MARY A. MULLEN

January 4, 2023

MARY A. MULLEN

Mary A. Mullen – of Woburn, died peacefully, January 4th at the age of 69, with her family at her side, after a brief illness. Beloved daughter of the late William and Sabina (Dalba) Mullen. Cherished sister of William G. “Billy” Mullen III, Esq., of Woburn and the late Dr. Paula M. Mullen. Treasured niece of Geraldine “Cooki” Gaspar, Marie DeVellis, both of Wakefield and Theresa D’Alba of Malden. Loving cousin of Paul Dalba, Betty Ananian, James DeVellis, John Gaspar, Paul DeVellis, Rosemarie Moehring, and Kristen Gaspar. Mary is also survived by many loving friends, especially Maureen Maguire Buckley. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Thursday, January 12th at 11 a.m., followed by interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Wednesday, January 11th from 4-8 p.m.

Mary A. Mullen, a lifelong resident of Woburn and a Wakefield educator, passed away amongst her beloved family Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.  The Loving daughter of the late William and Sabina (D’Alba) Mullen, she was sixty- nine years of age.

Born in Cambridge, MA, Mary was one of three children born into the Mullen family.  The Mullen’s moved to the West Side of Woburn in 1963. Mary attended the Tarky School, then the Kennedy Jr. High School, eventually graduating from Woburn High School along with the Class of 1971.

All throughout her schooling years, Mary was very active in sports.  She arrived at WHS where she co-captained the field hockey team in her senior year, playing as goalie for all four years. In the spring time, it was on to the softball field, where Mary was the catcher for the team for all four years.

Mary carried on her education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she studied business and finance. Following UMASS, she entered the working world, securing herself a position at Gibbs Petroleum, where she was a “floating” Manager throughout the state. Later, Mary moved on to the Southland Corporation, as an Auditor, for Seven-Eleven stores. It was here that she oversaw the financial operations of each sture. 

After several decades in the business world, Mary decided to return to Cambridge College, where she  would receive her degree in Education.  This decision would prove to be the road where Mary would shine the most in her career.

The Northeast Regional Vocational High School was the lucky recipient of Mary’s professional expertise.  This chapter as an educator of young minds truly gave Mary great joy and satisfaction. In the Computer Science Department, she taught students skills in building  computers themselves, and then programming them!  Mary’s school day never really ended early. She was very involved in the everyday life of the school even outside of the classroom. Her availability to the kids and teachers was extraordinary.  She coached the Junior Varsity field hockey team in Wakefield, enjoying every minute!

Throughout her entire life, Mary was quite active. As a child throughout adulthood Mary avidly skied many of the slopes of New Hampshire.  She and a host of her friends would rent Ski Chalets and conquer the mountains! 

Travelling was a huge part of Mary’s life. She traveled with her family on separate cruises to Alaska and Europe. She enjoyed many great times in Aruba, Las Vegas, Spain, and a river cruise in Germany. The highlight was a safari to South Africa with her cousins in 2018. Her favorite travel, however, was north from Woburn to Hampton Beach, NH where she spent many summers with her closest friends.

Mary had a unique ability to make people laugh. Her dry humor was infectious.  Her genuine kindness, concern, appreciation of, and for others, was like no other.  Whether you saw Mary every day or once in a “blue moon,” her greetings were the same, a huge smile and a big hug, with spirited and funny chatter to follow! She was always interested in what was going on in your world. When you left her company, you felt happy and better about yourself, as she lifted your spirits!

Mary’s life was an adventure.  From her childhood to sadly, January fourth of this year, Mary lived each day to the fullest. She derived great pride and happiness from her family. Mary’s brother Billy, and late sister Paula, were always the “three amigos” in every part of their lives. Despite their separate paths and interests, their sibling bond kept them connected and their love was unconditional.

Mary touched the lives of so many people.  Her heart was genuine and full of love. Those who knew Mary, and had the privilege to share in her journey, have been the recipients of a very special gift.  Rest in peace Mary.

Beloved daughter of the late William and Sabina (Dalba) Mullen. Cherished sister of William G. “Billy” Mullen III, Esq., of Woburn and the late Dr. Paula M. Mullen. Treasured niece of Geraldine “Cooki” Gaspar, Marie DeVellis, both of Wakefield and Theresa D’Alba of Malden. Loving cousin of Paul Dalba, Betty Ananian, James DeVellis, John Gaspar, Paul DeVellis, Rosemarie Moehring, and Kristen Gaspar. Mary is also survived by many loving friends, especially Maureen Maguire Buckley. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Thursday, January 12th at 11 a.m., followed by interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Wednesday, January 11th from 4-8.

 

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Thursday, January 12th at 11 a.m., followed by interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Wednesday, January 11th from 4-8 p.m.

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  1. I was very sad to hear of Mary’s death. May she rest in eternal peace. I graduated with Mary in 1971 from Woburn High School. I saw her in October 2005 at the Boston Garden when Barbara Streisand was appearing.

    Janet (Schecowicz) O’Connor

  2. William and the entire Mullen Family …. May God Wrap his loving arms around Mary and welcome her into the Kingdom of Heaven where she will live in eternal Peace with the Lord. We continue to pray for the Lord to give you the strength and courage to walk this path and to know that he is right there beside you. All our Love.
    The Sorenson Family.

  3. Dear Billy,
    We are thinking about you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss, and send you our love.

  4. Kevin O’Rourke

    So sorry to learn of Mary’s passing, remember her as a true character, full of fun and a genuine human being, she will be missed!recalling her easily brings a smile to my face! It was my good fortune to have known her during our high school years, again, my condolences to Mary’s family and loved ones!

  5. Hi Bill,

    My condolences to you and your family. Cherish those beautiful memories you and your sister shared. May you find solace in the difficult days to come.

  6. Elaine Martello Paradis

    I am beyond saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a talented and hard working athlete. Funny and smart, she could spin a joke out of every situation. Mary had an uncanny ability recalling tidbits from her, and Paula’s, student-athlete experience. She was a truly good human. Here’s to you, Mary…

  7. Dianne Connor Carbone

    I will always remember that smile. It lit up a room and brought a smile to my face. Mary was an outstanding athlete as was her wonderful sister Paula. Paula was a teammate of mine in High School, an amazing woman as well. You were blessed if you were lucky enough to have crossed paths with these special ladies. Must have been quite a reunion at the gates of heaven.
    Dianne Connor Carbone

  8. I was a friend of Mary and Paula when we were kids in Middle School. I can still remember going out in the field behind your house on Grant Ave and hitting baseballs! In later years we would discuss our teaching experiences. Both had a wonderful sense of humor and were kind to everyone.

  9. Rest in peace dear cousin. We have many happy memories. Love and prayers to our family.

  10. Dear Billy,
    I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved sister, Mary.
    It is difficult to think I was playing golf with her just a few months ago.
    In a family of kind, generous, welcoming, and hilarious people, Mary certainly stood out. Her wonderful sense of humor and kindness were what I truly appreciated.
    I believe she now is laughing again, as she is reunited with Paula, and your Mom and Dad. That reunion must have been incredible!
    Mary has left a strong legacy of a life well-lived. I will miss her, but always think of her with a smile.
    Love, Kate Martin

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