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Pamela Kyllingstad Aug. 13, 1946 - Jan. 7, 2013

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Pamela Kyllingstad Aug. 13, 1946 - Jan. 7, 2013

WILLMAR - Pamela Kyllingstad, 66, the daughter of the late Marv and Stell Giles, died unexpectedly January 7th. A celebration of Pam's life will be on Saturday, January 19th, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM in the Mulitpurpose Room of the Willmar Public Library. A short Time of Remembrance will be at 1:30 PM.

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Pam grew up in Holland, Minnesota, and graduated from Pipestone High School. During her school years she was in band and choir and loved to read. Throughout her life, reading was her source of intellectual curiosity and led to her love of learning. Pam graduated from Southwest State with a Bachelor's Degree in elementary education and earned Masters Degrees from St. Cloud State University in Special Education and Educational Administration and a Specialist's Degree in Educational Administration. She began teaching at Atwater Elementary School as a Learning Disabilities teacher, became an assistant principal, a principal and eventually, the Superintendant of Schools at ACGC.

Pam and her husband Bob were married in 1970 and moved to Willmar in 1973. A forty year resident of Willmar, Pam was very active in the community. She was a founding member of the Willmar/Kandiyohi County Friends of the Library, currently serving as the group's president. As an avid reader, she loved libraries and felt they were a gateway to personal growth and development. After her retirement, Pam developed a passion for quilting. She began as a novice and her quilting skills grew quickly. Her siblings, nieces and nephews were the lucky recipients of many of Pam's quilts. She was currently the co-president of Country Quilters and had served as the chair of the Willmar Quilt Show.

Pam loved the adventures that travel had to offer and especially enjoyed her vacations with her sisters. Even as an adult, she never lost her sense of wonder or her excitement about learning, which is why she understood children so well.

Pam is survived by her husband, Bob, her sisters Beth, Mary and Phyllis, brothers David and Dan and a wide circle of friends who loved and respected her.

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