Well, that’s not right. Mother’s life was much more than can be depicted in these few photographs. This is more a through-the-years photo essay–a snapshot of snapshots, limited by what has been scanned and is readily available and not in any particular order. (And unfortunately, misses her middle life altogether–maybe another time.)
Pam Dillard Coates: 10/11/1923-7/7/2020
Circa 1936–sisters (l-r) Bobbie, Jeannette, Phyllis, Mom.
Circa 1937 family photo: (front) Bobbie; (center) Mom with a teenage smirk, Grandmother, Jeannette; (back) Granddaddy, Phyllis, Bill.
1942–college sophomore photo, Western Carolina Teachers College (now Western Carolina University).
1940–Mom (right) high school senior, with friends at Sylva High School.
Sometime in the early ’40s–maybe senior yearbook photo.
November 14, 1944.
1945–war workers in the Secret City (Oak Ridge, TN)–standing in front of their flat top home, one of thousands brought in by truck and lifted into place by crane, fully finished and furnished.
1946 or 47: Mom with firstborn (me) in front of her parents’ home in the Addie community, about four miles from Sylva, Jackson County, NC.
Fall, 2004: Family reunion, Asheville, NC,three months before Dad died.
Circa 2006–Mom basking in sunlight in front of Olympic fountain, Atlanta, GA.
Circa 2007: Mom (r) with sister Jeannette, Blue Ridge Parkway.
October 2018–Mom’s 95th birthday.
1950–Mom flanked by my brother Alan and me. She made all the clothes, probably including Alan’s cap and my pocketbook.
November 2019 (age 96)–Mom checking out a hot-off-the-press copy of my book about her life.
Circa 2010 at home in Fairview, NC. (Thanks to brother Curt for this one. He is the BEST photographer!)
circa 1938. Mom as a teenager standing by the rock pillars in front of her home in Beta, NC (just outside of Sylva, Jackson County)
Circa 2005. Mom at home.
Circa 1990–in the woods at home, Fairview, NC.
1924, with her siblings, cousins, and grandmother. Mother is the baby, front left, fascinated with something on the ground instead of the person behind the camera.
Circa 1939. Mom at Swannanoa 4-H camp, Swannanoa, NC.
Circa 1943. Dad and Mom courting on the mountainside at her home in Addie, NC (near Sylva, Jackson County).
Circa 2015. Mom and Dad’s youngest brother, Bryan, are reminiscing.
Circa 1954. Mom holding her youngest, Curtis, at home, Florence, SC.
1994. Mother and Dad celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary when she was 71.
Circa 1944. A big smile for her boyfriend.
Circa 1942. Sisters: Barbara, Jeannette, Phyllis, Pam (my mom)