February 12, 1946 - December 21, 2017
"Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die.
~Mary Elizabeth Frye - 1932
Pam was a gifted writer who pursued a professional career in communications that began in Chicago in 1975 and spanned direct marketing, advertising, a-v production, business television, PR-marketing as well as marketing communications strategy and development until her death on December 21, 2017 at the age of 71. Her clients included Fortune 500 companies, IT entrepreneurs and Main Street business owners.
She was a volunteer journalist, advocate and passionate activist on many social reform causes:
● In 1989-1990, Pam Picard established a 501(c)3 trust to produce the first interdisciplinary conference on homelessness in Illinois. The Homeless Trust was convened at Loyola University in the fall of 1990 and conducted as a Town Hall meeting in which actual homeless people spoke for themselves.
● Between 1989 and 1999, while living in Galena, IL, Pam was an advocate for the Galena Arts & Recreation Center, attracting a benefactor to fund it. She was also an activist in blocking the location of a Superdump in Jo Daviess County.
● Pet health was the cause closest to her heart. In Austin, TX, in 2007, after the loss of Aimee, her beloved calico cat, to chronic renal failure triggered by a redundant rabies “booster shot,” she launched a petition to Texas State Public Health Veterinarians to exempt sick and senior pets from rabies shots. In 2009, “Aimee’s Rabies Law” Blog (www.aimeeslaw.blogspot.com) was named one of the top 50 animal health and law blogs in the United States.
But of all her accomplishments, she was proudest of being an artist, be it singing in a trio while attending W. W. Lewis Junior High School, editing the school yearbook, writing for the school newspaper, writing and copyrighting “Saving Grace,” a screenplay drawn from her life, gardening, restoring furniture with faux finishes, remodeling vintage houses, decorating homes, writing blogs on pet health, food, marketing and herself and stitching her own brand of quilted handbags, pillows and wall art under the label “That’s My Bag by Pam Picard.”
Pam is survived by her husband, Stuart (Skip) Spates, her sister, Cheree Ray Burnette and husband, Douglas G. Burnette of Lake Charles, LA, her brother, Robert (Bobby) Ray and Sandra (nee Daigle) of Choupique, LA, a nephew, Rob Ray and Candice and their children in Carlyss, LA as well as a niece, Erin Clark Fontenot, Allen and their children, Mason and Madison of Lake Charles, LA. She was predeceased by her parents, Fletcher and Bernadine Ray of Sulphur, LA.
A celebration of Pam’s life to be held in Lake Charles, LA will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hemopet Canine Blood Bank & Diagnostics
(http://www.hemopet.org), Mobile Loaves and Fishes in Austin, TX and Ladies of Charity Lake Travis, Lakeway, TX.