Pamela Joy Arthur

August 07, 1952 ‒ April 05, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Pamela Joy Arthur, of Beech Street Mt. Vernon, died on April 5, 2020 at Altercare Newark South after a long illness.

She was born August 7, 1952 to Charles W Treen and Clara Mae (Gossett) Fry.

Pam graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1970 and the Ohio State University in 1989 with a BS in Nursing. She had worked in several nursing homes including The Laurels and Country Court. She was Director of Nursing at Rose Garden and Country Club Retirement Center.

She loved nature and gardening. She had a green thumb and always had flowers around her.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rachel Diane Arthur, her grandparents Guy and Glenna Gossett, her mother Clara Mae Fry, her father Charles Treen, her sister Pennie J Treen and a niece Susan Mosel Phillips.

She is survived by a son Ananda Li Arthur of Mt Vernon; sisters Paula (Ben) Rayburn of Newark, Peggy (Daniel) Bennett of Fredericktown, brothers Jon (Kelly) Fry of Ashville and Patrick Fry of New York. She is also survived by Charleen Arthur her mother in-law of Mansfield, several nieces and nephews and extended family.

The family would like to thank all the nurses and staff at Altercare and Generation Hospice for the excellent care that was provided.

Memorial contributions can be made to Generation Hospice in Newark, Ohio.

In keeping with Pam’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.  There will be a memorial service at a later date.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Pamela Joy Arthur.


  • Dear Paula and Ben, We are saddened to read about the loss of Paula’s sister. We are sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May it help you through this trying time, to know that you have friends who care. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

    • Dick and Susie,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. Paula had been taking care of Pam for the last several years. We moved Pam to a nursing home here in Newark so Paula did not have to drive back and forth to Mt. Vernon. Pam passed away with peace. Ben

  • Paula and Ben. I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Pam sounds like a an amazing and caring woman. I am thinking about you as you journey through this difficult time.

  • Pam will always be considered a Very Dear Friend and A Very Compassionate Nurse!
    Pam was always willing to teach those whom were willing to learn. She was a Fantastic Mentor to me!

    My condolences to each family member for your loss. Please know that each of you held a special and important place in Pams’ heart her whole life!

    I have always remembered what Pam said to me many years ago….

    ”Life is but a whisper In Time. Embrace it, Enjoy Every Minute, As Time Quickly Passes By.”

    Until We Meet Again My Dear Friend!

  • Ananda,
    So sorry for the loss of your mother.
    Larry & Mary Lou Andrzejewski

  • So sorry to hear of Pams passing. I was an S.T.N.A. FOR years and Pam was my nurse
    at one of the places I worked. She was a good girl with a Heart of gold . My thoughts
    And prayers 🙏🙏 are with you at this hard time!!

  • Jon and Sissy,
    We are extremely sorry for the loss of your dear older sister Jon. It is so difficult loosing a sibling. Only sisters and brothers can help you remember the things from your childhood after parents have passed away.
    Gods grace is sufficient, and she is no longer In agony.
    Praying for the entire family!!

  • Jon and Sissy,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I can tell from the posts she was loved and showed great kindness to those she encountered. You all are in my prayers. I pray you have peace at this time and that her memory is a treasure to you.

  • You probably don’t remember me Paula but I was one of Pam,s friends in high school. I wished I had kept in touch with her through our lives. We did have a passion for flowers. I’m sure we could have had some good times. My condolences to all the family.Was glad to hear she passed in peace. Again I am so sorry.

  • Pam Treen was one of my best friends at Mount Vernon Junior High. We knew each other in elementary school at Dan Emmett but only got close when we traveled to classes together in 7th grade.

    Students weren’t allowed to go to our lockers between classes, so we had a huge pile of books to carry (before kids had backpacks). Yet Pam insisted on carrying her Bible on top. “You never know when you might need it,” she told me. We loved Mr. Knox’s science class, where we could hold various pet animals on our desks, where a squealing guinea pig might interrupt the class.

    We were also two of the kids who were recruited to walk daily to a nearby home, where we helped the mother do exercises for her very young daughter. She was a lovely little girl with blonde ringlets, but she suffered from some muscular ailment. The newspaper came once and put a big picture of Pam and the little girl in the newspaper.

    One day in the spring during our lunch recess, I had to tell Pam and my other best friend (and neighbor) Diane Faulkner that IBM was transferring my dad from Mount Vernon to Mansfield, and so we had to move away. I was devastated.

    I graduated from Lexington High School (a county school outside Mansfield) and then went on to Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where I became a teacher. After I got my first computer, I would periodically search for Pam, wondering what happened to her and hoping she was having a good life. I asked some of the Mount Vernon people too, but I guess Pam had moved away to Fredericktown.

    I never found her online until today, only to find out that she had just died this month during this horrible coronavirus pandemic. It hurts me to know she’s gone. I wish we could have connected earlier. But she will always live in my heart and my memories.