Pamela Winifred Smith
Pamela Winifred Smith
Pamela Winifred Smith, Hancock, MN, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, while visiting family in Pune, India. Pam was born on February 2, 1936 in Bombay, India to Richard and Beatrice Smith. Pam grew up in India, was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. She graduated from St. Peter's High School, Bombay, India. She started working in a cod liver oil plant and did secretarial work when she was recommended by a church member to become a governess for the grandchildren of Vijay Laxmi Pandit, first woman president of the United Nations General Assembly, and sister of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. This took her to London, Washington DC, and Lebanon. She then became the housekeeper and companion to prominent surgeon, Dr. & Mrs. Anthony Lettiere, Trenton, NJ. After their deaths, Pamela then resided with and cared for their daughter, Patricia, and her husbands, Mr. Walter McGowen (Ambassador to India), and Dr. Rolf Altschul (Professor of Chemistry at Sarah Lawrence College, New York). Pamela enjoyed her 36 years living between Trenton, NJ and 405 E. 56th St. in Manhattan, New York. She formed many treasured friendships there. In 2006, Pamela retired and moved to Hancock, MN, to live with her nephew, Julius and his family. Pamela loved dogs, especially her dogs Tarzan, Poppy, Happy, and Snickers. She also loved children and spending time with family and friends. Pam was a very kind hearted and loving person and treasured all the relationships she formed over the years. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. Pam was 81 at the time of her death. A funeral service was held on June 23, 2017, at St. Paul's Anglican Church, in Pune, India.
Pamela is survived by her sister, Iris Miller, and brother, Charles Smith, both of Pune, India; her nephew and godson, Rev. Julius (Marla) Miller, Hancock, MN; her niece Vera (Karl) Johnson, Atlanta, GA; her niece Marilyn (Russell) Newby, Pune, India; her grandnephew, Justin Miller, Philadelphia, PA; her grandniece, Nadine Miller, Hancock, MN.
Pamela was preceded in death by her parents and her very dear friends Dr. Rolf and Patricia Altschul, Mr. Walter McGowen, Dr. & Mrs. Lettiere, and Mr. Lee Reynolds.
PSALM 23 : The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me along the path of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.