Pamela Taylor Wade, Deseret News associate city editor, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 1991, at her home of cancer.
Mrs. Wade, 39, was born April 4, 1951, in Salt Lake City, Utah, a daughter of Woodrow J. and Nina W. Taylor. She married Bob Wade on April 14, 1973, in Farmington. They are the parents of one daughter, Katie, age 9.She attended Davis County Schools and graduated from Bountiful High School in 1969.
Mrs. Wade worked as a journalist all of her adult life, starting as a news stringer for the Associated Press in Logan when she was 19. She attended Utah State University, where she worked in several capacities on the school newspaper, including editor in chief. She graduated from Utah State University in 1973 with a degree in journalism. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
After graduation, she worked at the Ogden Standard Examiner covering local news, including the Hi Fi Shop murder trial. In July 1976, she moved to the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, where she has worked since. While there, she was bureau chief in Davis County and covered the Utah Legislature and the controversy over the MX missile.
She was honored for the latter with a first-place general reporting recognition from the Utah Society of Professional Journalists. She was twice honored by her peers at the newspaper with special merit awards at the annual Mark E. Petersen Banquet.
More recently she was assignment editor and special projects editor. She was on leave as associate city editor at the time of her death.
City Editor Rick Hall said, "Pam was a joy to be around and a pleasure to work with, truly a trusted friend. She was a professional in every sense of the word. She knew journalism and how her profession relates to the people she served. She was as innovative and forward-looking as anyone I've ever known. I trusted her with any decision and not only respected, but relished, her advice and direction. I will miss her a great deal."
Mrs. Wade was particularly proud of her service as a Girl Scout Brownie leader during the past three years.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; daughter, Katie; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow J. Taylor, Centerville; sister, Linda Taylor, Salt Lake City; grandmother, Della Whitehead, Grace, Idaho; many dear aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.
She will also be dearly missed by the friends who have stood with her, including those at Holladay United Church of Christ and the Deseret News.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1991, at 3:30 p.m., at Holladay United Church of Christ, 2631 East Murray-Holladay Road, Salt Lake City. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be given to the Pam Wade Scholarship Fund, proceeds from which will go to a worthy Utah State University student pursuing a career in journalism. Donations may be sent to Pam Wade Scholarship Fund, P.O. BOX 21702, Salt Lake City, UT 84121.