Pamela Etling, 61

Pamela Kay Etling, 61, a lifetime resident of Wabash County, went to be with her Savior at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at her home. She was born to the late Ernest and Nokie (Fields) Gillespie on Sept. 25, 1953.

Pam married Kevin Etling on Jan. 28, 1984; he survives in Wabash. She worked for Big R and Martin Yale both in Wabash. Pam loved being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and just being with her family. She was a loving friend to many, who looked up to her as a mentor and second mother.

Pamela is also survived by two daughters, Melissa Hileman-Carter (Shannon), North Manchester and Stephanie Hileman-Bekel (Harry), Wabash; nine grandchildren, Levi Wright, Mackenzie Rickner (Chris), Cassidy Miller, Mike Bekel, Dani Bekel, Sam Renz, Celina Carter, Max Carter, and Cierra Carter; and a brother. She was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Gillespie and sister, Mary Rose Gillespie.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 6, at McDonald Funeral Home, Wabash, with Pastor David Phillips officiating. Burial followed in the Friends Cemetery in Wabash.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Posted on 2014 Oct 07