Pamela Sue “Pam” High

May 09, 1961 ‒ November 09, 2007

Columbus and formerly of Lexington, Ohio

Pamela Sue “Pam” High, age 46, of Columbus and formerly of Lexington, went to be with the Lord on Friday evening, November 9, 2007, at the Kobacker House in Columbus following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on May 9, 1961, the daughter of Glenn and Joan (Tobin) High of Lexington. Pam graduated from Lexington High School in the Class of 1979.

Following high school, Pam attended the Ohio State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree of science in Home Economics in 1983. She persevered in her college education despite others doubts, all the while paying her own way through college.

For eighteen years, Pam worked as a supervisor and bill collection agent for Discover Card in New Albany. She also gave microwave cooking demonstrations at Sun TV.

With a love for showing sheep and cattle, Pam was a ten year member of the Morrow County 4-H Program and served as an administrative assistant with the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, where she instrumental in starting their lamb food pavilion at the Ohio State Fair. In 2005, she was awarded the distinguished service award by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association for her services to the sheep industry.

A woman of faith, Pam was a member of the Grace United Church of Christ in Columbus and formerly was a member of the Steam Corners United Methodist Church. Also, she was a member of the Wahneta Chapter #235 of the Eastern Star in Pataskala and formerly of the Evelyn Chapter #146.

Though she seemed stubborn at times, it would be more appropriate to say Pam was “determined.” When she made up her mind, she would fight all the way until her mission was accomplished refusing to quit. This was evident when she chose to swim in the waters of the Yukon in Alaska, despite battling cancer, and when she was questioned as to why she would put herself into those freezing cold waters; her response was simple, “you only live once.”

With her background in home ec., Pam loved to cook and often tried to invent her own recipes by tweaking others recipes. Also, she enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting, and had made many afghans and articles of clothing.

Pam loved to be surrounded by her many friends and family, and she adored her five nieces and nephews. Through it all, she loved the companionship of her canine friend, a miniature schnauzer she named “Rosie.”

She will be missed by her parents, two brothers and sisters-in-law: Roger and Holly High of Richwood, and their son Adam, David and Jodi High of McDermott and their children Trevor and Darby; one sister and brother-in-law: Wanda and David Berk of Upper Arlington and their daughters Rachel and Rebecca; two aunts: Delores and Dean Sherman of Fredericktown, and Ruth and Wayne Miller of Cary, North Carolina; and four uncles: Dwight High of Van Wert, Keith (Micki) High of Manchester, Pennsylvania, James Tobin of Waldo, and Eugene Frazier of Fredericktown.

Pam was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents: Dorris and Erma High; maternal grandparents: Ruth and Hoy Tobin; aunt: Jeannette Frazier; and an aunt-in-law: Janet High.

Her family will greet friends on Monday from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead, with Eastern Star services following at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held there on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. John Partridge and Rev. Ronald Hooker officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

A service celebrating Pam’s life well lived will be held at the Grace United Church of Christ, 1226 Shady Lane Rd, Columbus, on Sunday, November 18, 2007, at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Church of Christ, Ohio 4-H Foundation, and OSIA Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship and sent to the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.