Pamela Baber Kinnan

Pamela Baber Kinnan
Pamela Baber Kinnan

Pamela Baber Kinnan, 76, of Amarillo, TX passed peacefully on March 5, 2021.

Memorial services will be Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 4:00 P.M., at Lake Tanglewood Community Church 106 Tanglewood Drive. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Kinnan was born in Tokoma Park, Maryland on April 1, 1944.  She is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, in Tyler, Texas, and North Texas State University, in Denton, Texas.  Where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics.   She married Lawrence Gregory Kinnan in Tyler, Texas in 1967.  They moved to Amarillo in 1977.

She had a lifetime teaching certificate with a vocational endorsement.  Upon college graduation, she taught for 3 years.  She chose to stay home for the next 18 years to be a housewife, mother and community volunteer.  She was employed with Amarillo ISD, as an educator since 1984.  In 1989, she developed and implemented a district wide program for pregnant and parenting students.  Mrs. Kinnan facilitated a high-quality program of education and services for pregnant and parenting students and their children.  She wrote grants, taught parenting and child development, directed the on-campus child development center and transportation of students and their children.  She presented workshops at state and local conferences and consulted with entities interested in various aspects of teen parent programs.  Mrs. Kinnan retired in 2015.

She was a member of Lake Tanglewood Community Church, and the Junior League of Amarillo.  She served on the board of the Lake Tanglewood Community Library and various other state and community boards and advisory groups.

Mrs. Kinnan received the Karli Dye Award, presented by Planned Parenthood of Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle in recognition of her long-time volunteer service, the Mae Carvell Award, presented by the Venture Club “for efforts to advance the status of women in our community”, Teacher of the Year Award, and the Service Provider Merit Award, presented by the Women’s Coalition for Change “Focus on Poverty”.  Her North Heights TeenAge Pregnancy and Parenting Program won the Best of Texas Award presented by the Corporate Fund for Children.  She was in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”.

She is survived by her husband, Greg Kinnan; daughter, Monica K. Terrell, and husband, Drew, of Amarillo; son, Cortney D. Kinnan and wife, Amanda, of New Braunfels, Texas; two granddaughters, Abby Terrell and Corinne Kinnan; three grandsons, Thomas Terrell, Cade Kinnan, and Decker Kinnan; a sister, Cyndie Coulter of Georgetown, Texas; and her mother-in-law, Mary Kinnan of Irving, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Kinnan’s wishes were for donations to be made to Heal the City (https://www.healthecityamarillo.com/donate) or Haven Health Amarillo (https://www.havenhealthamarillo.com/support-haven-health).

33 Replies to “Pamela Baber Kinnan”

  1. Mrs. Kinnan was an amazing woman. I had the pleasure of meeting her in 2008 when I was enrolled at North Heights. She truly cared about the students and her laughter could light up the room. I am deeply saddened by this, but I want her legacy to live on as she has touched soo many hearts. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be where I am today!

  2. Very much sadness in my heart. Pam was always there when I needed her. She will always be remembered for her vibrant personality and kind heart. Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends.

  3. So sorry to hear about Pam. Know it is a terrible loss for the family and all who have known her and her passion for helping others.
    She was a great help to Planned Parenthood for many years and leader in assisting those with unplanned pregnancies.

  4. It was a very sad day when I learned that Pam had passed.
    What an incredible woman. Pam had such a huge heart. She cared about human beings…..especially those that are disadvantaged.
    I will miss her beautiful smile and robust laugh. I am honored to have known her. RIP dear friend.

    1. So very sad to hear of Pam’s passing. Our thoughts are with you Greg and family. She was an awesome person and will be missed

  5. Pam was a game changer. An overcomer of obstacles. Her many accomplishments were evident in her life and how she lived it. A lesson here, for all of us.

  6. Fond memories of Pam from college days and her joy of life and service to the community. So sad
    for your deep loss. She will be missed . Thinking of you Greg and your family.
    Jeanine and Jay russell

  7. Sincere sympathy to Greg and family in the passing of Pam, a real ray of light to so many. It was my pleasure to know Pam professionally and as a community volunteer. I will always remember her as fun loving, dedicated and compassionate. May she Rest In Peace.

  8. I will miss my dear cousin so much . My sincere condolences to Greg, Monica and Drew and their families. Pam loved her grandchildren and was so proud of each of them. She left us too soon but is in a better place now. Our love to all of you, Terrye & Patric

  9. My sincere condolences. I have such fond memories of Pam ‘s efforts and staunch support of young women facing many personal challenges. Cheers to you Pam, on International Women’s Day!

