Pamela Jean (Jones) Matthews was born on March 31, 1953 to Patricia Vernel (Jones) Epps of Jersey City, New Jersey. Pam was blessed to be raised by her loving grandparents, Vernal and Amelia Jones along with her devoted mother Patricia, Aunts Deanna, Esther, Charlyce and Evelyn (Mikki) and Uncles Vernal Jr., Ronald, and Gregory.
Pamela was a member of Metropolitan AME Zion Church for over forty years serving in the Young People’s Choir as a young child with her aunts and later as an adult on the Senior Usher Board. She was a devoted member of Metropolitan AME Zion church following in the footsteps of three generations of the Jones family. It was in this church that she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior
Pamela was a lifelong resident of Jersey City and received her formal education in the Jersey City Public School system, attending PS# 12 and Dickerson High School. As a child Pam loved roller skating, and being a member of the girl Scouts, with her aunts Charlyce and Mikki.
Upon completing high school, Pam worked various jobs; she lived for a short time in Colorado to pursue better opportunities. Pamela was the first of her siblings to move to another state on her own to seek a better life. John Victor Matthews won her heart, and on October 27, 1981 they were married. Pam was the eldest of seven children and the loving and devoted mother of five. Pamela’s love for her immediate family members and extended family knew no bounds, and she shared them with the many friends and acquaintances throughout her life.
Anyone who knew Pam knew she shared a love of karate action movies just like her mother Pat. It was common to find her sitting with her mother on weekends enjoying their Karate Flicks, or Pam going to put lotto numbers in for her stepfather Willie, or see Pam walking …walking….walking from one end of Jersey City to the next. Pam enjoyed sisters’ weekend, getting her hair styled by her daughter in her daughter’s salon, family vacations in Hawaii, and her Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich with hot sauce.
Pam moved during the latter part of her life to North Carolina to begin a new chapter of her life’s journey, to be closer to her oldest daughter and granddaughters. Whether it was laying on her belly for the ultimate position of comfort, or listening to her explain the plot of each episode of “Texas Walker Ranger”, and never forget her insisting that the cups of juice stay on the counter until dinner had been eaten, Grandma Pam the ultimate grandma was giving the best of herself.
Quiet, shy, steady, adventurous, great walker, loving, kind, loyal, and devoted... PAMELA.
Pamela is proceeded in death by her mother Patricia Jones Epps, Step Father, Willie Epps, her loving grandparents, Vernal and Amelia Jones , her Aunt Deanna (Dr. Edward ) Sims Jr., Uncles Vernal Jones Jr., Ronald Jones, and Robert (John) Bell.
Pamela leaves to cherish her wonderful memory her devoted children…Kyle Bryant (Irvington NJ) Kandise LaNore (Greenville, NC), Keisha Chanette (Irvington, NJ), Kurtis Lamont (Jersey City NJ), and Sheneva Nicole (Jersey City NJ). Loving granddaughters…Khristin and Deirdre Graves, Latazha, Yonashma (Nana), Imani Jones and Kyla Yvette Jones. Grandsons…Keith, Khalil, and Kalik Jones, Davon Jones and Shahard Harvey. Great Granddaughters…LaNiya Graves, and Makayla Brown. Devoted sisters… Vonnie (Danny) Delbridge (Bayonne NJ), Jeanne (John)Taylor (Bayonne NJ), Darlene Rivers (Hillsborough, NJ), Soncerae (Pennie) (Daryl) Muhammad (Greensboro, NC). Cherished brothers…Darren (Kyshawn) Rivers (Bayonne NJ), William Epps (Jersey City). Loving Aunts…Esther Bell, Charlyce (Richard) Owen, Evelyn (Mikki) (John) Miller, Nancy Jones, and Uncle Gregory (Phyliss) Jones. Pamela’s best friends from New Jersey and North Carolina…Diane Darby, Sheryl Blanding, Levone Clark, Doris Murphy, Linda Pope and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.