Pamela Denise Smith (née Long) passed away on July 26, 2021 in Overland Park, KS. She was born on July 17, 1955 in Concord, California to R.L. Long and Rita (Freeman) Long.
She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, David, her mother Rita Long of Cave City Ar. and 3 devoted children; Stacey of Kansas City, MO, Amanda of Denver, CO and Matt and his wife Ashley of Wichita, KS along with two grandchildren Creighton 8 and Harrison 2, who were the center of her life.
Pam’s siblings were Bobby Long (deceased), Sharon Gilliam of Black Rock, AR, Shelia Long (deceased), and Waymon Long of Batesville, AR. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who looked to her as their second grandmother.
She attended Strawberry High School in Strawberry, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, David, on October 30, 1970. Pam was kind, caring, and generous. She never met a stranger and made everyone feel special. She loved to sew, cook, and to entertain. Pam was also the most thoughtful person. She loved children so much and as a result, she was known as an honorary aunt and grandma to so many who will miss her dearly. She always put her family first and loved getting them together. Her all-time favorite pastime was being a Naynay and spending time with and spoiling her grandbabies. She was incredibly excited to be baptized on July 18, 2021. She leaves a request that all who knew her celebrate her life.
A visitation will be held Friday, July 30 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Porter Funeral Home 8535 Monrovia in Lenexa, KS.
A visitation will also be held Tuesday, August 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at The Church of Christ in Strawberry, AR.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 4 at 10:00 AM at the Mount Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell, AR with a graveside service at Lancaster Cemetery in Strawberry, AR immediately following. Arrangements are by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.