It is with great sadness that the family of Pamela Kay Doty, age 65, announces the passing of our dear mother, daughter, sister, aunt, co-worker and friend on Tuesday morning, September 18, 2012.
After a courageous battle with cancer, Pam passed away peacefully with her family by her side at her home in Pennfield Township. She was born May 9, 1947 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Vernon Clarence Doty and Doris (Dukeman) Doty. Pam had worked at the Pennfield Animal Hospital from 1991 until 2008. She had worked in all aspects of the Veterinary clinic from front desk receptionist to payroll to assisting with animal surgeries. She considered herself still employed even though she was sick.
Pam graduated with the class of 1965 from Lakeview High School where she was a member of National Honor Society for 3 years, Pep Club for 4 years, GAA (Girls Athletic Association) for a year, and French Club for two years.
She entered many art contests with her jewelry she made and a mosaic where she received second place. Pam was in the Stamp in Up Club (doing scrapbooking and stamping). She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting; she was very creative with many craft projects. She did ceramics with her mother for several years. She made many stained glass angels for many of her friends, family, and even her cancer doctor - Dr. Bailey.
Pam traveled to all of Haylee's cheerleading events, all of her daughter's horse shows, and her son's wrestling meets. Pam was a very proud mama and grandma. She loved traveling; especially the UP of Michigan and to Tennessee; but her special spot on the earth was Mackinaw Island.
She loved Avatar the movie, the lesson of humanity that she would watch over and over. She enjoyed the television series "Sex in the City" about the camaraderie of the women and she could relate to Samantha who was fighting breast cancer - laughing, crying, and empathizing with the battles Pam was encountering.
Pam was born and raised in Battle Creek; she had spent 13 years in Hamilton, MI; and lived 18 years in Dowling, MI; however the remaining portion of her life was spent in Battle Creek.
Pam is survived by her daughter: Shannon M. Rhodes; her son: Brett & Heather Weiss; granddaughter: Haylee Rhodes all of Battle Creek, MI; her father: Vernon Clarence Doty of Gladwin, MI; her sister: Sheri Greenway of Hopkins, MI; and several nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Doris Doty in March of 1990.
Visitation will be held at the Pennfield Presbyterian Church (7979 St. Mary's Lake Road) after 9:30 AM on Friday, September 21, 2012. Memorial services commemorating the vivacious life of Pamela Doty will be held on Friday at 10:30 AM in the sanctuary of the Pennfield Presbyterian Church with Pastor Douglas R. Nettleton officiating.
The family is requesting individuals to wear as much pink as possible, even pink shoe laces and as little black as possible. Burial of cremated remains will follow at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Battle Creek, MI. There will be a fellowship and light luncheon afterwards back at the Pennfield Presbyterian Church.
Memorial tributes may be made to ROW (Jenn Gibbons program, Recovery on Water Inc., ROW P.O. Box 617636, Chicago, IL 60661) refer to www.row4row.org or Pennfield Animal Hospital.
Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145. Please leave a message of remembrance on Pam Doty's web page at www.bachmanhebble.com