Remembering Pam McMillie

Posted Oct 30, 2022

Phoenix Chapter Vice President, Pam McMillie, passed away unexpectedly in September after experiencing health issues. The loss of Pam has left us heartbroken and stunned.

Pam was our VP for 2 years and brought a wealth of experience, with a background in gardening, environmental stewardship, ecological restoration, education, and military service. We benefited from her expertise and joyful presence at our virtual Chapter meetings, and she was heading our new Outreach Committee.

If you did not have the pleasure of meeting Pam, below are links to two articles that highlight her passion for wildlife and gardening with native plants.

Attracting Native Pollinators

Native Plants for Backyard Birds

Also, during our Chapter meeting in August, Pam mentioned that the following 3 books “changed her understanding of the wild”:

  • Where the Wild Things Were by William Stolzenburg
  • What the Robin Knows by Jon Young
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Pam may be gone, but her giving spirit will live on through programs and activities she championed as a leader with our organization, as well as Maricopa County Parks, Phoenix Parks, the Texas Native Plant Society, and as a Master Naturalist in Arizona, Virginia, and Texas.

Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, one of Pam’s favorite places to hike. Photo credit: Pam McMillie

As stated in her obituary, “In lieu of sending flowers or other donations, please take a few minutes for yourself to enjoy a bit of the outdoors in a park or have a walk along a trail which was one of the things Pam so very much loved.”

The feature presentation of our November Chapter meeting is dedicated to Pam and her help in developing and implementing the Maricopa Pollinator Pathway. We will also remember Pam at a future Phoenix Chapter member meet up in the great outdoors.