Pamela Joy "Pam" Bailey shed her earthly temple and was welcomed into Heaven's choir on Tuesday evening, November 19, 2013, following a twelve year battle with breast cancer. She passed on surrounded by her loving family. She was 50 years old.
Pam was born on December 8, 1962, in Norfolk, Virginia, the youngest of six children born to the late Rev. Charles L. and Ann P. Robinson. The Robinson family came to Mount Gilead in 1971 when Charles answered the call to be the pastor at Gilead Friends Church. Pam went on to graduate from Mount Gilead High School in 1981 and attended Malone College and Wright State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work. While at Malone, Pam fell in love with and married Jay Scarpella, and together they had a daughter (Olivia Ann). Six months after Olivia's birth, Jay died unexpectedly from medical complications following surgery. Pam continued working at Morning View Care Center in Fulton as a social worker and later became a receptionist for Dr. Satish Raj's Family Medicine Center. In 2006, Pam was called to serve the church where she was raised (Gilead Friends Church) along with its new school (Gilead Christian School). She was dedicated to both organizations and served cheerfully in whatever capacity they needed, whether it was working in the school kitchen, assisting with church youth ministries, or serving as church secretary for several years. A beloved pillar of the church, she brought joy, love, and peace to the people she met, even serving as an ""unofficial"" church counselor and confidante. She will be greatly missed by the people she so gladly served.
Several years after her first husband Jay's passing, Pam reconnected with former classmate James Robert (Jim) Bailey and the two fell in love and were married on June 14, 1997, at Gilead Friends Church by Pam's father, the Rev. Charles Robinson. They and their daughter Olivia were blessed with two more angels in their family: Emilene Joy (""Emmy"") and James Robert II (""Jimmy""). The family has cherished their 16 years together. Pam and Jim shared a love of gardening and the outdoors. Pam learned to can from her mother-in-law and truly enjoyed processing the bounties of the garden and berry patches. She canned and froze everything she touched, and her salsa was an overwhelming favorite among friends and family. She also loved to take ""prayer walks"" on the many paths that Jim made for her throughout their beautiful property.
Pam was well-known for her angelic singing voice and sang frequently with the church choir and at local events. As the youngest child in a musical family, she would frequently sing ""lead"" in her family's beautiful melodies and harmonies. She truly cherished the times her family would gather together and sing.
Pam had the befitting middle name of ""Joy"", a quality she brought with her everywhere she went. She had a beautiful sweet spirit that lit up every room she entered, always smiling and positive regardless of circumstances. Pam lived a life of devotion to her church and family, and was a blessing to all who knew her. Our lives will never be the same without her but she will continue to be our angel in heaven.
Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband James Bailey of Mount Gilead; three precious children: Olivia Scarpella-Bailey, Emilene (Emmy) and James (Jimmy) Bailey, all of Mount Gilead; 5 devoted siblings: Dr. Charles (Rebecca) Robinson of Knoxville, TN, Gary (Patrice) Robinson of Goodletsville, TN, Ronald (Deborah) Robinson of North Canton, OH, Charlann (Donald) Murray of Corona, CA, and Joanna (Stephan) Curts of Mt. Gilead, OH: Step-mother Edna Marie Robinson of Cardington, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews, who were like her own children, and countless dear friends.
Her family will greet friends from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 23rd, at the Gilead Friends Church, 3613 Twp Rd 115, Mount Gilead. Services celebrating her life will follow there at 4:00 p.m., with Pastor Brian Mosher officiating. Burial services will then be observed privately by her family in Quakerdom Cemetery (Gilead Friends Cemetery).
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gilead Friends Church, Gilead Christian School (address above), and to Hospice of Morrow County for their tender loving care of Pam...they were a blessing to her and her family.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Pam's family, and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Morrow County Sentinel on Nov. 27, 2013