She was born Sept. 2, 1957, in Kansas City, Kan., to Kenneth E. and Margean R. (McMillin) Mauler. Pam grew up the youngest of four siblings. She graduated from Cherryvale High School and married Carl Watson before moving to Okinawa, Japan.
She returned to the Parsons area in 1977. She worked as a respiratory specialist at the former Labette County Medical Center, now called Labette Health. During this time Pam married Johnny Colbert and together they had two children. The two of them later divorced.
She later took a position at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, working there for more than 20 years and holding different positions. She was a client training supervisor on Maple Cottage at the time of her death.
NFL football was Pam’s favorite sport. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. She enjoyed working in her yard with family on the weekends. Pam liked to entertain and throw parties with barbeque and card games. She loved jazz music and occasionally attended jazz festivals. Pam always said that her favorite thing to do was spoil her grandbabies.
Survivors include two children, Johnny Lee Colbert II of Parsons and Brandi Nicole Colbert of Joplin; two grandchildren, Jonathan Lee Colbert and Daya Lea Holmes; a sister, Patricia A. Mauler of Owasso, Okla.; a brother, Kenneth E. Mauler Jr.; several nephews/nieces, including Eric L. Jones, Jennifer M. (Adkins) Stanke, Donald G. Adkins, Samuel P. Adkins and Michael K. Jones.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Pauline Rose (Mauler) Jones; and a niece, Mary Jean (Jones) Lang.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Community Service Fund, a non-profit organization. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.