Pamela Gatschet

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Pamela Dailey Gatschet

With sadness, our family reports that Pamela Dailey Gatschet died September 19, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM.

Pam was born in Albuquerque January 31, 1931, the daughter of Joseph L. Dailey and Elizabeth Vogt Dailey, who, in 1925, left Indiana for New Mexico to "chase the cure" for tuberculosis. Pam attended Sandia School for Girls, Manzano Day School, Jefferson Junior High and one year at Albuquerque High School. She finished high school at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.

In 1948, her father retired for health reasons and the family left Albuquerque for Altadena, California. In 1950, Pam graduated from Pasadena City College. She attended nursing school at USC until 1951 when she chose to marry and start her "career" in the U.S. Air Force. She married William C. Gatschet in Altadena, California. The next 23 years were a whirlwind. She managed 13 "permanent changes of station" (moves) while in the USAF, both domestic and abroad. Pam settled in Syracuse, NY, where she lived the next 36 years before finally returning to Albuquerque in 2007 where most of her family had chosen to live.

Pam was very active and involved throughout her life. She was a curious and social child, and walked everywhere in Albuquerque. She walked herself to all kinds of churches. She chose the Episcopalian church when a teen, but her interest in various Christian religions evolved throughout her life and the best way to describe Pam and religion is that it was one of the positive resources she chose to be part of.

She ran for president of the student body, was Commissioner of Organizations at Pasadena City College, and a finalist for Rose Bowl Queen. She was a model. She was beautiful and intelligent. As a USAF officer's wife, it was unacceptable for her to work. Instead, she raised her family, supported her husband's career, and actively volunteered through Officers Wives Clubs and as a Red Cross Gray Lady.

While in the Philippines, she brought art supplies to the Clark Air Base hospital, laid them out & in a low-key manner, let men wounded in the Vietnam War know that it was there for them to use. She told her family, "They did remarkable work. I thought it might help them to express themselves in art… to get some of this out. Some of the pictures were great; some pictures were weird, expressing what they went through; they were weird. War."

Being a military spouse was difficult. She said, "I didn't like the process of moving because it was hard, but I enjoyed traveling and meeting people. In the Air Force, I decided I would be happy wherever I lived."

She nearly died in a 1951 auto accident and again 11 years later during open heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm which had been caused by that accident. She literally lost her voice during that surgery when her vocal cords were accidentally cut. Her heart surgeon told her because of the extensive damage to her heart and brain, she should not expect to live a long life. Ultimately, Pam's strength and will to live let the world have her for 86 years. She was active in tennis, golf, bridge, working as a fitness instructor and real estate broker. She traveled to see even more of the world. She loved painting and craftwork. She collected rocks and twigs and leaves. She loved dogs. She was always helping others, even when she was the one who needed more help. Our mother's love lives on in everyone she touched. Pam's life is an example of kindness and strength, love and courage, topped with a sense of humor until the end.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Patricia Dailey Johnson, brother Joseph L. Dailey, Jr., ex-husband Bill Gatschet, and partner George Grover.

Pam leaves her brother James F. (Yvonne) Dailey, her Aunt Ruth Kobell, cousins Dr. Frank H. Dailey and Dr. Robert P. Vogt, daughters Janis (Tom) Schlossberg, Eileen (Doug) Parker, Cheryl (Woody) Supple, stepson Brian (Susan) Gatschet, six grandchildren: Truett, Keenan, Dailey, Chandley, Ian and Molly and two great-grandchildren: Jonesy and Grant. She was Aunt Pam to several loving nieces and nephews. Pam was buried with her parents and sister at Fairview Cemetery in Albuquerque.

Our family appreciates Pam's excellent caregivers this past year: Pat, Maria, Vicki and Lupe, as well as the staff at Atria Vista del Rio. We also acknowledge her bridge friends and her friends at Atria.

If interested, contributions can be made to Ex-Pose: Ex-Partners of Service Members for Equality, P.O. Box 11191, Alexandria, VA 22312-0191,

703-941-5844 (, or to any local animal no-kill shelter, or a .

Pam was a gentle soul.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Oct. 1, 2017