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Passed away on August 27, 2014, in Arlington, VA, at the age of 89. Nell was born in Otoe, IA on July 27, 1925 to Elva and Patrick Pullis. The oldest of 10 children, she was recruited by the FBI at the age of 18 and moved to Washington, DC in 1943. There she met her husband, Robert, they married in 1947 and settled in Alexandria, VA. Robert preceded her in death in 2006.
Bob and Nell had one son, Kenneth (deceased), and raised her two youngest brothers, Michael Pullis (deceased) and Monte (Pat) Pullis following their mother's death in 1958.
After the FBI, Nell worked for the FAA for more than 25 years.
Nell and Bob were active at St. Patrick's Church in Washington, DC, as well as Blessed Sacrament in Alexandria. Nell volunteered at the Smithsonian Institution for more than 20 years following her retirement. She was active with the Seminary Hill Civic Association and the Alexandria Civic Association. Nell was a Toastmistress and trained at the School of Protocol.
Her grandchildren, Shanley and Casey Vetter and daughter-in-law, Cindy Vetter, survive Nell. Siblings Jack (IA), Nancy (NC) and Monte (VA), also survive her.
A viewing will be held at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22302 from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, August, 31. Private burial service for family is scheduled at a future date. You may view her on line obituary and sign her guest registry at:

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Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 30, 2014
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