Steveson, David (Karen) Steveson, Norm Steveson, Kelly (Miki), and Gaylon Black; sisters-in-law, Mary (Dennis) Connick, Trish (Steven) Annetts, Lisa Phelps, and Karen (Chris) Grah; along with numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

The family said, “Our family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Manuel Macapinlac, his nursing staff, and the entire staff at Plains Regional Medical Hospital. There were so many kind people during this time of need for Pam and the entire family. 

A wife, a mother, and grandma, we will always love you.”

Ceremony of Life Services will be held July 23 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church where she was married 41 years ago to the love of her life in her hometown of Newcastle, Wyo.


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