Pamela Mae Babcock May 24, 1953 - May 11, 2016 La Jolla Pamela Mae Babcock was born in Tacoma, Washington, to James Alfred and Patricia Marie Babcock. The family moved to San Diego in 1964 and they settled in La Jolla where she and her younger brother, Jimmy, were raised. In the early 70's, she worked the summers at the Del Mar racetrack. Pam became the first woman allowed' to work the private Turf Club, serving Desi Arnaz, Harry James and Telly Savalas. A natural salesperson like her father, Pam sold advertising for the Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento. She returned back to the San Diego Convention Center where she earned many sales awards.The love for sales and food brought her to a successful catering career. One of her events was a private party honoring Lucianno Pavarotti, who asked her to prepare his special diet of grilled scallops, the only way he preferred them on a hibachi while wearing white gloves. She happily obliged. The sport she couldn't resist was boxing. She had a private meeting with her favorite boxer, Mohammad Ali, in Las Vegas. She always remembered what he told her, "The Will must be stronger than the Skill". That meeting lead to catering many fundraisers in the boxing world such as Larry Holmes vs the Chargers and other events the boxer held. In the 80's Pam's adventures took her to the sea, where she lived aboard a beautiful 44' motorsailer named the Hem Kara Hem', in taking from the Swedish roots of her mother means Home Sweet Home'. Pam's creativity abounded when she traveled to Soreze, France. An art heaven' where she created her first painting. From there she became hooked on painting and travel. She took art classes in Italy, Mexico, La Jolla's Athenaeum and most recently returned from Cuba.Licensed for many years in the insurance industry, she found more joy in selling beautiful twisty necklaces' that she discovered on her travels to Provence, France. Pam found a niche and created Babcock Imports to sell necklaces and other jewelry to boutiques. Pam led the Neuropathy Support Group of San Diego for many years. She was a member of the La Jolla Garden Club, International Pen Women of La Jolla and the Rolls Royce Owners Club. Pam was honored to follow her mother's footsteps and was a standing member with the wonderful ladies of Club Altura. Pam's artistic talent showed through her daily life. She was a very talented creator who saw things differently. You would be blessed to receive one of her custom birthday cards with pressed flowers inside, along with a whimsical poem.With her beautiful smile and infectious laugh, she will always be remembered by those she met. This is truly a loss for all of us. She was predeceased by her mother, Patricia, and her father, James. She is survived by her brother, Jimmy, and his wife Michele, Babcock; niece, Britton Babcock; and nephew, Brandon Babcock.A Celebration of Pam's life will be held on June 17, 2016, at 11 am at Torrey Pines Church, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Dr. North, La Jolla. A reception to follow at La Jolla Country Club, 7301 High Ave, La Jolla. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ lajollalight .
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Published in La Jolla Light on Jun. 9, 2016.