Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Pamela “Pam” Wingo – Pam was born on March 19, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan to parents Pearl and Benjamin Marton. She has five siblings: Katherine, Barbara, twins David and Donald, and Gary. All of Pam’s siblings hope to have a reunion soon. Some of Pam’s favorite childhood memories are of playing with her brothers and sisters. All of them are close in age and they enjoyed playing hopscotch, dominoes, jump rope and baseball together in the backyard. She also recalls their family getting their first television—big, bulky, and black and white—and to her, this was a big deal.
Pam loved school and was “a natural student.” She especially enjoyed reading. She recalls her schools having very strict dress codes—while bent over, your dress was supposed to still touch the ground. Although she always had good grades, she did not do so well in two classes—cooking and bowling. In the cooking class, they made a pizza, and this was, to date, the worst pizza she has ever eaten. She also got a “D” in a bowling class, which had the longest final she had ever taken.
In the second grade, Pam decided that she was going to become a nurse. She attended Wayne State University, in Detroit, for her nursing degree. During Pam’s nursing career she always worked in pediatrics, first for Sutter Hospital and then for Kaiser.
Pam’s first husband was her high school sweetheart, Richard Chinnock. The two also attended Wayne State together. Pam handmade most of her clothes through college, including her wedding dress. She and Richard had three children: Laurie, Adam, and Lisa. Richard was in the Air Force and during their marriage, their family lived in New Orleans, Utah, and Alaska, which was miserably cold. When her oldest child was 13, they moved to Sacramento. Richard and Pam separated soon after their move to California. Pam met her second husband, Charles Wingo, when she was in her early 40s. Pam has six grandchildren: Grant, Reid, Annaleigh, Parker, Ryan, and Jordan.
During Pam and Richard’s many moves they traveled the country extensively. They drove across Canada, on the ALCAN Highway, on their move to Alaska. They also drove from Michigan to California. These trips allowed them to stop and experience different parts of the U.S., including Washington D.C. Pam has also taken cruises to Hawaii and Mexico. Pam moved to Carlton Senior Living Davis in April 2019. She really enjoys the activities and outings offered by the community. She also appreciates the respect the staff show to the residents. She lives here with her dog, Bella, and is very glad that Carlton is pet-friendly.
Pam would like to be remembered as a good person and a good mother—she counts becoming a mother among her favorite life experiences. She loves music from the 70s and musicals. Her favorite movie is “The Sound of Music.” Her favorite meal is either tilapia or salmon, with ice cream for dessert. She loves the smell of flowers, especially roses.
Pam believes in the golden rule—doing unto others as you want others to do unto you. She encourages others to appreciate every minute they have on this earth and to be thoughtful, kind, and helpful to those around them. She describes herself as kind, generous, and interested in life. She most admires her grandmother, Sarah, who Pam describes as kind and loving.
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Written by Ben Slade, Resident Liaison at Carlton Senior Living Davis