Pamelia Brown Scott

05/31/1932 - 07/22/2014 Obituary
Pamelia Brown Scott Obituary
Pamelia Brown Scott waited two weeks and a day to join her husband, Herbert Lee Scott, in the next life. Two weeks gave Herb ample time to arrange for appropriate accommodations for his beloved wife. He had always traveled ahead, to secure housing for his wife and family, when his job transferred him to a new location. Everything had to be "just right" before he sent for the love of his life on the afternoon of July 22nd, 2014. She went with him peacefully, in her sleep, in Bakersfield, CA.
Permelia Dyall Brown (Pamelia, Pam) was the only child of Lucile Gause Brown and Minor Linton Brown. Pamelia was born on May 31st, 1932 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She spent many happy days as a child playing on the beach and in the surf, beginning a life-long affection for the ocean and seashore.
Lucile married Jesse L. McGowan when Pam was very young. The new family soon moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where Pam attended an all girls Catholic school. There she learned to love the arts and to recite poetry; she developed a taste for cajun cuisine, and an affinity for New Orleans jazz; she also came to realize that not everyone saw colors when they heard music. She made many friends and wonderful memories in New Orleans. In 1949 Jesse's work took the family to Fort Worth, Texas where Pam graduated from Amon Carter Riverside High school in 1950.
The next fall Pam enrolled in the University of North Texas in Denton. There she joined the Chi Omega sorority, and during an elective ballroom dance class she met Herbert Lee Scott. Herb swept her off her feet; they were married soon after he graduated in 1954. One year later, Pam graduated with a BA in Art and Interior Design, and the couple soon moved to Midland, Texas where Herb worked for Shell Oil Company. Despite an ominous prediction by her mother-in -law, the marriage lasted over 59 years.
Pam and Herb had a wonderful life in Midland, and in Houston, Texas. Together they made many friends and lifelong memories. Initially Pam put her degree to work in an architectural firm but soon their first child (of two) was born and Pam's attentions turned to her family, home and garden. She was a wonderful wife, extraordinary mother, and accomplished gardener. As the children grew older and more independent Pam was able to return to work and taught art, opened a successful needlepoint studio, sold her artwork, became a successful realtor, and of course, accompanied Herb and their family on many adventures.
In the winter of 1981, Occidental Petroleum moved the family to Bakersfield, California. Herb's work took them both to many places around the world; they relished their travels together and made many friends. In Bakersfield, Pam volunteered for years at the Kern Adult literacy council where she taught ESL and assisted individuals in preparation for their citizenship tests. In later years, Pam's love for gardening continue, and she began studying tai chi in earnest. In the summer of 2004 she traveled to Beijing for the 5th International Wushu Invitational Tournament where she won a bronze medal in the 24 Form Taijiquan. Unfortunately less than 2 years later she suffered a debilitating stroke that left her severely disabled for over 8 years.
Pam will be remembered for her vibrancy, kindness, patience, and gentility. One friend stated that Pam was the epitome of "Emily Post"-like manners- what a true "southern lady" should be She was extremely creative, a critical thinker with an encyclopedic memory and extensive vocabulary, and an adventurous and independent soul who brought a touch of beauty to everything that she was involved with. She is sorely missed.
Pamelia is survived by her son, Herbert Lee Scott, Jr. of Gunnison, Colorado, and her daughter, Leslie Scott (Patrick), and son-in-law, James Douglas Patrick of Palmer, Alaska.
The family is grateful to the dear friends and neighbors who assisted the family over the last years, to Annette and the kind, compassionate employees of Westchester Home Corp., to Joanie who brought smiles, treats, and gifts, and to Hoffmann Hospice for their loving care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hoffmann Hospice, or the . A private celebration of life is being planned.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 3, 2014
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