Pam will be sorely missed by many. A quiet leader whom I recently had the pleasure to meet. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Pam you will be missed. What a positive influence you have had on so many.
Pam and I first met in our early 20s when she was coordinating Post Licensing courses for the Columbus Board of Realtors and I had just gotten my real estate license while working for Jack Wallick a Developer. This was long before our paths crossed in the dog fancy. We continued on parallel paths through real estate, politics and eventually a long time friendship in our mutual love of dogs. My ex husband and I were charter members of Mid Ohio Owner Handlers that Jim and Pam founded, and for years we enjoyed the comeraderie of the show ring and many leadership roles in the clubs where we were members. We spoke frequently and candidly on many subjects, and Pam was always passionate in her dedication to fulfilling the expectation of jobs in which she was entrusted either by election or volunteer. I spoke with her earlier in the day she died and we planned to get together to discuss a holiday party for Owner Handlers. To say I was shocked to get the call from her dear friend, Donna Middleton, the next afternoon that she had passed away would be an understatement, I will miss you, Pam, as will others. There will be a great void in our dog world with you not there. For me, I will always find your spirit at the dog shows, in memories of our trips with DOKC, and in our mutual frustration with political events and the turmoil of the world outside dogs.
Brian and I were devastated to hear of Pam's passing. I can see her smile and hear her happy voice. Our first show dog learned from her(and a few others) and he got very excited when he heard her voice at the shows. She is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed. Pam, Cooper, Brian and I are so glad we have the pleasure of meeting you and can call you a friend.
I knew Pam for more than forty years, first as an exhibitor, after moving back to central Ohio, as a neighbor, but always as a friend. We spoke multiple times each week as we shared duties in both Owner Handlers and Central Ohio Kennel Club. She returned to the COKC Board this year at my request, and her positive insights and wealth of experience served us all so well. My family and I have known Michelle since 1982, and our hearts and souls ache for her in her sorrow. Pam was also so positive about everyone's success, and serves as a role model for those coming to our sport. It is people like her who will make the sport survive and prosper.
Quite the interesting read, thanks for sharing.
Robin Burmeister, Webmaster for the COKC.