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Obituary: Pamela (Pam) Gayle McMurtrie-Nutting
Ruby Aufderheide

August 17, 1954—March 5, 2018

(Pam) Gayle McMurtrie Nutting, age 63, passed peacefully in the presence of her family on March 5th, 2018, in Twin Falls, Idaho, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Pam was born August 17th, 1954, in Spokane, Washington, to Ralph and Dorothy McMurtrie.

At a young age, Pam was known as “Pammy” to her close friends and family. During her childhood, Pam enjoyed spending a lot of time in Bellingham, Washington at Grandma Mac’s lake house, with her brothers and sister. She was always an animal lover, known for packing home strays, and caring for pets of all kinds. Pam especially loved the Long Beach, Washington area where her mother was born and raised. Pam was the “diamond” of the McMurtrie family, and although she was the baby sister, she was surely the glue that held the family together. In 1971, Pam married Randy Eller. He tragically passed one week before the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Sharrie Eller. Following Randy’s passing, Pam married Steve Nutting in 1972 and gained a beautiful step-daughter Bobbie Haken. Together, they had two more beautiful daughters, Elicia and Stephanie Nutting. Pam worked hard all her life. She spent her adult years as a convenient store manager at several locations in Twin Falls and Kimberly, Idaho where she established herself as a skilled business woman. Pam was always a hard worker, and instilled that work ethic in her children.

Pam was much like a Steel Magnolia, she was the very essence of strength and femininity. She was the backbone of her family, in good times and bad. Family meant so much more to her than just blood kin. It encompassed anyone to whom she was tied by heartstrings. Pam made sacrifices her entire life, to ensure her family never went without. After the girls left the nest, Pam devoted her life to her grandchildren. She found great pleasure in fulfilling their needs and wants, as she did for her own daughters. She never gave less than her best. Pam lovingly assumed the responsibility of fulfilling her mother’s wish, that the family stay united. Pam, like her mother, wished that her family would remain close and always stick together. Pam and Steve’s home was known for being open to anyone who sought refuge, acceptance, and love. Pam loved dishes! She taught her family the importance of tradition, and to appreciate the simplicity of enjoying a meal on a sparkling, beautifully cut, set of crystal dishes. Among other things Pam took pleasure in were: Thrift store shopping for her ceramic teddy bear collection. Sewing holiday quilts, pillow cases and aprons with her granddaughters. She also relished in getting the grandkids together to paint rocks, for decorations in the yard. She took pride in planting and caring for her Marigolds in the flower garden at her home. Some of her favorite past times were camping, ATV riding and boating. Pam and Steve loved having family and friends over for barbecues and gatherings in their backyard, and cooking s’mores around the fire pit.

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She is proceeded in death by her father Ralph, mother Dorothy, sister Colleen, and first husband Randy. She is survived by Steve Nutting; her brothers, Michael and Patrick McMurtrie; her daughters, Sharrie Hughes, Elicia (Brad) Worden, Stephanie (Greg) Habel; step-daughter, Bobbie Haken; and her grandchildren, Brandy Lowe, Allison and Andy Habel, Dilon Williams, Jeremy (Vilinda) Worden, Sarah Worden, Chelsea Haken, Maggie and Ian Hughes, Bailee Habel, and Emma and Seth Worden. Pam is also survived by 7 great – grandchildren. She will forever be remembered as “Grammy” to her grandchildren.

God has a special place in heaven for children like Pamela and we know she will continually be watching over all of us. The beauty of Pam was one that shined from within her, it was a glow that came from her genuine love for others. She was the very foundation of our family, and the rock on which it was built. We will forever have her love and wishes for unity in our hearts. As per Pam’s request, there will be no public service. Family will honor her in a private ceremony this summer in Bellingham, Washington.

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