Patricia Ann (Meeker) Rouhier, 69, passed away October 6, 2013 at her home on Beall Lane in Medford, Ore. She was born January 17, 1944 in North Hollywood, Calif. to Leland and Dorothy Meeker.
Pam, as she was known to most, grew up in the Rogue Valley. She graduated in 1962 from St. Mary's High School in Medford, Ore. After high school, she attended Holy Names College in Spokane, Wash. where she completed one semester before returning to the valley to marry her high school sweet heart.
Pam married David Rouhier in 1964 in Medford, Ore. Just nine months later their first son David was born, followed by Douglas in 1965, Darin in 1966, and finally Dale in 1968. Pam and David pursued their dream of owning a ranch, dedicating years to raising cattle and hogs, running a butcher shop, leading 4H, gardening, canning their own food, making candles and many other pioneering activities. This was also the time she began working on the first of many, many handmade quilts. Her Nana helped her start the first quilt, cleaning and cutting fabric from old shirts. It would take her nearly ten years to complete, but it began a legacy that would endure long after the fabric had faded.
In 1977, they had to leave their ranching dream behind, moving into a house in Eagle Point. In 1981 her marriage ended and Pam struck out as a single parent. After working as a florist for a period, she was hired by the Grange Co-op and eventually became the garden store manager. Gardening being one of her passions from early on, this work was a natural fit and she spent many years of her life helping customers and friends with their gardening needs. She hosted a monthly gardening radio show, offering advice and assistance to call-in customers, educating people on gardening and sharing her vast knowledge.
In 1991 Pam took off on an adventure, leaving the valley and moving to Portland to live with her sister Kathy and her niece Becky. Later her youngest sister, Debbie, moved in along with her husband Ron and kids Ryan, Dean and Bud. After a time Pam realized she missed the valley and she eventually moved back, returning to work at the Grange.
In the spring of 1992 she purchased her home on Beall Lane and began a remodel that would continue off and on for the rest of her life. The house is a testament to a woman who refused to be limited. For those who know her, she was a woman who could do anything to which she set her mind, a quality she inspired in her sons and many others whose lives she touched.
Pam is survived by three sons Douglas (47) and his wife Te-see, her grandchildren, August and Ella; Darin (46) and his wife Dana, her grandchildren, Alexandra and Gabrielle; and Dale (45) and her granddaughter, Robin. The oldest of 12, Pam is also survived by her two sisters, Kathy and Debbie; and her nine brothers, Dick, Glen, Dennis, Ralph, Jim, John, Don, Gary, and Tom. She was preceded in death by her parents Leland and Dorothy along with eldest son, David.
A memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, at 10th and Oakdale in Medford, Ore., at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Pam touched many lives and all are welcome to come together to help honor her memory.