  10. Pam was a good friend and colleague. But more than that she was part of my Amarillo/North Heights family. She was a part of my support system when I needed it most.

    She will be sorely missed.

    My prayers are with Greg, Monica, Courtney and the rest of the family.

  11. Dear Monica,
    I loved reading about your wonderful mom. Just reading about her accomplishments has been an inspiration to me today! This explains your highly energetic, enthusiastic, and loving personality. I’m certain this was passed down in different ways to each family member. I also loved reading about what her friends loved about her. My heart is thinking of you and all your family members during this time. May God hold you all closely this week as precious memories flood your heart and mind. May your mom’s spirit and energy carry through this week.
    Sending my love,
    Stacey Pybus

  12. What a loss! Pam was always upbeat, energetic, selfless and full of life! Her smile was beautiful and always greeted everyone. What a beautiful life! Our prayers of comfort and peace are yours.
    Terry Cowan Rogers

  13. Greg, Monica, Cortney, and all Pam’s family members, Pam was such a special lady – loved and warmly remembered. I am thinking of you with my heartfelt sympathy.

  14. Greg, old friend, although I’ve been gone from Amarillo since 1988, I still often remember the good times with the airshow, CAF and ya’ll. I always appreciated the enthusiasm that you and Pam brought to the planning team. I know you will miss her greatly and I’m sorry you have to go thru that. Just know that recovery happens even though it takes time. My best to you and family. Jim

  15. Sending our sympathy to Greg and family. I know she was so proud of each of you and she will leave a huge hole in the life of everyone who knew her. We are praying for the comfort that only God can provide. We loved the yearly updates in our Christmas greetings and truly missed you in Saint Paul UMC Propheteers Sunday School class.

  16. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Pam in Adare Manor Hotel in Ireland several years ago and have remained Facebook friends ever since.
    Such a beautiful lady, I’m so awfully sorry for the loss of this beautiful and magnificent lady.
    Linda Wilmott
    Ireland

  17. Pam, your energetic personality and laughter brought a special energy to the halls of North Heights for students and your friends. Your area of the building was welcoming , supportive, encouraging , with resources/your knowledge to enhance the lives of students you served. Jesus will say, ” life well lived”. Greg, Monica, Courtney , and family may God’s blessings of comfort and love be with you for Pam loved you so much. ❤

  18. So sorry to hear about Pam.
    We had some great times with
    guys .
    Funny..and kind
    The best way to describe Pam.
    Love to the family.
    Judy Paulk

  19. Mrs. Kinnan was a mother to all of us USNA boys. She was loved by all and will be missed greatly. Her love for people and caring nature will always live on through her children and especially Joy and my good friend and roommate, Cort. Thank you for sharing your mom with us!

  20. We send our grateful memories from our days at St. Paul, and your friendship with your family. Our hearts ache for your grief and we
    pray for God’s promised presence of loving comforts out of His greatest love.

  21. Our world has just now changed forever. It feels empty without Pam in it. Pam was my mentor. She taught me everything I know about teaching,and particularly about the teen parent programs in Texas. I admired everything about her. She was a ball of fire, so smart, talented, yet loving and caring. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is someone who definitely made our world a better place by her presence in it.

  22. Terrell Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We prayer for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Pam was an amazing lady to give so much of herself to others. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy.
    Mickey and Alisha Roach

  23. What can I say? She was a special friend and I will miss her 😪 Thoughts and prayers are with you the family, RIP Pam, love you ❤️🙏🏼🤣🙏🏼

  24. Sorry to hear of Pam’s passing. She was a great person, mom, teacher and neighbor. Always energetic in everything she did, she will be remembered for her love of family, dedication to her students and profession, and her service to the community. I am sure that all who knew her will miss her very much.

  25. Very few times in a person’s life does a super energetic, devoted, and loving person come into your realm that make such an enormous impact that Pam did on my life. I can’t imagine a world without her and will truly miss her. Prayers for Greg, Monica, and Courtney and their families. I know a hole has been created in their lives!!

  26. Pam ,
    You were such. an amazing woman that taught me many things. I am blessed to have known and worked with you. You will be missed by so many. God’s peace and comfort to your family.

  27. Pam aka Honey was a wonderful mom, grand mom and friend, volunteer and teacher! She will be greatly missed by all.
    We love you
    Larry and Laresa

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