Pamela Mattie Joseph, a former Air Force major and flight nurse who became an advocate for cancer awareness, died of multiple myeloma March 7 at her Columbia home. She was 64.
Pamela Howell was born in Waynesville, N.C., the daughter of William Howell, a paper mill worker, and Carolyn Jones Howell, a hospital cook. She was a 1968 graduate of Pisgah High School in Canton, N.C., and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Berea College. Family members said she attended a one-room school until the 11th grade.
She became a public health nurse in Winston-Salem, N.C., and trained as a nurse practitioner at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.