Pamela McDonald McLaughlin, formerly of Carthage, passed away April 27, 2017 in Flat Rock, NC, as a result of a 16-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Pamela McDonald McLaughlin, formerly of Carthage, passed away April 27, 2017 in Flat Rock, NC, as a result of a 16-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Pam turned a normally deadly disease into a “nuisance” illness (her words), living out a retirement of quality days with the love of her supportive husband, Joe, and many supportive friends and family members.

She was born to Wilma and Glen McDonald of Carthage, Missouri on Sept. 6, 1945 and graduated from Carthage High School Class of 1963 with high honors. After graduating from Southwest Missouri State University she taught in the Kansas City, Mo. school system then, in what she described as her “fun years,” Pam worked as a Playboy Bunny at the Kansas City Playboy Club.

She joined the business world with Mobil Oil Corporation’s Kansas City Credit Card Center, and over her 30 years of employment achieved mid-level management positions first in New York City, then Dallas, and Washington D.C.

Retiring in 1996, she and her husband relocated to Hendersonville/Flat Rock, NC. While retired, she self-published several children’s poem books and a personal memoir describing what it was like to grow up in a small Missouri town, experiencing the Age of Aquarius years as a young career woman, and later negotiating a high-stress career path in a Fortune 500 company.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Joseph McLaughlin, who was there for her every step of her way toward her last day on earth, and her adored sister, Kathleen McDonald Chick, of Carlisle, MA (formerly of Carthage).

Pam’s life story would not be complete without mentioning her great love of all animals and her many beloved pets. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you consider donations to the Community Partnership for Pets, P.O. Box 1021, Flat Rock, NC 28731 (828-693-5172). An online obituary and guest book is at www.thosshepherd.com.