Pamela J (Collins) Beechum, the feisty ol' lady that she was, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at home surrounded by those she lived to torment (mainly her son-in-law!) and those she loved … which was everyone else. She was born in Meigs County, Ohio, on December 11, 1947, to George and Edith (Hillen) Collins. She was the best mom ever, and is survived by her three amazing children, and the spouses who put up with them: Jonathon (Sherrie) Collins of Chapin SC, Melissa (John) Harvey of Galion OH, and Kenneth (Angela) Collins of Mt. Gilead OH; Known as "grams" and "G", she was blessed with 12 spectacular grandchildren: Christopher (Deanna), Sarah (Michael), Brian (Cassandra), Mikey (Kristin), Katelyn, Laurie, Kyle (Brooke), Nick, Nathan (Alyssa), Adrienne (Toby..jk, Tyler), Noah and Jonna; going by "GG", she shined bright with her 6 stellar great-grandchildren: Deagan, Lilly, Braylin, Lyncoln, Everest and Brinley. She is also survived by her sister Patty (Tim) Rizor of Marion, OH, brother George (Virginia) Collins Jr of Waldo, OH, sister Debi (Richard) Layne of Lancaster, OH, sister Rachel (James) Dutt, as well as the many nephews, nieces and offspring's thereof. Pam also left behind her honorary sister, and very dear friend, Elnora "Miss El" Baskin of Orlando, FL. Preceded in death by her husband William G Beechum, her parents, her brother John Hillen and her sister Diane Bentz. Known for always wearing pajamas and "smelling like grandma", you could find Pam reading one of her favorite authors (which there were many), gambling with her fake millions on her laptop, or playing with her great grandbabies when she could. She held tight to those she loved, and defended them ferociously…especially her children. She loved deeply, always had a quick wit and smile, and was always willing to go that extra mile for her family and very close friends. If you asked Pam her opinion, she would always forewarn you by asking "Are you sure you want my opinion?", because she didn't sugar coat. She spoke her mind and wasn't afraid to stand up for what she thought was right. She was adventurous, and would have loved to have done more, but her body just refused to hold up to its end of the bargain. Pam and her family ask that, in lieu of cards or flowers (as there will be no services), feel free to donate to Genesis Legacy (genesislegacy.org), out of Memphis, TN. The Genesis program, which she chose to be a part of for the next 6-12 months, is a willed body donor program for those persons wishing to donate their bodies for the advancement of science. Genesis supports the Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI), a medical education, hands-on training and research facility. She was all about teaching and higher learning. Her humor and spark will definitely be missed, but her mark on this world will forever be seen in the lives that were blessed to have known her.
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Published in The Morrow County Sentinel from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2018.