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Helen Mullen


December 6, 1921
November 7, 2018

Visitation 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Monday, November 12, 2018 - Day Macz Funeral Home, Patoka
Funeral 12:00 P.M. Monday, November 12, 2018 - Day Macz Funeral Home, Patoka

Helen Aliece Mullen, also “Mom Mullen”, 96, of Patoka, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at her home, with her loving family by her side. A woman of small stature but as caring and dedicated as they come, always put the needs of others before herself.

Mrs. Mullen was born December 6, 1921, at home in Patoka, Illinois, a daughter of Isaac Isaiah and Mary Almira (Lucas) Walker. She was the 11th out of 13 children and the last remaining sibling.

Helen graduated from Patoka High School in 1938, which was a 3 year high school. The following year she finished her education at Sandoval High School, graduating in 1939.

On December 8, 1940 in Union, Missouri, she married the love of her life, Harry Dean Mullen. They shared over 65 wonderful years together before he preceded her in death on November 23, 2006. There hasn’t been a day since then that she hasn’t remembered and talked about special memories they shared.
She had lived in Patoka most all of her life, being born and raised at the homeplace next to her current farm.

Helen was a devoted wife, wonderful mother and an amazing grandmother. As family, you knew you could always be assured to leave with a full stomach, a soft hug and a warm heart as she always made you feel like the most special person in the world.
Helen enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. She loved playing cards, especially pinochle. Helen started all the grandkids on Skipbo early on and as they got older, Helen and Harry taught them how to play pinochle. Helen liked embroidering quilt pieces and had made each one of her grandchildren a quilt for a special occasion. She also made the quilts for the Magassi Cemetery raffle for many years. Helen was an incredible cook, with recipes that called for her own dash, pinch or smidgen. Some of her family’s favorites were homemade noodles, dressing, pies, and sugar cookies. In later years, she enjoyed watching the birds that came to her feeders, always being excited to see a Cardinal. More than anything, Helen loved spending time with her family and enjoyed their family get togethers.

Helen is survived by her four children, Patricia Ann Nattier and husband, George, of Salem, Jack Walker Mullen, of Patoka, Sarah Jane Myers, of Wellsville, Missouri and James Harry “Jim” Mullen and wife, Pam, of McLean; nine grandchildren and spouses, Larry Lee and Nancy Nattier, of Orchardville; Carla Beth and Gary Barkley, of Woodbridge, Virginia; Amy Sue Mullen and Jared Blue and Susan Mullen, of Edmond, Oklahoma, Howard Jason and Erin Myers, of Rocky Mount, Virginia, Jill Ann Myers, of Wellsville, Missouri, Jennifer Aliece and Tim Rechtin, of St. Louis, Missouri and Mindy Lee and Nate McMillan and Curtis Dean Mullen and Jamie Springer, of Heyworth; twelve great-grandchildren, Kristen Aliece and Tytus Banker, Brittany Lee and Nick Kolomyjec, Molly Jane Barkley, Adeline Grace Mullen, Addison Elisabeth and Howard Blake Myers, Jane Ann, Ella Grace and Louis Kent Rechtin, Maura Claire, Charlotte Kay and Truett Walker McMillan; great-great granddaughter, Hannah Banker; sister-in-law, Lucille Walker, of Patoka; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry Dean Mullen; daughter, Martha Dean Mullen; granddaughter, Mary Kay Mullen; son-in-law, Howard Kent Myers; special friend, Linda Forehand; seven brothers, Claud Lucas, Bert Maurice, Lucas Isaac , Glenn Malcolm, Paul Wesley, Amel Dean and Earl Deneen Walker and five sisters, Lela Elizabeth Wortman, Effie Belle Bricker, Mabel Marie Oates, Anna Laura Crawford and Nina Blanche Bodine.

Her family is going to feel a significant loss losing the matriarch of the family and the one who loved and supported each of them unconditionally. But, there will be a sense of peace knowing that she is now reunited in heaven with her husband.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon, Monday, November 12th at Day Macz Funeral Home in Patoka. Rev. Dave Rogers will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service, Monday, at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Magassi Cemetery, west of Patoka. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons, Gary Barkley, Nate McMillan, Blue Mullen, Curtis Mullen, Jason Myers, Larry Nattier and Tim Rechtin.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Magassi Cemetery.

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