Pamela M.T. Smitherman

  • Born: November 23, 1970
  • Died: January 15, 2019
  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

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Cincinnati, OH 45229

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Pamela MT Smitherman

Message From The Family

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Smitherman, Pamela M.T, beloved wife of Christopher E.C. Smitherman, devoted mother of Christopher E.C., Malcolm E.C., Isaac E.C., Caleb E.C.and Camille D.P. Smitherman. Passed Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Age 48 years. Funeral Service on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Allen Temple AME Church, 7030 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45237. Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Allen Temple AME Church. Burial at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Oh. In lieu of flowers, send donations to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 200 W 4th St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 payable to the Pamela M.T. Smitherman Scholarship Fund Special online condolences for family and friends may be expressed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

As time approaches nine months since Pamela passed from this earth, about the same time it took for her to arrive on this earth, I offer these words of thanks to my five Smitherman Grandchildren and my Son-in-law Christopher, for the love and devotion shown to her while she was in your lives. Pam would be happy remembering whenever you demonstrated her famous teaching that "Love is a Verb." May you all continue to do so in your future.

To the Smitherman relatives and extended Smitherman Family, I say a special "Mahalo" which is "Thank You!" in Hawaiian for your support and service providing whatever and whenever needs were made known. You loved Pamela through action.

To ALL those friends, acquaintances, neighbors and co-workers who participated in every way to assist with Pamela's care, both during and after her illness, I extend my sincerest gratitude! You truly lived through action the phrase "If there is anything I can do..." and did not wait to deliver love as dinner, errands, supplies, visits, etc.

This note is to forever remind us, Pamela's Family, how we were showered with blessings because "Love is a VERB."

Pamela, we continually miss your presence and light in our world. You are forever remembered in love. Mom

Posted by Michele BANKS - DeLAND, FL   September 11, 2019

So sad to learn of her passing today on WLW listening to Christopher talking to Bill Cunningham. As a widow myself, your words and thoughts were truly spoken from your heart, from the love you have ...and always will have, for Pamela. You will never stop loving her. You will always feel married to her, because you are in your heart and mind. You are NORMAL!!! Much love to all of your family!!! Sincerely, Lora M. Walker, your unknown friend who cares, from Wilmington Ohio,

Posted by Walker - Wilmington, OH - Friend   March 08, 2019

I first met Pam immediately after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I arranged for a surgery within days, with the hope that removal of the instigating source for her antibodies affecting her movement would help improve her quality of life and treat the cancer. Alas, the damage had been done and her immune system which tried valiantly to protect her, turned on her in a rare and unexpected fashion.

Pamela's grace in dealing with her fate, her strong faith, and her family are an inspiration to us all. She remains an inspiration to me as I go forward.

Dr. Beth Shaughnessy

Posted by Elizabeth Shaughnessy - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   February 19, 2019

I got to know Pamela through being swim team moms. She was generous and kind, no nonsense and wryly funny. When I took over her position as volunteer coordinator, she sat me down in October to teach me the tasks for the next May. She passed down an incredible amount of knowledge and also supported me as I tried to do right by her. She was a true teacher through and through. Her commitment to her kids' activities was legendary. Her friendship, kindness, thoughtfulness and unique way of being in the world will be missed.

Posted by Cassie Niemann - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   February 08, 2019

Pamela Michele, my first born, answer to prayer for a petite and feminine daughter. You blessed my life with your smile, your love, your joy. You became a doting sister to Tracy Irene, teaching her to swim, braid hair and to be fearless in all things. I will remember how you shared my love of sewing and surpassed my skills by age 14. You became an Eagle with outstretched arms covering your five arrows in a quiver full...your children. You lived your love for Jesus by honoring your marriage vows with devoted husband, Christopher and showing us how to Trust God's Sovereignty by Faith to your final breath. The light of your presence will be vividly missed by your loved ones and friends. I was privileged to be your Mom!

Posted by Michele Banks - Brandon, FL   February 03, 2019

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2019

Pam will be greatly missed. She was a remarkable woman. I knew Pam through my oldest son, Joseph. Joseph and Malcom were on the same soccer team at Walnut and Kings Hammer. My family and I want to extend our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family.

Posted by Sherlyn Conrad - Cincinnati, OH - Family Friend   January 27, 2019

Christopher, I was so sorry to hear of Pamela's passing. Although I didn't know her well, I know that you shared a love so strong that she will be with you always. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.


Crystal Burnett

Posted by Crystal Burnett - Akron, OH - Friend   January 26, 2019

Pamela Smitherman- May you Rest In Peace. You were such a beautiful woman and will truly be missed. Thank you for all you have done for CPS.

