Pamela Kay Mulligan, of St. Louis passed away on November 13th, 2022 with her daughters by her side. She was born July 29th, 1965 to Dolores and Charles Smith. She attended Oak Hill Elementary School and graduated from Health Careers High School. 

Pam was a true south-sider, staying friends with many from her school days and time on the south side of St. Louis. She was a 30 year veteran of Schnucks and a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW Local 88). 

When she was present, she enjoyed time with her friends and family, especially getting sugar from her grandkids. Many beautiful memories were made and laughs were had. She could make some mean deviled eggs and her corned beef was hard to beat. Her voice was at times reminiscent of Momma Lift from ‘Throw Momma From the Train.’

Pam is survived by her daughters Shannon (Jim) Varagona and Amy (Justin) Vance; grandchildren Dylan Varagona, Radley Vance, and Vivienne Varagona; brother Gary Smith; and aunts Jeannette and Arline. She was preceded in death by her parents.

We know Pam was in pain and suffering due to grief, loss, and physical and mental ailments. It led to a spiral of addiction to relieve that pain. She leaves a family in more pain. We know there are countless others out there like Pam, so hope her story can get through to someone else and save a life or change a course. Ignoring how she died ignores the problem and allows these cycles to continue.

“As sure as God made black and white, what’s done in the dark will be brought to the light.”

Memorial information to be announced at a later time. Donations can be made in memory of Pam to St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research through either Dylan ( or Vivienne (