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Pamela Jean (Wilson) Croft, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on June 15, 2024, in Buffalo, MN, at the age of 76. Born on January 15, 1948, in Seattle, WA, Pamela was the daughter of Douglas Wilson and Jacqueline (Coleman) Swanson.

Her early years were marked by frequent moves with her family, eventually settling in Litchfield, MN, where she grew up and graduated with the class of 1966.

After high school, Pamela pursued her passion for beauty and style at Wanner’s School of Beauty Culture in Duluth, MN. In 1966, she met the love of her life, Dean Croft, when they worked together at Universal Fiberglass Corporation in Two Harbors, MN. They were married on August 16, 1969. Pamela also contributed her talents to beauty shops in Bayport, MN; Austin, TX; and Two Harbors, MN.

During Dean’s military service, the couple lived in Austin, TX, where Pamela provided support and filled their apartment with love and warmth. After Dean’s service, they returned to Two Harbors, where they raised their three children.

Pamela loved hosting and entertaining, filling her home with warmth and laughter. Her culinary skills, especially her baking, were renowned among family and friends. People never left hungry, and it brought her joy to watch those she loved gathered around the table enjoying her delicious meals.

She was a talented seamstress, enjoyed playing bridge, lived her life as a faithful Christian woman, and was often a guest speaker at Women’s Aglow and other Christian events. She had charisma; when she entered a room, or when speaking with her, you felt like you were in a safe place with someone you could trust and who truly cared about you. Her legacy of kindness, hospitality, and love will be cherished by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Douglas Wilson and Jacqueline Swanson; sister, Roxanne Wilson; and sister-in-law, Mary June Wilson.

Pamela is survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, Dean; children, Bryan Croft, Paul Croft, and Rebecca (Adam) McGrane; grandchildren, Brittan, Malia, Savanna, and Quinn; siblings, Douglas Wilson, Darrel (Diana) Wilson, and Jamie (Virgil) Wiechmann; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 12 PM with visitation beginning one hour prior at Buffalo Covenant Church, Buffalo, MN.

Arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Carla Smith

    My sincere sympathies. Pam was always so warm and welcoming to our family.

  2. Helen and Garland Segner

    Our sympathies to the Croft family. We have many great memories, getting together with Pam and Dean playing Mexican Train, getting together for dinners and going on picnics and being great neighbors.

  3. Dave and Tammy Jacobs

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Pam was definitely a beautiful, charismatic, woman of God. We were blessed to know her and will continue to pray for all of you as you journey through the weeks ahead!

  4. Jan Heyerdahl

    My condolences to Dean and family. What a beacon of light Pam shared wherever she was! Her faith and hope in Jesus radiated from her heart and soul. May you know God’s peace.🙏

  5. Doug Wilson

    Sis, I miss you so much, things will never be the same without you. I am relieved that I had my chance to say my goodbyes. Just know that I love you and I pray Mom, Roxanne, and Mary June greet you and welcome you to our Heavenly Father’s Home.

  6. Tracy Larson

    My sympathies to you Paul and your family. 💙

  7. Sherry Ray

    Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of Pam. I will cherish the memories I have of her. Especially her smile which lit up a room.

  8. Mark and Sharon Kettner

    Pam , Jesus shown through all you did. You’re with Him now praising Him. I loved your friendship and you passed on many insights on the Bible. I’m so sad you left us and it will not be the same. My words are not enough to express my heart. Deepest sympathy to your family.

  9. Deep Juhi Singh

    Hi Paul,

    Accept my condolence for your loss. May God, help you get through this difficult time and ease your pain.

    May her soul rest in peace!!

  10. Abdul Haleem

    Please accept my condolence. May her soul rest in peace.

    My sympathies to you Paul and your family.

  11. Deep Juhi Singh

    Accept my condolence for your loss Paul. May God, help you get through this difficult time and ease your pain.

    May her soul rest in peace!!

  12. Eric placek


    My heart is with you and always has been. Let’s keep making mom proud as you always have. Stay strong.

  13. Natalie Bothwell

    Our sympathy, love, and prayers to all the family! Pam was such a special lady. I’ll always treasure our many walks together and the wonderful conversations we would have. Pam had a gift for understanding and dealing with all aspects of life. She would share her thoughts, her delicious food, and pray that God would take care of things even if God chose to do things differently than how we expected life to be. Pam was accepting and always very loving! She was a good example to all of us and will be missed. I’m very grateful that she was in my life! Big hugs to all the family, especially to Dean and Becca, who I know the most.

  14. Mona Linden

    Dean, Brian, Paul, Becca:

    I am so sorry to hear about Pam. She was a wonderful person and will always be remembered. You are in my prayers and take care.


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