Beaver ‘touched thousands of lives’
Bellwood woman remembered for her commitment to serving others
BELLWOOD — A community advocate who “lit up the room” with her smile, Pam Beaver was fondly remembered Friday by friends and family as someone who liked to help out, but also liked to keep a low profile.
“Pam was really a behind-the-scenes person who did far more than most would know. She never wanted anyone to know what she had done,” said David Taylor, executive director of The Door. “She has touched thousands of lives through the giving that she did.”
Pamela Jo Beaver, 57, of Bellwood, died Wednesday.
Beaver and her husband, Donny, were instrumental in starting The Door in 1998, a home-like environment for at-risk teenagers after school.
“Several times we almost had to close,” Taylor said. “Pam and Donny would do anything they could do; they did some significant giving to keep us afloat.”
Beaver’s love of people and the community were an integral part of her daily life, said George Palmer, founder and president of Frontline Ministries, which opened The Door.
“Pam was an effervescent source of joy, passion and compassion with a deep love for family, friends, children and members of the community,” Palmer said. “She cared very deeply for the work that we did with an emphasis on the service element.”
Beaver was very involved with the Precious Life organization, serving as Single-Mom Maternity Home Board president.
“Pam lit up the room. She had a million-dollar smile and a personality that reached out to people. Her insights were always on point,” said Scott Manganella, founder and executive director. “She had a great heart for people. She had a knack for identifying needs and finding a way to meet those needs. She had a tremendous impact on our meetings.”
Beaver was an active member of Hillside Community Church.
“Pam Beaver was a friendly, outgoing, generous person with genuine care for others,” said Pastor Ken Beichler. “Jesus once told his disciples that if they wanted to be great, they needed to serve. Pam was a real servant.”
For example, Beaver headed up the church’s ministry of taking meals to people who just got out of the hospital, sang in the church choir, sang on the worship team, served in the nursery and served as a greeter. She and Donny were part of the church’s first mission trip to Honduras to help build a church in the town of LaVenta.
“Pam was an active and faithful part of Hillside Community Church and will be greatly missed,” Beichler said.
Jennifer Wright was a longtime close friend. She said Pam and Donny introduced her to her husband, Jeff, about 30 years ago.
“She was a fierce and loyal friend. She was an example of a Godly Christian woman. She was a prayer warrior and very helpful to others. Her giving spirit always reached out. She did things behind the scenes and helped everyone with needs. She always wanted to help others,” Wright said. “Pam always saw the good in others. She was someone you could trust and confide in. She was a wonderful person, a great servant to others, an amazing person. She was kind, compassionate and had a smile for everybody. She was always happy and more concerned about you than herself.”
Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hillside Community Church and from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service Tuesday at the church.
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 814-946-7467.