Pam RefiorBookkeeper and Office Assistant
Precious Pam Refior loves the Lord, loves her husband, loves her daughters and their husbands, loves her eight grandchildren and her granddaughter-in-law, loves her friends … and she loves life. Her husband states (repeatedly) and he really means it, “Precious Pam is the sweetest person I have ever met in my life, and I get the wonderful blessing and privilege of living with her.”
Pam was born in Kokomo, Indiana and lived on a farm in Howard County, Indiana during her early years. Pam grew up in the loving home of E. J. and Shirley Petro, along with her brother Tim, who is four years her junior. Her family moved to Bettendorf, Iowa where Pam spent her junior high and high school years. During high school she was active in many activities, including student government and wrestling cheerleading. She loved horses and when her parents moved back to the farm in Indiana, she was able to finally have horses of her own.
Pam entered Iowa Wesleyan College in the fall of 1968 where she earned her degree in elementary education in the spring of 1972, with a teaching certificate. During college she met and married her husband, Paul Refior (“Rafe”) and their first daughter, Nikki Jo, was born.
Following college graduation Rafe was off to law school at the University of Iowa. At that time there was a glut of teachers in Iowa City and there were no teaching positions available. Therefore, Pam took a very difficult job in a factory where she worked as the primary breadwinner for the family during the three years of law school. After some time of sweating on the injection molding machine she was promoted to the lab where she thoroughly enjoyed the work. Rafe had been sworn in as a Naval officer in 1974, and all summer of 1974 he was on temporary duty at Newport away from Precious Pam and Nikki. Then the flurry of the last year of law school, studying for the bar exam, passing the bar exam and preparing for all three to return to Naples for Naval justice School (Precious Pam being pregnant)
It was on October 31, 1976 – during the Navy years in Norfolk, Virginia – when Pam placed her faith and trust in Jesus Christ and she became a true Christian. Her husband had received the Lord the previous year on January 19, 1975. Therefore, in 1976 the Refiors became an equally-yoked Christian family, and Precious Pam embraced her roles as a Christian wife and mother. Those Navy years were quite important as Pam received excellent instruction at Tabernacle Church of Norfolk, including the significant teachings of her mentor, Helena Garrick. It was shortly after arriving at Norfolk that Pam gave birth to their second daughter, Laura Marie.