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Best of DeWitt: Good Neighbor of the Year

DeWitt Era-Enterprise of DeWitt, Arkansas

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Pam Castaneda has been chosen as the Best of De-Witt's "Good Neighbor of the Year." Pam is a graduate of DeWitt High School and has been employed by Arkansas County Bank for over 40 years. She is a member of Christway Baptist Church. She is married to Edu-ardo Castaneda and has one son, Joseph Schimmel of Stuttgart. lists one definition of neighbor as "a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans: to be a neighbor to someone in distress." The definition could have been shortened to read "Pam." Pam is a very caring person.

Words are not adequate to describe her devotion to her family, church, friends and community. For example, suppose you have a death in your family, and you hear a knock at trie door. There is Pam. She is not only bearing condolences for your loss, but probably a batch of cookies. She is there to help you through the difficult times and to celebrate with you in the good times. Pam keeps a check on her neighbors and aging members of her family. Her visits brighten their day. Pam serves Arkansas County Bank in the Customer Service Department. She does not limit herself to "a job description." She plays a big part in the annual Veterans Day Celebration, Christmas

Open House, Holiday Food Drive, organizing Bank employees for the annual Spring Fling at the hospital, cooking lunch for the Chamber of Commerce, "MAC" Club activities, and any other function in which the bank is participating. She cares for her fellow workers as if they are part of her family. It cannot go unmentioned that Pam is a very good cook. She learned from one of the best, her mom - Mrs. Ruth Isom. One of her favorite times is family gatherings, which include her brother and sisters.

There is no way to list all of the good deeds Pam does because they are done in a quiet manner since she does not want to bring attention to herself.

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Original Publication Date: January 30, 2014

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