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Pamela “Pam” Cele Purcell

Mrs. Pamela “Pam” Cele Purcell age 54 of Lebanon passed away February 3, 2022, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She was born in Michigan City, Indiana, September 21, 1967.  She was a 1985 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and was a graduate of Volunteer State Community College.  She was a respiratory therapist and an ECMO specialist for the Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  She was a member of Cook’s United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sandra Hardin Etheridge and Gary Etheridge.

She is survived by her husband of twenty three years, Robert “Bob” Purcell; two children:  Daniel (Cristina) Purcell, Rebecca Purcell Fowler; five grandchildren:  Abigail, Reagan and Baxter Purcell, Jaxson and Kaycie Mae Fowler; sister, Patricia (Brett) Scott; and nieces:  Cassie and Caroline Scott.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 2 p.m. from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Pastor David Goldner officiating.  Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Visitation Tuesday 3-7 p.m. and Wednesday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to any animal rescue or shelter of your choice.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME, in charge of arrangements.

Messages for the Family

  1. Alicia V says:
    Pam will be greatly missed. Sending all my love to support you as you grieve.
  2. Kelly Fleming says:
    Pam always had a smile that gave comfort and love to families and staff! She will be missed by so many. Many prayers for her family and the VCH family that loved her!
  3. Kristen Denmon says:
    Pam was a supporter and lover of all creatures great and small. She taught me how to sit a pump, supported me in some of my lowest moments. I miss her. She gave her heart to her team and to her patients. I am so grateful to have known her.
  4. Christy Worden says:
    I really enjoyed working with Pam. I know she will be missed by so many. I loved her sense of humor. Prayers for her family.
  5. Raye Nell Dyer says:
    Sweet Pam. What a loss this is, especially to the family, but also to all of us. I enjoyed working with her and always felt the patient was in good hands with her medical expertise and compassion. Even in difficult situations, she made us laugh…..and that was always a welcome relief. Thanks be to God for the gift of Pam Purcell.
  6. Heidi Smith says:
    Pam was a staple of our ECMO team and someone that was always willing to do what was necessary for patient care. She would answer the phone it seemed every time I called the ECMO team for another “standby” case – that for me was never just a standby. She’d always say – oh no – good morning Dr, Smith – what do we have today? We’d laugh and then she’d always make sure the team was ready even though it seemed we were always letting them know last minute. We’d sit in the control room and she’d ask how my family was – kids always growing up too fast. Her smile. I wish I could tell her how much I appreciated hearing her voice on the line and seeing her care for my patients. We grew up together per se at VCH over the past 20 years. Thank you Pam, for your service, for your strength and resilience, for your smile and caring, for being on our team. To your family…thank you for sharing Pam with us. We wish we could lessen your grief and pain but know that will come with time and the knowledge that she lived her best life. Prayers for strength and rest.
  7. Diane Holloway says:
    We went to highschool together and she reminded me often. A few years later we ended up at vch together. It was an honor to work with her for all the years. She was so kind. One of few people who could correct you and you still felt loved and appreciated. I loved her heart for her team, her family and animals! May God bless your family with peace!
  8. Jennifer Elks says:
    I had the pleasure of working with Pam for 23 years. She taught me so much about ECMO. She was so kind and always had a calm, sweet spirit. I still have the adorable baby socks she gave me when my first child was born 18 years ago, they say “I love Mom.” I will miss her and her smile. I hope her family can find some comfort knowing how loved she was and how many people she impacted through her life and career. Prayers for all who loved her.
  9. Bevan Londergan says:
    Pam was a wonderful colleague and friend, and we miss her dearly. Donations have been made in her memory to Wags and Walks and the Humane Society of Nashville by her friends in pediatric cardiac anesthesia.