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Clela Mae Pullin

July 19, 1937 ~ October 15, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Clela Pullin Obituary

1937 - 2023

By Robin Japar | October 15, 2023


Clela Mae Pullin, born July 19, 1937, passed away unexpectedly in her home on October 15, 2023 at 86 years of age. Clela was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Pullin, father, Wiley Walker, daughter, Janet Douglas, grandson Jason Long, and her brothers, Wiley James “Pete” Pullin, and Larry Walker.

Clela is survived in death by her husband, Dean Pullin, sisters Linda Moore and Kathy Woodruff, and 5 GENERATIONS of beloved family including daughters, Leslie German (Diane Shadden), and Jenny Stoddard, son, Michael Pullin, daughter-in-law, Brenda Brown, and grandchildren, Robin Japar, Mandi Ketter, Lacey Strawder, Joseph Price, Nathan German, Samantha Melton, Matthew and Adam Stoddard, Nicco Calandrino, Ce’Airra Penniston, and Hannah Whitworth, and great grandchildren, Scott, Malori, Lauren, Fallyn, Aiden, Parker, Jayden, Marshall, Emmy, Colin, Kendyl, Blake, Jake, Atreus, Thalia, and Aida, and great-great grandchild, Domenico.

Clela and Dean resided in San Francisco, CA. from the mid 50s to the early 70s. It was there that Clela provided foster care to many babies who were in transition from state custody to adoption. She once said that it made her feel like “Santa Clause” when she was able to unite a baby with a couple who couldn’t have children of their own. 

In the early 70s, Clela and Dean relocated to Vernon County where they put down permanent roots, raising their family on a small farm north of Nevada. She worked as an aide for the Nevada State Hospital from the early 80s until her retirement in the late 90s. 

Clela was most proud of the longevity of her marriage, having celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary this past June! She stated that she and Dean, “always did everything as a team.” Throughout the years, the couple traveled from coast-to-coast, partaking in extraordinary experiences and beholding the beauty of our nation. 

Clela will be fondly remembered for her crochet work. She seldom went anywhere without her carpet bag filled with colorful balls of yarn and hooks. She’d sit and crochet, working the stitches as she visited. With a family so large, she always had a gift in the works!

Nothing meant more to Clela than her family. Her love lives on in each crocheted gift, each photograph, and every memory.

Clela’s service will be announced at a later date. May God bless her family and friends in this difficult time.

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