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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
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Pamela K. Sells

Pamela K. Sells

Saturday, July 31st, 1948 - Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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Pamela K. Sells, age 70, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Freeman Hospital, following an illness.

Pam was born on July 31, 1948 in Neosho, Mo. the daughter of the late Frank and Wilma McDaniel of Diamond, Mo. Pam was a lifelong educator and had a passion for not only learning but more importantly sharing that knowledge with others. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from MSSU, a Master’s Degree from Missouri State University, a Specialist’s Degree from PSU, Professional Development in Superintendency and Principalship from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Doctorate Degree from Missouri University Columbia. Pam’s career included elementary teacher at Seneca, Mo. 70-71, Pittsburg, Ks 71-72, Duquesne 73-82. She became the Assistant Principal at Duquesne Elementary, 82-83 and then Principal of Royal Heights Elementary 83-90. While attending MU she was an Education Consultant at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She served as the Superintendent of the Purdy, Mo. 94-96, Diamond, Mo. 96-99, and Maries County, Mo.99-05. Pam also was an instructor at Williams Woods University 05-06 and Linn State Technical College 05-06. She concluded her career in education at Pittsburg State University as the Student Teacher Supervisor/Instructor from 2006 to Present.

Pam was a member of many organizations over the years but currently was a member of American Association of University Women, Association of Teachers-Higher Education, Kansas Reading Professionals, National Science Teachers Association, International Reading Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Missouri Southern Alumni Association, Missouri State University Alumni, University of Missouri-Columbia Alumni, Phi Delta Kappa, and PSU Faculty Association. Pam enjoyed gardening, historical landmarks, preserving the folklore of not only Native Americans but all cultures.

Pamela and Patrick Sells recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, he survives. She is also survived by a son, Jason Sells and wife April, and Donavan, Carthage, Mo.; a daughter, Lisa Perry and husband Justin, Edwardsville, Il.; a sister, Betty Barnhart and husband Harold, Chanute, Ks. She was preceded in death by one sister, Saundra Southern.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Jamie Lankford, Minister will officiate. Burial will be in Diamond Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be given to the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at the University of Missouri Columbia in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 19th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, April 19th, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Chapel.
    Address Not Available
  • Service

    Saturday, April 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, April 20th, 2019 10:00am
    Mason-Woodard Mortuary
    3701 E. 7th Street
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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  • Interment

    Saturday, April 20th, 2019 |
    Saturday, April 20th, 2019
    Diamond Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Diamond, Missouri
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Posted at 04:35pm
My condolences to Pamela's family. I hope your sweet and loving memories of her provide comfort for you during this
sad time. Also, pray to God for comfort. Trust in him for the help needed. Many people have found hope and comfort
from the promise made in Revelation 21:3,4 where it states that sickness and death will be eliminated. Those who have
died will live again. (Acts 24:15) I hope these wonderful promises from God help you to cope with the loss of Pamela.

Tina Valenzuela

Posted at 11:55am
Dr. Sells was a wonderful mentor and friend. After my student teaching, she would visit our school while watching her current advisers, but she would always stop by my room to say hi and to see how things were going. I will miss her smiling face and loving heart.

Tina Valenzuela

John Helbing and Tom Hargis

Posted at 07:32am
Pat, Tom and I offer our deepest condolences to you for the loss of your dearest friend and soul mate Pam. You two had a very special relationship.
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Posted at 03:09pm
From Jasmine Crame, PSU student teacher:

This is such heartbreaking news. She will be so greatly missed. She truly was a life changer. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have had Dr. Sells as a supervising teacher. She blessed and touched so many lives.

Madeline, Lou, Bet, and Brenda

Posted at 10:59am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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