FLORENCE — This is the story about an amazing woman, a vibrant little girl, and their extraordinary life together. It’s about Pam and Meghan Okon, their life, their love and how they left us far too soon.
Pam Okon met her husband, Randy, while both were working for the Missoula Fire Department. They fell in love and decided to spend their lives together. Of course, children were very much part of the plan; the first of two dreams of parenthood were realized when two gracious, beautiful young people decided that their baby girl would join the Okon family. Meghan Sierra Okon lit up their hearts and, three years later, another blessed gift in the form of a spunky, curly-haired girl they named Morghan would make their family complete. Pam was overjoyed with her girls, often saying “They were birthed from my heart.”
Randy continued to work for Missoula Fire and Pam joined the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation as an Incident Business Coordinator. Pam was an expert in matters related to fire finance; she was also a member of a National Type 1 Incident Management Team, traveling around the country to wildfires and other critical incidents to offer her expertise. She worked in many different capacities in the fire business sector and was highly regarded and sought after by many in the fire community. Randy and Pam’s work in fire services had quite an effect on their girls: they knew firsthand the sacrifice and reward that comes from helping others. Meghan in particular, never passed up the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of everyone she knew. The word many of her friends used to describe her was “kind.”
Though she had many titles, by far, Pam’s favorites were wife and mother. Her girls, Meghan and Morghan, were the light of her life, as was the opportunity to share them with her husband, Randy, and their extended family and friends. She absolutely loved the new home they had just built together out in the country. Pam had a keen sense of humor, a joyful heart, and a passion for helping others.
Meghan was a bright-eyed girl with an infectious smile and a kind heart. She had a quick wit, a bold sense of adventure, and boundless energy. Whether riding horses, fishing, sailing or playing with her friends, Meghan was up for anything; she loved life and lived it to the fullest. For her little sister, Morghan, she was a role model, confidante and best friend.
The entire family had an adventurous spirit. Pam and Randy learned to sail and the family frequently set out to exotic locales for some fun in the sun and the tranquil life at sea. Pam spoke wistfully of taking the girls out of school and living at sea for a year. There are precious memories of camping trips, a visit to Disneyland, and more. The four of them sure knew how to live, love and have fun!
Tragically, this story took an unexpected turn when Pam and the girls were involved in a vehicle accident on icy roads not far from their home. It was to be a special “Mother-Daughter date night,” which all had been looking forward to for some time. But it was not to be. Heaven has gained two angels in Meghan and Pam, and we are left with broken hearts, but a deep appreciation for each day we had to spend with them. The sting of our loss is made bearable by the knowledge that Pam and Meghan are together and that we will see them again in Heaven. Until then, whenever we gaze upon an ocean sunset, a wildflower, or the Montana Sky, we will think of them and be reminded once more of the beauty they brought to our world. Their time was brief, but our precious memories will endure forever.
A Celebration of Life for Pam and Meghan Okon will be held on Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. at Florence Carlton School, Florence, Mont. In lieu of flowers, donations in support of the Butterfly House, PO Box 8885, Missoula, MT 59807 are requested. This fledgling project was dear to Meghan, and Pam would certainly want to ensure continued support of it for the enjoyment of other kids into the future. Condolences can be sent to the Okon family home at 1165 Neon Moon Lane, Florence, MT 59833.