Pamela Elizabeth Krone
Pamela Elizabeth Krone lost her battle with leukemia Saturday, Oct. 2 at Stanford University Hospital.She was born in Oakland, Calif. Pam attended McClatchy High School in Sacramento and majored in art, specializing in graphics at the University of California, Davis. She moved to Truckee in 1970 and found Graffiti Graphics, a commercial graphics and sign painting company. After 20 years raising her family and running a successful commercial arts business, Pam began to focus exclusively on fine art, painting in watercolor and acrylics and creating hand-painted sculptures. Her work is displayed in homes, businesses and galleries throughout the world.Pam is survived by her husband, Gary Krone of Truckee, daughter Kristin Krone-Vallant of Truckee, son Ryan Krone of San Luis Obispo, sister Jennifer Vournas of Marin, brothers Jon Taylor of Half Moon Bay, Peter Taylor of San Francisco, and two grandchildren, Lily and Kilian Vallant of Truckee.”Pam,” “Pammy,” “Nani,” “Grammy Pammy,” “Honey ‘B'” was a wonderful wife, mother and a young grandmother (sorry, Mom, had to tell), sister and friend. She truly enjoyed her home, her garden, her family, her friends, her art, and her activities. She was an exceptionally accomplished artist who was widely recognized. She was a talented athlete who enjoyed playing tennis, riding her horse, cycling, sailing, waterskiing, sculling, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, hiking and swimming (she never did get her hair wet). She rooted for the Giants and the Kings, cherished the holidays and the fanfare and created a beautiful home, wonderful set designs and fantastic Halloween costumes.Pam loved Donner Lake, double lattes, painting with her granddaughter, laughing with her kids, laughing at her kids, laughing at herself, laughing with her friends and just being with her husband. She loved cooking but preferred if someone at a restaurant was doing it. She relished trips to the hardware store and two or three runs a day to Safeway.Pam was a lover of life and represented all that is wondrous in our town. She was a strawberry-blond, 50-something-looking-30-something, and fit more in a day than most do in a week. She accomplished more in her too-short lifetime than most of us ever will.Her enthusiasm was infectious.Her energy, creativity, zeal and joie d’vivre will live on in her family and her community. Heaven is blessed. We will all miss her dearly.All are welcome to attend a celebration of life for Pam on Saturday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. at Donner Lake Property Owners Beach (West End). Bring a folding chair and good stories.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pam Krone Medical Benefit Trust account at Bank of the West.In case in inclement weather, location to be announced.
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