Pamela Jean Anderson Hider-Johnson was born on Thursday, December 23, 1954. She was preceded in death by her parents, Deacon Alfred Anderson Sr. and Mrs. Leoma G. Russell-Anderson, her brother Mr. Alfred Anderson Jr, her daughter Ms. Alexis P. Hider-Addison, her grandson Asa D. Rozell, her nephew Mr. Ashley S. Anderson and her sister-in-love Mrs. Doris Williams-Anderson.
Pam attended school in the Kansas City Missouri Public School District area. Pam attended Graceland Elementary from 1959-1965 and from 1965-1971 she attended Junior and High School at Southeast. During her high school career, Pam was 2nd Chair All-State Violinist and a Varsity Cheerleader. Pam was proud to have been a Southeast Lady Knight and for also being a part of the class of 1971. Pam graduated in 1975 from UMKC with an Associated of Arts Degree and furthered her education in 1988 with Certifications in Housing. As a child, Pam attended church at Good Samaritan Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO under the spiritual leadership of Pastor Walter J. Witherspoon. Pam and her family then attended church at Southside Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri under Pastor Fred W. Johnson. In 1973 Pam and her family returned to Good Samaritan Baptist Church. In her adult life she was an active member of St. Paul Monument of Faith COGIC in Kansas City, MO under the spiritual guidance of Bishop Clifford A. Jackson. In 2002 Pam joined St. James UMC under Rev. Emanuel Cleaver II, she was an active member until her health declined in 2017.
Pam married Gary Hider on December 19, 1974 and to their union four beautiful children were added. In 1983 at the Mutual Musician Foundation in Kansas City, MO, Pam met the love her life. This union sparked a lifelong dedication to each other and fostered an opportunity for Jazz Musicians. During this union, Pam and Sam created and operated the Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz and Leumas Musical Services. In 2006, Pam and Sam partnered with Covenant Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, MO and created the first ever Musicians Food Pantry. Pam had an extremely large heart for Jazz and Gospel Musicians within her community. With her various Jazz organizational affiliations, she has employed Jazz and Gospel Musicians for over three decades. Each year Pam and the Elder Statement of Kansas City Jazz would organize and distribute Holiday Baskets to Musicians and or their families. Pam was a board member for CODA Jazz Fund, Kansas City Jazz Alive Committee, annual Spirit Festival Committee, 18th & Vine Jazz Festival Committee, Cherokee Iowa Jazz Festival Committee, American Jazz Museum Saturday Academy and the Charlie Parker Festival Committee.
Pam retired from the Greater Kansas City Housing Information Center in 2013. Before retirement, Pam was a nationally recognized Senior Housing Counselor. She emphasized on Landlord Tenant Relations, Mortgage Default Crisis, First Time Home Buyers and Mortgage Loan Consolidations. Pam was devoted to her position for 26 years with the Greater Kansas City Housing Information Center. Over the years she handled each client case with empathy and dedication for a client specific doable resolution.
Pam was a bright light for many, her contributions to her community were vast. She always strived to be a positive influence by using her God given talents and to make her environment a better place for others. Pam will be sorrowfully missed by her husband of 30 years, Samuel Johnson Jr. of Overland Park, KS, her Bunny Rabbits as she affectionally called her children all of Kansas City, MO, Stacy R. Jackson (John), Alfreda S. Clemons (Christopher), Gary A. Hider II (Esstarra), Avalynn Lair and Jaron Morton. Her Grandchildren that she affectionally called Grandma Pam’s Weasel’s, Charlene L. Jackson, Adreauna J. Anderson-Babbs, Dezmon A. Rozell, DeRon A. Rozell II, Tyler A. Hider, Audrey P. Jackson, Euliziah A. Hider, Abia R. Rozell, Johnathon W. Jackson, Joseph M. Jackson, Z-Mya Hider, Tyson G. Hider, Taylor D. Hider, John Mims Jr., Eunique P. Hider and Gia A. Hider. Her Great-Grandchildren she proudly named Grandma Pam’s Baby Sharks, Corion Robinson, Deron Rozell III, Z-mya Rozell and Ariell Barnett. By her siblings, Sharron D. Anderson, Richard E. Anderson and Pearl A. Coleman (Charles) all of Kansas City, MO and Joyce Byers-Hines of St. Louis, MO. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Service will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 11 am at Watkins Heritage chapel. Visitation 9 am. Interment in Leavenworth National Cemetery.
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