April 3, 1957 ~ February 23, 2021

Born in: Fort Wayne, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Pamela Jean Elliott, one of God’s faithful servants, our family connector, and a friend to many was born on April 3, 1957 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After living a life of purpose and making a difference in the lives of others, Pamela transitioned back to her Creator on February 23, 2021.

Faithful Servant – 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”. Pamela began serving the Lord as a member of St Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. When she moved to Indianapolis, she continued serving in ministry as an active member of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church. Never one to sit, Pamela served as the Treasurer, Church Council Secretary, and was a current member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and President of the Ladies Guild. She was also the Co-Director of Rebecca’s Garden of Hope Tutoring and Mentoring Program which provides opportunities for children in grades K through 5 to improve their educational outcomes, enhance their social skills, establish lasting relationships, and share the love of Christ.

Pamela’s life of service was also exemplified during her 41 years of service at Indiana University. 31 of which, she was a devoted Indiana University School of Dentistry staff member having served as assistant to the associate dean of clinical affairs, clinics administrator, and patient advocate. She was a wonderful person and dedicated employee.

Family Connector – Making sure everyone in the family stayed connected was important to Pamela. Whether that meant researching our family’s genealogy; or sending monthly birthday text’s reminding everyone whose birthday was coming up so we could send birthday greetings. She also spearheaded organizing the April birthday celebration at a local restaurant because so many were born that month. Or was she the organizer because April was her birthday month – hmmmm! When it became difficult for everyone to get together on Thanksgiving, Pamela created Thanksgiving with a twist, and we celebrated the holiday the day after. She even organized future family cruises after one niece included a family cruise as part of her wedding celebration. Pamela’s love kept the family connected. Not only was she our rock, but she was also the baby girl and last Elliott woman in the family. She will be missed dearly as she had a different bond and connection with each family member. No matter what, when, or how she was always there.

Fun Loving Friend – Pamela loved having fun! She was the one who never passed up the opportunity to travel, to hit the dance floor, or get together. When she moved to Indianapolis, she became a member of the African American Singles, Inc. a group of professional singles who banded together to celebrate and support each other’s accomplishments. The group also sponsored events to contribute financially to nonprofits such as Sickle Cell Foundation. But her ride or die was Sandra. They met in 7th grade and reconnected Sophomore year in college. They did everything together and became known as Laverne (Pam) and Shirley (Sandra). So many of their memories include each other and they would not have it any other way!

Pamela was preceded in death by our parents, Thomas and Kresser Elliott, Sr.; her sisters Sandra Logan, Modora (Rodney) Wade and Jacqueline Woods, her sister-in-law, Marshall Franklin, and George Alexander (Uncle Jack). Pamela leaves to cherish her memory, her “Angel” Joya Wade of Indianapolis, IN, her brothers Theron (LaVeda) Franklin, Sr. of LaPorte, IN, Thomas (Jane) Elliott, Jr., Clarence Elliott, and Ronald (Catrina) Elliott, Sr. all of Fort Wayne, IN, and sister-in-law Mable Elliott-Taylor (Tennessee). She is also survived by Almedia Alexander (Aunt Meme), 16 nieces and nephews all who held a special place in her heart; 34 great nieces and nephews; 26 great-great nieces and nephews, her God son Isaiah Douglas, and her best friend from 7th grade Sandra (Richard) Wharton of Fort Wayne, IN.

Donations may be made in Pamela’s honor to either of two scholarship funds:

Indiana University School of Dentistry Diversity Dental Scholarship

Indiana University School of Dentistry

Attn.: John Hoffman, Development Dir.

1121 W. Michigan St., Rm. 104

Indianapolis IN 46202-5186

Or dropped off to Peppy Persey in the Dean’s Office at that same location.

Note on the memo line: Diversity-PJE
Make Checks Payable to: IU Foundation and note on the memo line: Diversity-PJE

To provide a scholarship in Pamela’s name at the Rebecca’s Garden of Hope chapter at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church

Rebecca’s Garden of Hope

2212 S. Chickasaw Trail Ste #114

Orlando, FL 32825

Services

Visitation: March 5, 2021 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Our Savior Lutheran Church
261 West 25th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208


Funeral Service: March 5, 2021 6:00 pm

Our Savior Lutheran Church
261 West 25th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208


Viewing: March 6, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ellis Funeral Home
1021 E. Lewis Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46803


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  1. Our hearts are absolutely broken in the passing of our dear sister, Pamela. She was not just a member at Our Savior, but she was a figure-head and instrumental in so many ways. We are going to miss her smile and her positive spirit, her willingness to always lend a helping hand. To say she was an amazing person does not seem like enough in trying to convey what she meant to us all. We lift up the family in prayers during this most difficult time. I send my deepest and most heartfelt condolences.

  2. My prayers of comfort and peace our with and for you. Pamela’s beautiful simile and pure heart is what I will always remember. I’m honored to have known her and called her friend for over 25 years! Truly good people!

  3. Pam was a truly good friend from Weisser Park Junior High school to South Side High School. I enjoyed the time you move into my neighborhood and at our class reunions. RIH and prayers for your family.

  4. Pam was a truly good friend from Weisser Park Junior High school to South Side High School. I enjoyed the time you move into my neighborhood and at our class reunions. RIH and prayers for your family.

  5. Words cannot express how much my husband, Alan & I will miss Pamela. Crystal Reef expressed in great detailwhss as t Pamela meant to us at Our Savior. I will add, Pamela was dedicated at her former job, her church and het friends. I also feel blessed to have had Pamela in my life. When our Mom passed Pamela brought paper goods, etc, over, she was tljust that type of person; I will really miss her😇🙏🏾🌹🌈

  6. Oh Pamela! I still can’t believe this news. My heart is breaking for your family. I imagine you lying peaceful in Jesus’ arms. You were one of the most dedicated employees that I have ever worked with. You would never ever say a negative word about anyone and I always admired that about you. You have impacted the lives of many people and I will never forget you, “Miss Elite”.

  7. Rest easy my friend. I will never forget our Zumba Days after work…lol. I miss seeing you coming and going through the hallways of IUSD. You always had a bright spirit that shined. Rest easy in the arms of the Lord. To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord.

  8. Miss Pamela I can never thank you enough for your thoughtfulness, optimism and compassion. I hope that I let you know how much I appreciated having you as friend. Heaven has definitely welcomed an angel.

  9. To Joya and the rest of the family,
    May God comfort you at this time as only He can. His Word reminds us in 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

    Stand on His word and trust in His unchanging love. Christ Jesus is the gift that gives her the ability to live with Him for eternity and the power of His Holy Spirit has prepared her for this special time. May you be comforted in the knowledge that God is always in control and Pamela is now resting in His loving arms. She will be missed.

  10. I feel so blessed to have known Ms. Pam. I worked with her through the Rebecca’s Garden of Hope Tutoring Program.
    What an amazing collaborator and partner with a true investment in our children’s academic success. She was so warm and so serious at the same time and I loved that! She will be missed and I pray her family allows God to wrap His arms around them during this time.

  11. To the Family of Our Dear Pamela Elliott,
    Our hearts are saddened at the loss of our sister Pamela. Please know the same God that moved mountains and parted seas is watching over Pamela now. We will miss her at Our Savior and RGOH and will work hard to fill one of her awesome shoes.
    God Bless you all,
    Ruby Clayton
    Our Savior Lutheran Church
    Rebecca’s Garden of Hope (RGOH)

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