Pamela Anne Butler
By family and friends
Jun 20, 2024
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Bonham, Texas -- Pamela Anne Butler, a beloved educator and founder of The Westwood School in Dallas, went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2024, at the age of 73.

Pam was born on June 25, 1950, in Bonham, Texas, and was the daughter of G.C. and Martha Butler. From her earliest days she was an inquisitive explorer of nature and literature. She was outside as much as possible observing how things worked. That spirit of curiosity continued into her professional life where she observed the children she was teaching. She wanted to find a better way of cultivating the childís curiosity and making the child a life-long learner. This led her to the Montessori Method of teaching where observing the child is an important component in educating the child.

In 1986, Pam founded The Westwood School, a place where her passion for teaching and her commitment to students could flourish. She earned certifications from St. Nicola Training Center in London, England, and additional certifications from Contemporary Montessori Education. Over the years, she guided over 1600 students through their educational journey, leaving a profound and enduring legacy. Her influence extended beyond the classroom to the families of her students, where she was always available to listen to any issues parents had with their children.

She was always quick to make sure parents knew the special moments that happened at school with their children. Many former students would return annually to visit and express gratitude for the positive influence she had on their lives.

Pamís vision of creating a school for students from toddler through high school led the school to adopt the prestigious International Baccalaureate program for the upper school years.

Pam is survived by her daughter, Heather Lourcey (Larry), her beloved grandchildren, Dean Lourcey and Beau Lourcey; her sister, Carolyn Gray (Alan); her brothers Charles Butler (Karen) and John Wood (Ann); her nieces, Caitlin Boothe (Barry) and Sandra Barnes (Steve); and her nephews, Brett Gray, Kyle Gray
(Christina), Chase Butler (Ashley) and Craig Wood (Julie); great nephews, Brooks Boothe, Ford Boothe, Jack Butler, Truett Butler; and great niece, Elizabeth Butler. Her family and countless former students remember her not only as an exceptional educator but also as a cherished family member and friend.

Pamís legacy of love, dedication and education will continue in the hearts and minds of all those she touched. She will be deeply missed and forever remembered.

There will be a private family graveside service in Bonham and a Celebration of Life at the Arboretum in Dallas on Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Westwood School ( in her honor, continuing her mission of enriching the lives of future generations.