Pamela Ryder Thrasher
28 May, 1954 – 15 April, 2021
PAMELA RYDER THRASHER 1954 – 2021
Pam Thrasher, loving wife, beloved mother, and Grammi went to be with her Savior on Thursday afternoon, April 15th, 2021 at the age of 66. After a long, courageous battle with ALS, she has received her ultimate healing.
Pam was born in 1954 in Tampa, Florida, to Walter and Gladys Ryder and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She grew up in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and placed her trust in Jesus at the age of nine. She remained faithful to His call throughout her lifetime. Pam attended West End High School where her joyful laugh and beautiful red hair caught the attention of a young man who became the love of her life. Pam and Randy married in 1972 as students at the University of Alabama, and faithfully loved and served one another for almost 49 years. Pam and Randy moved from Birmingham to Gaithersburg, Maryland, and later settled in Marietta, Georgia in 1985.
Pam became very accomplished in genealogy and interior decorating. She found great joy in hosting numerous showers, teas, receptions and special events. She was known for bringing beauty to the ordinary and for making any occasion a special celebration. She humbly and graciously served others.
Pam served as a leader in Bible Study Fellowship and hosted and participated in neighborhood Bible studies for many years. She was a member of the Fielding Lewis Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and last served in the position of Historian. She served on the board of Paradise Mountain Ministries with the mission of providing college education and housing to the children of foreign missionaries. Pam was an active member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.
Pam believed her highest calling, joy, and legacy was seeing all her children and grandchildren walking in the ways of the Lord. She prayed diligently for this outcome and God granted the desires of her heart.
Pam is preceded in death by her father, Walter T. Ryder. She is survived by her husband Randy; her three children, Todd (Whitney) Thrasher, Chad (Mandy) Thrasher and Kimberly (Miller) Chalk; and her eight grandchildren, Anna, Brooks, Jackson, Hadley, Reese, Ryder, Nathanael, and Eleanora; her mother, Gladys Craig Belew, her sisters, Lynda (Fred) Brannon and Sharon Pearson and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes you to donate in Pam’s honor to Paradise Mountain Ministries, (78 Paradise Drive, Toccoa, GA 30577) www. paradisemtn.org.
The family would like to thank the Emory ALS Center; Amedisys Home Health Care; and Encompass Hospice for their exceptional care and support.
- Paradise Mountain Ministries
Celebration of Life Memorial Service
Friday, 30 April , 2021
Pamela Ryder Thrasher
9 May 2021
Pam's service chas been posted here: https://youtu.be/yM2gMnR732s
2 May 2021
Randy, so many good memories of our times together with you and Pam in the Moreland Sunday School class! Sharon and I are saddened to hear about the loss of Pam. Praying for you and your family and that God will give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Sonny and Sharon
27 April 2021
Dear Thrasher family,
We were your backyard neighbors in PC subdivision many years ago. I was so sorry to read that Pam had ALS. Coincidentally, my brother died the same day of ALS. It is such a dreadful disease. Prayers for your family.
19 April 2021
Pam was beautiful inside and out. She spread love, joy, and a warmth that few possess. What a godly wife, mom, friend, and servant for Christ.
Randy and family, our hearts hurt for you and we'll be praying for sweet peace.
19 April 2021
PAM’S SIGNATURE WAS LAUGHING AND SMILING. SHE GUIDED GENTLY AS I WATCHED HER MOTHER HER THREE BLESSINGS AS CHILDREN. SHE TOOK GRANDMOTHERING OF 8 TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL. HER LIFE PLANS WERE INTERRUPTED BY GOD’S PLANS. PAM LEFT A FOOTPRINT FOR CHRIST IN THE LIFE OF FAMILY FRIENDS AND OTHERS THAT WILL ALLOW HER TO LIVE ON.
18 April 2021
Randy, so sorry to learn about Pam. Hope you are holding up OK in this very difficult time. Take comfort knowing she is free from pain and rejoicing at the feet of the Lord.