In Loving

Pamela S. Ericson

March 29, 1955 – June 24, 2022

Pamela Smith Ericson, 67, of Mechanicsville, VA, went to be with her Lord and savior on Friday, June 24, 2022.

She was born to William and Virginia Heflin Smith on March 29, 1955 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education in March 1976.  In April 1976 she married 2nd Lieutenant Carl Ericson, U.S. Marine Corps, and faithfully supported his military career until retirement in 1994.  She taught preschool for several years until the birth of their son, Miles. She then devoted her life to being a mother and grandmother.  Pam loved to serve her Lord Jesus by mentoring younger women and teaching children’s Sunday School.  She was a member of River City Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.

Pam is survived by her husband, Carl; son Miles Ericson (Sonia); granddaughters Naomi and Lydia; brother Bradley Smith (Tracey); nieces Brandy Cerny, Allison Barker (Mike) and Shannon Bosson (Emanuel); nephews Nick Cerny (Lindsey) and William Smith; and several great nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Frank Smith; and sister Barbara Cerny.

A committal service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 8 at Quantico National Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at the International Mission Board 3806 Monument Ave., Richmond Virginia 23230. Dress is casual and a reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Samaritan’s Purse Children’s Heart Project/13687 at

Graveside Service


Quantico National Cemetery


Friday, July 8, 2022


10:30 AM

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Celebration of Life Service


International Mission Board


Saturday, July 9, 2022


1:00 P.M.

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  1. Pat Von harten June 27, 2022 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    A beautiful lady inside & out. I miss her already. She was a blessing to me.

    • Willis June 27, 2022 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      A life well lived in service and honor of our saviour Jesus Christ, with whom she now gets to live for all eternity in true heavenly bliss, joy, and peace.
      I look forward to that when we shall all behold Him in singleness of heart.

  2. Heather Robinson June 27, 2022 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    What a treasure of a life, and oh to think of the magnificent homecoming celebration in your new home with Him! Hallelujah for His love displayed so beautifully in this precious sister!

  3. Timothy June 27, 2022 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    I am looking forward to our reunion one day soon with my precious sister in faith. Carl, you and your family are in my prayers as you continue to walk this trail. Seller Fidelis in Jesus our Faithful Captain.

  4. Donna Lilley and Doris Gump June 28, 2022 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Her life truly was a reflection of a life lived for the glory of God. I admired her faith and beautiful attitude of gratitude. Lifting the family in love and prayers.

  5. Susan Wunderlich June 28, 2022 at 9:42 am - Reply

    She was a true reflection of Jesus to anyone that met her. I treasure her joy, gratefulness and praise of Him. Happy for her but the world lost a prayer warrior and faithful servant of God Most High, and I lost one of my best friends. Thank you God, thank you Pam.

  6. Ryan June 28, 2022 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Pam was such a great encouragement to me, my wife, and my family. She was a prayer warrior and exuded a love for Jesus that was precious to see. When around Pam, you felt peace, joy, loved and cared for. While I grieve her passing I also rejoice knowing that she is walking with Jesus and she has a perfect body and worshiping our King and Savior!

  7. Barbara Hill June 29, 2022 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Pam was a shining light for Jesus. She loved and served the Lord with all her heart, with all her soul, with all her strength, and with all her mind. I lost my dearest and best friend, but I take great comfort that she is with her Lord and Savior and I will be reunited with her in heaven.

  8. Debby Allen June 29, 2022 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    2 Timothy4:7. Pam finished the race, she kept the faith, she went through the glorious contest of life, running the race and guarding the faith. I will remember her as a devoted wife and mother, cherished friend who mentored me and others in our Christian walk. Paul and I have so many memories and blessed to have known her.

  9. Beth Hamilton June 30, 2022 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Grieving with you at this difficult time. Pam was such a special lady. She always shined with the light of Christ. She will be missed.

  10. Lucinda Lorei June 30, 2022 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. Pam was a great encouragement to me during the time she attended New Life in Christ. I will pray for her family during this sad time.

  11. Pam July 4, 2022 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Pam is a great friend and encourager. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven. Carl, praying that the Lord comforts you in your heart of hearts, as only He can. He knows how you feel. He is an ever-present help. I know Pam stepped in to her eternal home hearing, “ Well done, good & faithful servant”.

  12. Cox Robin July 15, 2022 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    to know Pam was to love her. I will miss her on this earth but oh my goodness how many she affected with her joyous laughter, steadfast love for our Lord, and willingness to suffer affliction if it meant she would be closer to knowing Him. Such a brave lady. Such a shining example of how to live out His promises. I know she is in our Father’s arms, rejoicing and free of pain.

  13. Julie Dameron PAC September 4, 2022 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I was very saddened by the news that Pam had passed away… I will always remember her as a beam of light coming into my office …so gracious so thankful and always with a beautiful smile on her face. Heaven has gained another incredible angel!

  14. Sue Kennedy September 16, 2022 at 8:41 am - Reply

    I met Pam in1991 or 1992 in Okinawa, Japan. Both of our husbands were stationed there.
    She was a wonderful teacher and encourager. As I learned how to home school my 2 boys in a foreign land, she was a special friend who always had a word of wisdom from the Word of God! I’m sure she will be missed and I give thanks for the wonderful memories that she left with us.

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