Pamela Feeley and Lee Marvin fell in love in 1945, when she was 15 and he was a 21-year-old veteran; they parted in 1948 when he left Woodstock, New York, to pursue his acting career. Pamela worked as a radio producer in the 1960s, and was divorced three times before she married Lee Marvin in 1970, both divorced with children.
Pamela Feeley Marvin WOODSTOCK- Early on April 2, 2018 Pamela Feeley Marvin, a lifetime resident of Woodstock, N.Y., passed into the loving arms of the Lord, an embrace she gracefully avoided to hurry on to her family, her many friends, and her beloved Lee for a reunion bash many years in the making. It was said that Pam surrounded herself with brilliant and talented people, but it was they who flocked to her and once there, never left her side. Recently she marveled at how fortunate she was to have so many incredibly talented, gifted people from all walks of life as friends. And with characteristic humility, she wondered why they seemed to like her so much. Anyone who knew Pam could answer that, and each with a different answer. One of the first female radio personalities, she brought in double the advertising dollars of her male counterparts. Despite her successes and popularity, a new program director told her soon after he took over he was going to replace her because he “didn’t like the idea of a woman on the radio.” Undaunted, she had the satisfaction of turning down his urgent requests to interview her years later, using his very words to decline. She held a world record in fishing, catching a 687lb Blue Marlin while out off the coast of Hawaii. She was a talented cook who would never forget to bake a pie or cook someone their favorite meal when she knew they were coming. She stood staunchly against the corrupt, the dishonest, the greedy, and anyone who dared dishonor or impugn those under her aegis, or the values she represented. She was quick to correct anyone with the misguided notion that she needed any help in these rare battles - for she feared neither man nor beast. At 88, she would fearlessly walk outside banging pots and pans together and cursing to confront the packs of Javelina (tusked desert pigs) gorging on the plentiful flowers she kept around the patio. She would bring water to remote areas of the Southern Arizona desert so that a human being wouldn’t have to die of thirst for crossing the border. When she saw injustice, she wrote, sending hundreds of letters to the editors of major newspapers, seeking justice wherever it had been denied. She spent weeks trying to get an explanation for why an unfortunate man was shot to death over a case of beer. She made so much noise the chief of police invited her down and gave her a friendly tour of his station, and ended up giving her all the files they had been reluctant to give. Her many buddies from the 4th Division Marines or the Reunion of Honor trips would be the first to say she epitomized the Warrior Spirit, fervently despising the human malady of war and the misery and suffering it entails. She saved her most severe criticism for those world leaders, who, having never fought in battle or perhaps having cowardly shied away from the responsibility, would nonetheless foment war to appease vanity. To that end we ask that instead of flowers, you send donations to the progressive Democratic organization of your choice, then celebrate your loved ones with a glass of wine or box of dark chocolates. She would prefer you have both.
Published in the Daily Freeman on Apr. 13, 2018
MARVIN, Pamela Passed away suddenly on April 3, 2018, leaving family and friends saddened, but grateful for her love and friendship over a lifetime. Ms. Marvin, born in Kingston, NY on February 22, 1930 is survived by children, Rod McLeod, Wendy McLeod King, Maura Moncure Moore and Kerry Griffin; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Pamela worked as a radio interview host, sold advertising, produced a radio show "Kerry's Magic Castle" before marrying childhood sweetheart actor, Lee Marvin. The product of a one-room schoolhouse in her hometown of Woodstock, NY, later Kingston High School, and a summer session studying painting at the Art Students League, Ms. Marvin traveled the globe on movie sets, making friends among Hollywood's elite and local folks alike. She held an IGFA Women's World Record for landing a 607 & ½ lb. Pacific Blue marlin off the Kona Coast of Hawaii, authored the definitive biography of her husband called "Lee," and was active in local Democratic Party politics. She traveled to many Marine Corps IV Division reunions, finding love and acceptance from WWII veterans and their spouses, honoring their lives and service until the end. A private memorial will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, please contact family members for details.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on May 13, 2018
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