Elizabeth “Betty” Durkin Mullen, age 87, of Amelia Island, FL passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Osprey Village.
Born on July 16, 1929, in Horden County, Durham, England, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Margaret Doyle Durkin. She earned a nursing degree in South Yorkshire, England where she began nursing in 1948. She later met her future husband, James “Jim” Patrick Mullen, at a hospital dance whom she would marry a year later. In 1968 they moved to Atlanta, GA where in 1970 her husband founded Mullen Packaging Company and Mrs. Mullen continued her career in nursing. The Mullens sold their business in 1996 and moved to Amelia Island.
Mrs. Mullen loved music, especially Irish dance and sing-a-long songs. She was devoted to her Catholic Faith and was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.
She had many favorite causes including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nassau County, the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC), St. Michael’s Academy and always loved to have visits from the children.
Mrs. Mullen is predeceased by her husband, Jim, who passed away in 2004, her sisters, Moya, Margaret and Patricia and her brothers, Anthony and John.
She is survived by a brother, Michael (Pat) Durkin, South York, England, a sister-in-law, Catherine Gunhouse of Atlanta, GA and many nieces and nephews.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 505 Broome Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 with the Reverend Father Richard Perko, Celebrant.
Mrs. Mullen will be laid to rest beside her husband in Bosque Bello Cemetery.