Life on a farm seemed a remote possibility to Paula, growing up as a city girl, and yet that is where she spent almost 65 years. Paula passed away peacefully at the family farm on November 3, 2011 surrounded by her family.
Paula, the oldest of four children, was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on August 31, 1924 to Josephine C. Gasperi and Ernest L. Woolsey. Paula graduated from high school then attended Lenore Benolken Art School and the University of Omaha.
She majored in art and merchandising then became an advertising manager for a large store in Southwestern Iowa. Her work included layouts and copywriting for advertisements in various newspapers and magazines. She also covered publicity for the War Bond shows that toured the United States during the war years. Paula met Donald Buckley when he was in the Midwest with his B-17 crew before Don and his crew flew off to England.
After World War II, Paula lived in Portland, Oregon, with an aunt and uncle. She worked at advertising agencies writing advertising copy and scripts for radio shows. Don and Paula were married in St. Francis Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa on May 3, 1947. She moved to the family farm in Lowden and there they raised their six children in the same house in which Don lived as a child.
Paula was a gifted artist, who painted watercolors and acrylics of the landscapes surrounding the family farm. Her artwork adorns the walls in the homes of family and friends. In recent years, Paula's favorite pastimes were spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Paula loved swimming, golf, reading and in earlier days bowling and sewing. She was a 4-H leader for 20 years, a charter bridge club member of Lo-Wa-To for 40 years and a member of the Lowden Study Club. Paula was a member of PEO Chapter AD, YMCA, YWCA, Walla Walla Country Club (Lifetime Member) and Lady Elks.
She and Don loved to travel and made many exciting trips abroad. Her keen eye for art led to the acquisition of artwork from many of the countries that they visited.
Her mother, Josephine; her father, Ernest; her brother Ernest and loving husband of 61 years, Donald, preceded her in death. Paula is survived by her sister, Patricia Meier of Omaha, Nebraska, and her brother Lawrence Woolsey of Vancouver, Washington; her children, Pamela (Dan Mildon) of Kennewick, Melinda of Seattle, Camille (P. J. De Benedetti) of Moses Lake, Gregory (Cindy) of Lowden, Michael (Sandy) of Walla Walla and Madeline of Lowden. She leaves behind 11 grandchildren, Melissa Grytdal, Stephanie Cossalman, Douglas Mildon, John De Benedetti, Nick De Benedetti, Lucas Buckley, Jula Brown, Kayla Buckley, Alexis Buckley, Alyson Buckley and Bryce Buckley and three great grandchildren, Petra Cossalman, James Mildon and Aylen Garnett and numerous nieces and nephews. Paula is also survived by close friend Angela Williams.
Viewing and visitation will be held at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2011. The funeral will be held Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. The interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. Paula's family would like to thank Bruce Barga, MD, Adventist Health Home Care Services as well as Walla Walla Community Hospice for the excellent care of their mother. The family requests that donations in her name be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or donor's choice through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.