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Lewis County Community Honors the Life of Beloved Third-Grade Teacher

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Students always remember that one special teacher that made a huge impact on their lives. For hundreds of Lewis County students, that woman was Mrs. Pam Snyder, who lost her battle with cancer on Saturday.

Pam taught at Roanoke Elementary School for several years, even after being diagnosed with cervical cancer. But even though her battle is over, she'll still be giving back to her students long after her death.

Community members held a benefit dinner and auction at the National Guard in Weston on Sunday to raise funds for a new playground at Roanoke Elementary in Snyder's memory.

"She was the best teacher," said student Zachary James.

"She always gave us hugs and made everything better," said student Brinleigh Turner.

"She always brought a smile to everybody's face," said student Malena Brown.

Those who knew Pam Snyder knew she could light up any room, specifically, her classroom.

"I like her smile," said student Megan Parry.

"She was like another mother to me," said Katelyn James.

"She gave us hugs all the time," said student Makayla Ferguson.

"She called them her kids. They were her kids. So we always knew that I was her baby, but she still had her other kids," said Daniell Snyder, Pam's daughter.

When Mrs. Snyder was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year, the community rallied behind her. Friends and family organized fundraisers to help Pam fulfill her bucket list. She made it last December when she found out her cancer was terminal.

"They wanted to go to Alaska. They were going to go at the end of May. And then, the chemo wasn't working, and the tumor in her liver was growing rapidly. So what a better way to honor my mom than to put a playground up in her name," said Daniell.

Through it all, Pam's loved ones proved to be her source of strength, through good times and until the very end.

"Me, my mom, my fiance, and my dad, we all just shaved our heads," said Daniell.

"Even the last few days, we took our daughter to see her, and still, she had the beautiful smile it was amazing," said Cindy McCue, who helped to organize Sunday's fundraiser.

"I believe the family, the whole community, thought she would beat it," said organizer L.J. McCue.

And those whose lives were touched by Pam will always remember that spirit.

"She had such a beautiful voice, and she always sang in class," said Sarah Flesher.

And those who never had the chance to hear her beautiful voice? Well, they will know her too, through her legacy at Roanoke Elementary.

"She was the one that made me believe I could do anything if I set my mind to it," said student Makenna Spangler.

"Heaven gained a beautiful soul yesterday," said family friend Kim Spangler.

Organizers have another fundraiser scheduled for next Saturday - a benefit dance in Pam's memory. It will be held at the Plantation Inn & Suites in Jane Lew.