Pamela D. Smith

September 25, 1964August 3, 2018

Pamela Denise Smith, 53, of Pearl, Mississippi went to be with the Lord on August 3, 2018 in Vicksburg, MS.

Pam was born in Jackson, Mississippi on September 25, 1964 to Audella and Archie Rutland. She attended Pearl High School and graduated from Phillips College. She worked for many years at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. She loved her family and her puppies and enjoyed spending time with them.

Pam is survived by her son, Zachary Grippando; sister, Deborah Thrash; brother, Greg Rutland; and nieces, Shea Wigley, Jennifer Pettit, and Carey Booth. She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her son, Josh Grippando.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl, Mississippi. A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Rutland Cemetery in Mt. Olive, Mississippi.


  • Visitation Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, August 6, 2018

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Shiela Grippando

August 5, 2018

My first memories of Pam are of when she moved across the street from us in South Jackson. We were four I believe or just turned five. I can still see her yelling across the street for me to come play with her. Her mama curled her waist length hair in ringlets for church. There was always gospel coming from the windows. Pam's smile was infectious even back then. Her kind, gentle ways were ever evident.

My parents and family fell in love with her and opened their home to her when she married my brother. She was always a member of our family as were her family members.

God bless her. I know she had many people greeting her and leading her home as she was leaving this world. I'm praising God for having known her and having had her in my family. We were all the more richer for it. Amen.

Nicole Maranto

August 5, 2018

Pam was a very kind, laid back, and loving friend. Pam was always talking about Zac (son), Deborah( her sister), Shea( niece), and her great nephew. Oh how she loved her fur babies, and trips to the beach. Pam always worried about everyone else more than she did taking care of herself. Pam often spoke of her mama and how she felt that she left earth to early. Pam and I would often listen to some gospel songs because she said it made her think of her mom. Pam was a great listener and gave some good advice to me. Pam was one of kind and I will greatly miss her.