Posted by Morgan Miller - Cincinnati, OH - Student   January 26, 2019

Dear Vice Mayor Smitherman, word's cannot express how deeply sorry for you and your family's loss of your wife Pamela. I know death has .o sorrow that heaven (GOD) cannot heal. I have never met you, but, I know the pain of losing someone that you love so very much. My prayer's are with you and your five children. Cincinnati weeps with you...Peace

Posted by Juanette Campbell - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 26, 2019

May God surround your family With love, strength and warmth.

Posted by Dj Key - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 26, 2019

I only met Pamela after she became ill, but even in sickness, her strength, faith and love for her family came through. I was privileged to be able to tell her story with Sharon Coolidge for the Cincinnati Enquirer. The love everyone felt for her came through in the many photographs I took. Rest in peace Pamela. You will never be forgotten.

Posted by Liz Dufour - Cincinnati, OH   January 26, 2019

May God's peace and his strength console Chris and the Smitherman Family. My prayer is for strength and a strong bond of Love that passes all understanding for now and evermore.

Posted by Keith Jenkins - Cincinnati, OH   January 26, 2019

May the grace and peace of God be with the Smitherman family during your time of bereavement. Know that our prayers are with you.

Posted by Charles Dobbins - WESTERVILLE, OH - Classmate   January 25, 2019

Pam was a strong and fierce mother. We shared talks as swim moms and fellow CPS educators. I admired how she was focused and warm in how she guided and nurtured her children. Her leadership and giving heart will be missed. Prayers and grace to her family and friends.

Posted by Kami Hill - Cincinnati, OH - Acquaintance   January 25, 2019

I met Pam at CLinton Hills Swim Club. She was one of the strong women running our swim team volunteers. Pam trained me as a Swim Team Volunteer. I was in awe of her organization and we worked well together. I learned so much from her leadership and calm voice that gained respect and quiet at clerk of course. I admired her strict and gentle parenting style and her ability to manage a large family. I had the priveledge to get to know her family even better while she was Ill and enjoyed our visits. I will miss you Pam but the lessons you taught me will stay forever.

Posted by Tricia Renneker - Cincinnati - Friend   January 25, 2019

Christopher, my heart has been aching for you and your children. I expect Dan messaged you and we'll be unable to honor Pamela at the services tomorrow, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you. All of you have fought so very bravely and have been an example for us all about honoring our wedding vows and dying with dignity. I so hope that despite your public position that you will take the time to recover from this enormous loss in whatever way you need. May God bless all of you now and as you find a new way to be a family.

Posted by Becky Regenold - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 25, 2019

I grew up with Pam, she was one of the smartest kids in a class of over a thousand. Ill always think of her wearing her signature pigtails, saying something totally brilliant, unique and often hilarious despite her generally serious outward persona. We all loved her. I lost track of her in college days but was so happy to hear that shed become a teacher. Passing on everything she had to the next generation with wit and acumen unparalleled Im certain. It felt like a perfect match. I am heartbroken for her family. Sending love and condolences.

Posted by Megan Dyer - New York City, NY - friend   January 25, 2019

My prayers are with you and your family at this time of great sadness and loss.

Posted by A friend   January 25, 2019

So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and strength in God's loving word's found at 1Pet 5:10

Posted by A friend   January 25, 2019

Sorry to hear of Pam's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Jim and Jeff

Posted by Jim Reynolds - Cincinnati, OH - Neighbor   January 25, 2019

I can still see us standing in the hallway after school talking about our day. Through our talks, we learned that we had so much in common with one another. I'm really going to miss You Mrs. Smitherman.

Posted by Marlene McGlothin - Cincinnati, OH - Coworker   January 24, 2019

Dear Pam,
I am so sad to hear your passing! I hope you could hear me in Heaven. As a neighbor, friend and a NAM parent, you dont know how you touched me and my life as a mom and community member. I started knowing you back then when Christopher came to my house one night to support the Chinese Chamber I co-founded at that time as a City Council Member. I want to let you know that your leadership, your strength and more unforgettably your smile will always inspire me in the future. RIP and you deserve it!

Posted by Xiaojie "Shau" Zavon - Cincinnati - Neighbor   January 24, 2019

Ms. Smitherman has been a valuable parent to North Avondale Montessori School for 20 plus years. I have had know Ms. Smitherman for 9 years and have appreciated her contributions to our school. She will be missed by the NAM Community.


