Dear Friends and Family,
We are entering the final week of the online campaign to support the Pamela E. Hamilton Memorial Fund. The sudden loss of Pam is still shocking and painful; however, the establishment of this scholarship has given us a way to continuously honor her memory.
Pam accepted Christ at a very young age while a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. She was active with the Junior Women’s Mission, church choir, youth ministry, NAACP, and various other community organizations. It was through these organizations that she developed the kind, loving, bold and gentle spirit that everyone remembers. It was also here that she published her first novel! Well, it was more of a comic strip inspired by children in the community, titled “Friends Forever.” The comic strip may never win awards, but the joy it brought to children was reward enough for Pam.
As a student at Raleigh High School, Pam excelled both in and out of the classroom. She was captain of the cheerleader squad, homecoming queen and valedictorian. Pam always supported her friends in their pursuits and was equally excited to see them achieve their goals.
After moving to Atlanta in January 2008, Pam joined Elizabeth Baptist Church and began taking small-group classes and volunteering with the data entry team. She greeted everyone she met with love and acceptance. Beyond church, she enjoyed using her talents to help others by editing documents and resumes for family and friends.
Pam’s lupus diagnosis was a shock to our entire family. As a result of the disease, she often experienced joint pain and fatigue, causing her energy level to decrease. Yet she continued to take on life’s challenges with excitement. We're sure Pam originally asked, “Why me?” as most of us would after such a diagnosis, but we are also positive that she was at peace with God’s plan. [View the video of Melissa reading from Pam’s journal.]
Our family truly appreciates all of you who have supported this memorial fund. We have so enjoyed hearing and reading about the wonderful memories you have of Pam. We knew how important she was to our family; however, it has been a blessing to learn just how many lives she touched. It is encouraging to know that, through the establishment of this fund, Pam’s legacy will continue to inspire others.
Please join us in supporting Pam’s memorial fund at ignite.olemiss.edu/pamsimpact and become a Pam ambassador by sharing the link with your family and friends.
Albert, Cora, and Melissa Hamilton
Father, mother and sister of Pamela Hamilton