Monday, December 1, 2014
Last Tuesday my cousin, Pam, went home to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with colon cancer. As you can see in this picture, she was rocking those cat eye glasses that she wore from a very young age. A friend commented, Heaven is a little sweeter and a little fancier with Pam there. As I look at this picture it is hard to believe that all three girls sitting on the left on the sofa have gone on to heaven. Carolyn died of complications from Lupus. Kathy died suddenly after having many health issues and now Pam is gone as well. All three left children and grandchildren who miss them so much. Christmas will be hard for the extended Hooper clan this year.
My sister shared with me that Pam had kept a journal and a portion of that journal was read at her funeral. This entry was written just after she received the report that there was nothing more that could be done for her medically. She stated that while she looked forward to heaven, it is hard to leave her family behind. She hoped that she had lived the kind of life that made a difference and that had made her parents and grandparents proud of her. We all know she made a difference. When Carolyn died, Pam stepped into the role of second mother. Carolyn's children called her Mama Pam. Someone laughed that they always knew when Pam was around because all the little ones had red lipstick kisses on their cheeks! She dearly loved her two grandsons as well as all her great nieces and nephews. Always a fashion plate, her high heels and red lipstick were everyday attire. Some of the ladies she worked with sent a floral tribute that was shaped into a red high heel with a perky black bow on it!
Pam was my closest cousin in age and in friendship. We married around the same time, had our children together and just assumed that we would both be here until we were little old ladies. She will be missed but never forgotten.