Pamela Procella

Obituary of Pamela Procella

Pamela Jean Wright Procella was born July 6, 1944, in Burbank, California to Otis and Jean Wright (Patterson) and passed away April 24, 2022, after succumbing to heart failure. Pam grew up in southern California, where her father worked for Lockheed. Her parents were natives of the Northwest with her father graduating from the University of Washington in engineering and Pam made many trips to the family home in Yelm. Pam graduated from the University of California School, of Veterinary Medicine at a time when there were few women admitted, and getting into vet school was harder than getting into medical school. After graduation, she joined the Peace Corps where she met her future husband, Frank Procella, and joined him on a project spreading artificial insemination of cattle throughout the Helmand Valley in Afghanistan. Whether it involved driving miles through the desert night to find a nomad camp and deliver a calf that was stuck or being shot at by a crazy man while horseback riding in the desert, or sitting on a bucking horse, she was unflappable. After returning from Afghanistan, the two were married and ranched for several years in San Luis Obispo County in California where they were blessed with the birth of their two sons, Frank and Michael. When her husband Frank received a contract to go to Somalia to develop an artificial insemination program the family packed up with a 4-year-old and a 2-month-old baby and headed to Somalia for a year which subsequently turned into 10 years. Initially, Pam was not working but taking care of their two children but when USAID found out she was a vet she was hired on as an agricultural project manager. She was a super mom and besides work, she was a Cub Scout leader and president of the school board of the American school in Mogadishu. She was also the community vet treating everyone’s pets as well as the occasional injured wild animal. She enjoyed traveling and while in Somalia she traveled extensively with her family to India and Sri Lanka, Europe as well as many other countries in Africa including an overland trip through the Sahara desert to Timbuctoo. When she returned to the US with her family she moved to Bellingham to be close to her aunt Shirley Hawkins and cousin Judy Johnson and family. She and her husband farmed in the Lynden area for a few years before she started working for Shoreside construction as the office manager where she worked for the next 20 years. Even though she has traveled all over the world, her most favorite place was her house in Sudden Valley and cooking up fabulous meals and desserts, reading and doing puzzles and occasionally traveling to Mexico with her cousin Patti and her husband. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Frank, and sons Frank (Gloria) of Covington, Washington and Michael of Burien and grandsons Frank and Daemon, and cousins Patti (Clyde) Hiss of Sudden Valley and Judy (Bruce) Johnson of Bellingham. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Blaine Wright. Memorial Contributions may be given in Pam’s name to Doctors Without Borders Please sign the Book of Memories, Light a candle and leave your condolences for the family at
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