Elizabeth "Betty" Mullen, 90, died Jan. 3 at Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Milford after years of battling multiple illnesses.
She was born Feb. 6, 1922, in New York City. Shortly after graduating from Cathedral High School in Manhattan as a member of the National Honor Society and the National Latin Honor Society, she married the love of her life, John "Jack" Mullen.
Mr. Mullen was her next-door neighbor when they were growing up and they were inseparable. After 70 years of marriage, he died in March 2010. They had three children, Elizabeth, Eileen and Thomas, who predeceased her in 2003.
Mrs. Mullen was active in politics for most of her adult life and was a "Rock Rib Republican."
She served as registrar of voters in Redding prior to moving to Washington.
More than anything, she loved family and friends with a passion. They all knew that they could confide in her. Never a word was spoken out of confidence.
Mrs. Mullen loved animals of all species, but her heart belonged especially to cats.
As Eileen was a Pan Am flight attendant, Mrs. Mullen took advantage of that to travel the world whenever possible. Her favorite excursions were to Hong Kong and an African safari.
In addition to her daughters, Mrs. Mullen is survived by a sister, Theresa Oswald, of Massachusetts; a niece, Lizzy-O Bose, of Massachusetts; three granddaughters, Elizabeth Carlson, Suzanne Gordon and Eileen C. Mullen; and four great-grandchildren, Sarah, Anne, Robin and Patrick; and her favorite beau, John Carlson
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Washington.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to a favorite animal shelter, or an act of kindness.