She was born in Tell City on April 23, 1953 to the late Maurice and Rosetta (Oates) Hendershot.
Pam was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus at 22 years old. Having just graduated from college, she was determined to lead a normal life. She worked, traveled and spent a lot of time with friends and family. Despite having a severe form of SLE, she worked at Perry County Memorial Hospital for 35 years and loved talking to old and new friends. She worked sick, in pain, on crutches, in a wheelchair, but she believed it was her responsibility to work.
Pam was very intelligent and well read. All topics interested her- politics, current events, and especially sports. She loved IU basketball, but could talk about any team in any sport. She was incredibly loyal to friends and family, and if she loved you, it was forever. A devout Christian, she never asked “why?” Despite living in pain she never questioned God’s plan for her. Her spirit shone thru her eyes and smile. She loved to talk, loved people, and everyone loved her. Laughter always followed her stories. She had a great sense of adventure and loved to travel. She lived each day to the fullest, never taking life for granted.
Pam was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend and will be remembered each day. Her memory and indomitable spirit will linger in our hearts forever.
She is survived by an abundance of family and friends. Her family includes her aunts, Minnie Brinksneader, Vernel Jackson, Lilly Oates and June Hendershot, along with many cousins. Also surviving Pam is her second family whom loved her and was so blessed to be a part of Pam’s family, that includes, Brenda (Earl) Schwartz, Kim (Mike) Hall and Devin and Dylan, Kris (Geoff) Gentil and Lyndsey, Seth, Rylan and Jace, and Kelli (Jason) Brown. These were Pam’s pride and lots of joy as well, as she was always their #1, adopted sister and auntie.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM CST Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Deer Creek Baptist Church. Pastor Dr. Elmer Shelby will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home on Monday, from 2:00-8:00 PM and Tuesday 9:00-10:30 AM at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Deer Creek Baptist Church.