Pamela Ducote Smith

March 14, 1954 ~ April 29, 2021

Pamela Ducote Smith, 67, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

She was a life-long Sulphur resident and a 1972 graduate of Sulphur High. Pam was the owner and operator of Mrs. Pam’s Playschool for 35 years. She loved all children whom she cared for during her years of childcare.  Pam enjoyed flea markets, antiques, and cooking. She especially loved weekends at Toledo Bend and spending time with family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 48 years, Howard Dwain Smith, Sr.; son, Bo Smith and wife, Rosa of Sulphur; daughter, Aunie Whatley and husband Wally of Sulphur; four grandchildren, Mason Wayne Whatley, Gabriel Blaze Smith; Elizabeth Ann Smith and Brennan James Smith. She will also be greatly missed by her brother, Rodney Ducote, Jr. and his wife, Peggy; two sisters, Elise LeBoeuf and her husband, Buckie, and Denise Derouen and her husband Tommy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents, Rodney Ducote, Sr., and Georgie Ducote; and three sisters, Flora Faye Weldon, Janelle Ducote, and Gwendolyn Marie Fontenot.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am, Monday, May 3, 2021 in Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church. Father Andrews Kollannoor, M.S.  will officiate.  Burial will follow at Mimosa Pines Cemetery North.  Visitation will be held in Johnson and Robison Funeral Home Sunday, May 2nd, 3 pm – 8 pm, with a recitation of the Rosary at 4:30 pm and a Cursillo Rosary at 6:30pm. Visitation will resume at the funeral home from 8:30 am – 10 am on Monday.

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  1. My heart is broken. Pam was one of the sweetest, kindest people. She was my friend since first grade at Our Lady's, and she lifted my heart whenever I talked with her. My very deepest sympathies to her beloved Dwain and the rest of Pam's family. Knowing how much she's enjoying her well-earned place in Heaven doesn't make her any less missed in any of our hearts. Sending you love and prayers for comfort. XO

  2. So very sorry to hear the news of Ms Pam's passing.. She was the most wonderful lady, the care she gave to our Tatum for so many years can't be thanked enough. She loved her like she was her own and treated our family with such kindness and love..Sending all our prayers to her whole family.. She will be missed.

  3. Pam was such an awesome caregiver to so many children including my grandchildren. Very dedicated and so loving and kind. She has definitely earned her wings.  Fly high Ms Pam and Prayers to your family 🙏🏻

  4. So sorry for your loss. Mrs Pam's Playschool was the best one in Sulphur. Tanner loved going there, he learned so much.

  5. Rodney, my condolences and prayers for you and the family and friends.  I remember when we were neighbors many years ago.  

  6. From childhood till now Mrs Pam’s Playschool was a big part of my life , my little brothers, & my cousins. Her and her family treated us like family, and we love them like ours. 
    So many great memories! Even after we grew up she was still apart of our life. She helped me out by giving me a job not once but twice. I learned so much from her. She taught me how to learn about each child I taught and how to work with them by knowing each one. Because everyone’s different. I remember she letting us stay when our parents had to work weekends at times. 
    I remember Aaron Tippin cassette playing in big room “Achey Breaky Heart”. Dancing and playing air guitar with Mallory and few others when we were little. Then her and I carried that tradition when we worked together there. We had a great time. 
    I remember Megan trying cheer with a few of the girls a for a little while. I remember lunch was always delicious. Aunie use to treat the older kids during the summer if we were all good for the week to movie upstairs with popcorn. The family cared for every single child. They never turned anyone away. They loved us all. 
    During holidays we had craft time and decorated the whole daycare when went there and when we worked there. 
    Frasch Pool during the summer was the big bonus when we were all good. We have popsicles when we played outside. There are many memories and I can’t think or mention them all but they had the times we would do paint crafts and did our t shirts. Always something fun and new. 
    She was a kind person. I’ll remember her red lipstick and teased long hair. And her singing randomly all the time. She would always wear her collar shirts with her shorts that just hit the knee with her tennis shoes. She was always moving. 
    She will be missed and loved. She will live on through the love in our hearts and in the memories we have and share. 
    To the family and friends, so sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to you all! 

  7. Sorry, for your loss. One of my first childhood memories is walking into the playroom with her for my 1st day @ Mrs. Pams Daycare( I was 3 or 4 years old ) She was so kind & loving; always made me feel like I was an extra-special kid. Thankful, for Summertime memories of Nintendo, dodgeball games, & swimming at Frasch pool are a few! I could literally fill a notebook with stories from my days there. Thankful, to have such great memories. 

  8. Mrs Pam has been apart of my life & some of my families life since we were infants till her last day here with us. She & her family has always opened there arms to anyone, no matter what. She loved w/ her whole heart. She always made everyone feel like one of her own. She would take my siblings & I whenever/ whatever time just to help our parents out. She hired me a couple times when I needed a job. She taught me many things when I worked there like: patients, understanding, getting to know ea. child & worker, have fun, laugh, show love, be kind, sing, & dance w/ the kids. She showed me that getting to know ea. child will show you ways to help or teach that child, b/c everyone is different; therefore there way of understanding or progress for them are going to be different. Who knew those things she taught me then was something to know for life. From her long teased hair, to her RED lipstick, to dancing to Aaron Tippin-Achey Breaky Heart, to her singing ea. day, to summer activities & field trips, & so much more- This daycare was an amazing place. Her & her family are forever in our hearts. Prayers to the family & friends during this hard time.

  9. Pam will always be dear to my heart. She potty trained my son Aaron when he stayed at her daycare. My son grew close to her and her family. She was one of the most loving and caring people I have ever known. I never saw Pam without her makeup and hair fixed either. This world has lost a special being, and heaven has gained a guardian angel.Love you Pam.

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