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Pamela Bright

March 20, 1949 — September 7, 2023

Pamela Ann Bright passed away on September 7, 2023, at the age of 74, after a short illness at Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, Georgia.  She was surrounded by family and friends when she left this world.


Pamela was born on March 20, 1949, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of the late Raymond and Geraldine Shanks.  She graduated from Xenia High School in 1967, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. Pam attended Miami University (Ohio) prior to becoming a licensed paralegal and budget analyst for the United States Air Force from 1982 to 2011. Pam was awarded the United States Air Force Outstanding Civilian Career Service Medal upon her retirement from the 97th Logistics and Readiness Squadron at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma due to her exceptional conduct and achievement throughout her career. After Pam retired, she moved to Acworth, Georgia, to be near her family.


Whenever she had a chance, she enjoyed traveling.   She was a seasoned traveler, visiting throughout the United States and Europe.  Her favorite places were Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Her most treasured place to visit was Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands – she loved the beautiful tulips.  


Pam is remembered as a talented baker, cook, woodworker, quilter, basket maker, and, of course, for her “Pam-isms.”  In her retirement, she enjoyed gardening and birdwatching.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and Abby, her plump tabby cat.


Pamela was preceded in death by her parents.  She is survived by her children Benjamin Black (Denise) and Aubree Kleinsasser (Jacob); her sisters Lorena Gray (Irving); Nancy Hess (Joe Brohas) and Kathy Mixon (John).  Grandchildren Madison Calderon (Enmanuel), Ethan Black, and Brendan Black.


Services celebrating Pam's life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at Poole Funeral Home in Woodstock, Georgia.  There will also be a private memorial service on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, Ohio.


Pam supported the military and cared deeply for those who came home broken from their service; as such, in lieu of flowers, please donate in Pam’s name to the Wounded Warriors Project or Veterans Advocacy Services.


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