Pamela Mae Whitcombe was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, friend and grandmother. Pam passed away on August 13, 2021 at the age of 73 after complications of a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis. Pam‘s love for life won't end with her passing. Her friends and family will continue her legacy of kindness and generosity by living their lives to the fullest, just as she did.
Pamela was born in Buffalo, New York on May 24,1948 to Fred and Gloria Allein of Batavia and was dearly loved by her grandparents Harold and Frieda Athoe, also of Batavia.
Throughout her childhood, Pam traveled the world; living with her family in Illinois, Germany, and California, where she graduated from Lompoc High School near Santa Barbara. After high school, she returned to Batavia and attended Genesee Community College to study English. When she completed her program, one of Pam’s "claim to fame" was that she was the first-ever graduate of Genesee Community College. Although this honor was unique, the most significant experience that shaped her life during these years was a chance encounter with a handsome and determined young man, David Whitcombe. Pam and Dave's courtship was one for the ages and the two were married on August 2,1969 at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Batavia. Their beautiful love story set the bar for their three sons, Richard, Jeffery, and Ryan. Pam’s love for her family was unsurpassed and all-consuming. To say that they were the light of her life would be an understatement. She built a home filled with laughter, love, and warmth. This home was the "place to be" and she made everyone who visited feel like family. She was the ultimate nurturer and made sure that your belly and heart were full when you left her. Although Pam enjoyed loud, boisterous, and action-packed events with friends and family, one of Pam‘s greatest pleasures was to enjoy a Sunday dinner with her husband and boys. Each of the boys grew to become kind, thoughtful, and generous just like their mom. And just when Pam thought her life couldn’t get any better, she was blessed with four grandchildren who are a reflection of Pam‘s finest qualities- Andrew's sincerity and genuineness, Noah's compassionate heart, Cora's exuberant personality, and Charlotte who is the center of every room she is in, just like Pam.
In addition to raising a beautiful family with her husband, Pam was devoted to her community. She served as the first Student Government Secretary of Genesee Community College, was the Manager of the former Genesee Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, and was the owner and operator of The Clinton Street Greenhouse and served on numerous Boards and Committees.
All of us who knew and loved Pam have broken hearts but are able to find tremendous joy and comfort in the fact that we were blessed to be a part of her life, even if the time we had was not enough. She was an angel walking among us and changed the lives of everyone she met.
Pam was predeceased by her father, Fred Allein and her son, Richard Whitcombe. She is survived by her mother, Gloria Allein, husband David Whitcombe, sons Jeffery (Shannon) Whitcombe, Ryan Whitcombe (fianceé Meghan Dwyer), daughter-in-law Becky Whitcombe, sister, Gloria (Bob) Chapman, brother, James (Cheryl) Allein, her grandchildren, Andrew Whitcombe, Noah Whitcombe, Cora Whitcombe, Charlotte Whitcombe, her nieces and nephews Brent (Judy) Chapman, Rebecca (Matt) Roggow, Robert (Molly) Chapman, Abby Allein, Alyssa Allein, Braden Allein and countless other beloved family and friends.
Pam's family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 4-7pm at The H.E. Turner and Co. Funeral Home, located at 403 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 11:00am at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, located at 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020. Donations can be made in Pam‘s memory to The Arthritis Foundation of Buffalo, 462 Evans Street Buffalo, New York 14221 or to Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020.
"I will love...you forever."