My name is Pamela
Rauch Strasburg. I was born in Saint Louis, Missouri,
December 23. My Father is a WWII Navy Vet. We moved
to Florissant when I was nine, my sister was four, that
is where we grew up. I
studied art in school and I knew my future husband from
school but we weren't dating. Went to work for a department
store. Met my husband again, he was my boss. After many
trials and errors we married. I have taught classes
in art appreciation, oil painting, glass painting, tin
or tole painting, watercolors and fabric painting. We
traveled with the Army as our guide, and I was a stay
at home Mom. I just became more involved in my art work
and family. I never had to work, so I volunteered to
work at the school where my son was enrolled, then worked
until our niece and nephew graduated. I became secretary,
helper, teachers aide, lunchroom help if someone couldn't
show up, painted going away and retirement presents
for all the teachers, and worked with the pastor of
the church. When Mike became a civilian, we moved to
our own home. I drew up plans for a patio, deck and
gardens. My job was to get the plans in an order where
my husband and son could see what I wanted and they
would build it. I did, they did, we were really happy.
I wanted to learn how to frame some old prints. Because
the price was prohibitive. I got a job as a framer and
learned the art of making frames, matting and cutting
glass. I could frame anything a person could bring in.
Then we moved to our newly built home. I gave up the
framing job. My cousin was starting a garden greenhouse
business and asked me to come help out. I have always
loved to plant and care for plants, so I worked with
him for a number of years. To this day if I have a problem
to think out, I will go to the greenhouses and plant
whatever he needs planted that day. My cousin loves
to see me. I get a whole lot of transplanting done and
all my problems get worked out.There is nothing like
sitting in a nice warm greenhouse on a cold March morning
planting seeds that will be put into hanging baskets
in a month or two. The warm sun coming through the glass,
the bees buzzing, the good smelling earth in your hands.
My idea of a perfect day! I decided to do something
else so I worked as a cashier at the local Wal Mart.
About a year into that, the lady in the pharmacy asked
if I would like to apply for a job in their little corner
of the store. I said yes, I thought it would be fun.
I was tiring of just running a cash register. So I made
the move. That is when I met and started working with
Bev Bouchard, my good friend. It was a challenge, because
sick people old or young just don't care about a smile
when they are feeling ill. It was an eye opener! I was
in a job I really loved. After a number of years I became
ill and had no choice, I had to retire from my work.
I still miss the activity of the pharmacy, the personel
and the customers very much. Even today I can walk into
the pharmacy and have a customer ask me where I've been
and want me to get something for them.
I have the ability to think of something I want done
and accomplish it. I wanted to learn to quilt, so I
did. I wanted to learn to use a computer, I am still
mastering that one! I think I am accomplished at making
and keeping friends. What I lack in knowledge I make
up for by being a congenial happy person. I am happily
married, happily waiting on the birth of our first grandchild
in August, 2000. I am very content with my life.