December 29, 2017

"Have​ ​some​ ​good​ ​food​ ​and​ ​drink​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​wine.​ ​I'm​ ​free."

Pamela Picard
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​ ​(​​)​ ​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 

(, Mobile Loaves and Fishes in Austin, TX and Ladies of Charity Lake Travis, Lakeway, TX. 

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