Principal Roger R. Lewis

Posted by Roger Lewis Lewis - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 24, 2019

I was so sad to hear of Pam's passing. I worked for Albert years ago and had the pleasure of meeting Pam when I was helping Chris campaign on Election Day. She was very kind and helpful. The think I noticed most was her smile. She was always smiling. Chris, please know I will have you and your family in my prayers.

Posted by Shannon Storm-Sieg - Cincinnati, OH - Acquaintance   January 23, 2019

Pamela is the example of what all great mothers, teachers and what a friend is. The world has tears when she passed and a giant hole in it's heart. RIP and God Speed Pamela. You are dearly missed each minute of every day.

Posted by Jim Kiefer - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 23, 2019

Our condolences to you and your family. I did not know your wife personally, but I did meet you once walking down the street in Cincinnati. I asked to take a picture with you and you were more than willing to do so. Much love and respect for you and your family.

Posted by Reverend Paul Lampkin - Union, KY - Friend   January 22, 2019

Pam was "mom goals" in human form. When we were starting out as a family new to swim team at Clinton Hills, I remember literally standing in awe of her. She had a very rare combination of leadership and grace, of poise and power. (It's no coincidence you can see these same traits in her children.) Through it all, the love she had for her family really just dripped off of her. You could see it. It was something real and visible. Pam will sorely be missed by all who loved her and all who looked up to her.

Much love to all who grieve her loss and celebrate her life.

The Schneider Family

Posted by Carri Schneider - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 22, 2019


Praying for your beautiful family during this time. You will always be remembered as a kind, loving light for our Cleveland Heights Tiger Nation Family. The Class of 88 will keep you in our hearts forever.

Posted by Lisa M. Hunt - Cleveland Heights, OH - classmate   January 22, 2019

Our hearts prayers and love are with our family.
May loving and beautiful memories for a beautiful soul comfort you~ and our Lords grace and love be with you.

Posted by Mr and Mrs Otis G, Smith Sr. - Simpsonville, SC - Family   January 22, 2019

What an amazing woman and life well-lived, as mirrored in her children - then, now and in the future. Praying for you all in the days ahead - for healing and for strength. Rest in peace, Pamela, you've most certainly earned it.

Posted by Kim Geoppinger - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 22, 2019

Prayers to the Smitherman Family. When I think of Pamela I think of a kind, dedicated, organized woman. A leader. A community member. A teacher. Pamela modeled a way to be mother, volunteer, family...she touched more than she knew. My family is blessed to have known her.

Posted by Eunice Ravenna - Friend   January 22, 2019

Pamela,praying for your dear family,until your reunited on Heavens beautiful shore.RIP you've made it no more tears brave lady.

Posted by Ron Singleton - Winchester, OH   January 22, 2019

Pam, I will always remember your gentle guiding spirit when I was a new and very confused swim team mom. You were patiently guided me through my initiation and gave me confidence to help out our community. You will be missed by all who came in contact with you.

Posted by kristen fryer - Cincinnati, OH - Acquaintance   January 22, 2019

Just saw this first thing this morning. I've know Pam since grade school at Noble Elementary, in Cleveland Heights. She was always so sweet and we shared a love of reading. I got her hooked on the "Anne of Green Gables" series in 6th grade. All my thoughts and prayers are with her family during this time.

Posted by Dawn Brannon - AUSTIN, TX - friend   January 22, 2019

Dear Pamela, Your Leadership, kindness and courage will always be remembered. I have always admired you as a mother and friend. My family and I will miss you dearly.

Posted by Heather Herr - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 22, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Sweet spirit will always be remembered

Posted by Dr Marcietta Coleman - classmate   January 21, 2019

Pam was an awesome high school classmate, coworker and friend. She was a beautiful soul inside and out. My deepest sympathy to her family.

Posted by Darrell Staples - Roswell, GA - Classmate   January 21, 2019

My Dear Niece, Pamela
I have so many precious memories of you! I Took you to get your ears pierced and your first pair of earrings when you came to visit me in California. You were such a precious little girl then.
I remember that I was the first family member to hold Christopher when I was in Cleveland.
I remember taking you to the ocean and telling you to hit that water back because it rolled over your little feet.
I am so sad that you are gone but I am so happy that you are now in Heaven and in the loving arms of Jesus.

Watch over your family and let them know that you will always be with them in their hearts. No more pain, only happiness in Heaven with Jesus.

Posted by Sheryl Yancey - Queen Creek, AZ - Family   January 21, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Linda Lenzi - Wintersville, OH - Family Friend   January 21, 2019

Her love for her family and community showed in all his did. Her strength in character has passed on to each one of her children and all that knew her. She may not be with us in person, but she is with us in spirit.

Posted by Nicole Reblando - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   January 21, 2019

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