Pamela J. Batty, 52, died Sept. 18, 2010, at Quarry Hill in Camden, after a 10-year battle with breast cancer.

Born in Rockland Nov. 19, 1957, she was a daughter of Seth W. and Ruth (Elwell) Batty. Growing up in Spruce Head, Pam attended St. George elementary schools and was a 1976 graduate of Georges Valley High School in Thomaston. That fall she began studies at Thomas College in Waterville, and graduated summa cum laude in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

She was first employed as a bookkeeper with Graffam Brothers in Rockport. Later Pam worked and lived for a brief time in Boston before becoming associated with an Augusta-based financial services firm in its Camden office.

She later established Forest Hill Financial Services in Spruce Head, and operated that business until illness made it impossible to continue, in May of this year.

Pam was diagnosed 10 and a half years ago with stage four breast cancer and was told she had only a few months to live. Since that time, Pam has gallantly and tenaciously pursued life. Not only did she endure various bouts of chemotherapy, radiation and radical surgery, but also offered herself for many alternative treatments, including autologous stem cell transplant.

Her passion for life was made evident when, after fracturing her neck while swimming, she lost the use of her right hand, but continued to drive her stick shift standard car.

During one of her stays at a Boston medical facility, frustrated with the confinement, Pam signed herself out and returned home to care for her son. She continued chemotherapy until just three weeks ago, concerned that if she gave up chemo, it would mean she was giving up.

From the day of her first diagnosis, Pam never gave up. She was often heard to say, “I’ll give one day a week to cancer, the other six are for me!” Throughout her illness, she attended many of her son’s practices and most of his games.

Pam served for several years as a selectman for the town of St. George and for several years as a member of the SAD 50 School Board.

She was a member of ZONTA, Knox County Chapter Business and Professional Women, and was a member of the John Street Methodist Church in Camden, where she was actively involved in the congregation. She often attended the Spruce Head Community Church, where she enjoyed many good friends and fellowship.

Other than her father, Pam was predeceased by an infant brother.

She is survived by her mother of Rockland; a son, Seth Andrew Batty, of Spruce Head; Dustin Lavoie, her son’s friend, who has resided with Pam the past two years; three sisters, Susan M. Parker and her husband, Kent, of Rockland, Laura B. Curtis and her husband, William, of Owls Head and Tracy L. Batty of South Thomaston; nieces and nephews including Cathy A. Curtis, who has resided with and been a constant caregiver to Pam, Christopher S. Curtis and his companion, Dee Urqhart, of Camden, Karen E. Curtis and her companion, Lee Bisson, of South Thomaston, Andrew C. Parker of Rockland and Melissa Parker of Lincolnville; as well as six great-nieces and -nephews whose lives Pam was actively involved in, Cassandra, Thomas, Samuel, Owen, Joseph and Abigail.

A graveside service were held Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Ocean View Cemetery on Spruce Head Road in South Thomaston. The Rev. Paul Marshall officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Seth A. Batty Educational Trust Fund, c/o Camden National Bank, P.O. Box 880, Rockland, ME 04841.

To sign Pam’s online guest book, visit obituaries at bchfh.com.