Obituary of Pamela Valerie Chang (1946-2022) – Black American engineer


Pamela Valerie (Oliver) Chang – affectionately known as “Blossom” or “Aunt Bloss” – was 75 when she went to join the Lord on November 8, 2022 at 12:56 p.m.

True to her name, she flourished in life and was the centerpiece of her family. Pamela was a mother, daughter, sister, wife, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, caregiver and friend. To her four children and countless others, she was selfless in opening her heart and her home. She embodied the saying “what’s mine is yours” and she gave her all to anyone who needed it.

Born on December 30, 1946, in Port Maria, Jamaica, to Ethel Maud (Miller) Oliver and Delrezo Oliver, she was the second youngest of seven children. With the loss of her father at just eight years old and seeing her mother working tirelessly as a seamstress, Pamela knew she had to work hard to achieve her goals.

As a young woman, she lived with her older sister and studied hard to earn a scholarship to Carson Hall, a private school for girls. She graduated at seventeen and immediately applied to nursing school, but was told she was too young.

She taught kindergarten on an acting basis, before reapplying and being admitted to the hospital’s nursing school in 1966. It was also during this time that she married the love of her life, Dennis Chang, Sr. And as she sadly told everyone, the day she became a nurse is also the day she became a mom, since she was in labor with her first child , Camille, as she finished her end-of-year exam! Her second child, Wayne, followed less than a year later. The family then moved to the United States in 1972 and made New York their home.

In New York, Pamela worked hard and became one of the best nurses in the field, focusing on elderly care and nursing homes. The family would continue to grow with the addition of their son Dennis, Jr. affectionately nicknamed “Denny”. Life in New York was tough, but having good friends and neighbors in their neighborhood made it easier.

Then, fourteen years after their first child, Pamela surprised everyone by announcing that she was pregnant again with a girl they named Christina because she was a “child of Christ”. As she liked to say, she had four rooms in her heart – one for each of her children.

Pamela’s faith and devotion to God were the focal points of her life. She leaned on God as she weathered life’s storms, including the loss of her husband in November 1987, and continued to raise their four children, now as a single mother. She moved to Maryland where she made a fresh start with the help of her sister and family. Working three jobs and continuing to support and raise four children, Pamela was an unstoppable force.

She thrived in her career and became director of nursing, working and caring for those everyone has forgotten. Over the years, she was incredibly proud of the success of her four children as she watched her daughters attend colleges and graduate schools and her sons become entrepreneurs.

However, nothing made her prouder than seeing her family continue to grow with grandchildren and even great-grandchildren! In her retirement years, her wonderful friends invited her to live with them on a beautiful farm in Virginia, where she had her own pony and even learned to ride a horse-drawn carriage!

His final days were spent in Georgia at the home of his eldest daughter and cared for by his devoted niece. Now, with the Lord, we know she heard the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.

She was predeceased by her husband Dennis Chang, Sr., and her son Dennis Chang, Jr. She is survived by: her children, Camille Chang Gilmore (Deryk Gilmore), Wayne Chang and Christina Chang Bridger (Jeremy Bridger ); grandchildren, Taja Chang, Lavonte King, Dejah Chang, Dantaé Gilmore, Ashlei Chang, Deion Gilmore, Kyle Jackson Chang, Taj Porter, Solomon Bridger and Dennis “Tre” Chang, III; great-grandchildren Messiah Clement, Malachi Clement and Dylan King; his sister, Helena “Jean” Modjeska Oliver-Thompson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and family.

A visitation for Mrs. Pamela Chang will be held Monday, November 21, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Vaughn Greene Funeral Services, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133.

On Tuesday, November 22, 2022 a homecoming celebration will be held at the Vaughn Greene Chapel in Randallstown, 8728 Liberty Road where the family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with services to follow.

Interment services will be held at Druid Ridge Cemetery immediately following the drive home service. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Pamela Chang, please visit Tribute Store

Funeral Home Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2022, Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Services, 8728 Liberty Road Randallstown, Maryland, USA

Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2022, Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Services, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, Maryland, USA

Final Resting Place, Druid Ridge, 7900 Park Heights Avenue, Pikesville, Maryland, USA. Click on here for more information.


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