Ethel May Mullins


Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2006


  Ethel May Mullins

Ethel May Mullins

Soldotna resident Ethel May Mullins died Saturday, May 6, 2006, following a lengthy battle with cancer at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 85.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, May 10 at the Kasilof Eagles Lodge.

Mrs. Mullins was born May 25, 1920, to Cleona and Earl S. Wright in Thorpe, Wash., where she was raised and attended school in Brooklyn, Wash., where she met her future husband, Till Jenkins. Together they had two sons and two daughters and later divorced.

She then married Richard “Dick” Mullins and moved to Indiana where she owned and operated the Blue Deacon Restaurant. After her husband, Dick died, she moved to Texas and all around the country before settling in Alameda, Calif. where she retired after working as a cook at Tillies Restaurant. After retirement, Mrs. Mullins attended school to become a manicurist for several years. She also attended a painting school and became proficient, winning several awards in the Bay area. Mrs. Mullins had also joined a bowling league and won awards for her skills. She then moved to Washington State living in the Grays Harbor, Ocean Shores and Aberdeen areas before moving to Alaska in 1991 and settling in Soldotna in 1993 to be near her sister and son. Mrs. Mullins was a collector of many things and enjoyed crocheting, craftwork, painting and going to garage sales with her friends.

“Ethel’s ever present optimistic attitude and cheerful smile will be greatly missed,” the family said.

Mrs. Mullins was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Betty Seidle; husbands, Till Jenkins and Richard Mullins; sister, Myrtle Logan; and brothers, Leo and Don Wright.

She is survived by her son, William Jenkins of Soldotna; son and daughter in-law, Lance and Pat Jenkins of Brooklyn; daughter and son in-law, Bonnie and Frank Staller of Elma, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, all of Washington; 21 great-grandchildren, all of Washington; sisters, Frances Casey of Soldotna; Pat Newman of Helena, Mont., Leona Pinion of Aberdeen, Wash. and Lorraine Cushing of Rainer, Ore.; many nieces and nephews; as well as life long friend, Cathy Shultz of Palm Springs, Calif., and special friend, Fred Beechey of Wales, UK.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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