Pamela P. Burke, a reading specialist who taught in Baltimore County public schools, died of breast cancer Feb. 24 at Chesapeake Hospice House in Linthicum. The longtime Pasadena resident was 59.
She was born Pamela Price in Baltimore and raised in Dundalk, where she was a runner-up in the Miss Dundalk beauty contest in 1963.
A 1964 graduate of Dundalk High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1968 and a master's degree in 1970, both in education, from what is now Towson University.
Until she retired last year, Mrs. Burke was a reading specialist for 30 years at Baltimore Highlands Elementary School.
"She was diagnosed with cancer two weeks after she retired," said a son, Zachary D. Burke of Pasadena.
Mrs. Burke enjoyed decorating her home and shopping.
She was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Pasadena.
Her husband of 26 years, Daniel Burke, a manager at Westinghouse Electric Corp's Linthicum plant, died in 1995.
Also surviving are another son, Matthew P. Burke of Pasadena; a brother, Ronald Price of Easton; a sister, Susan Miller of Baltimore; and a grandson.