Hettie Mae Mullins
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Hinkle Family Cemetery
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|Hettie Belle Mullins passed away on December 30, 2011, in Gilbert Arizona. She was born in Falling Rock, West Virginia to Elba H. and Viola Mae (Evans) Hinkle.
Hettie was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her grandchildren; Guy (Tessie) Mullins of Gilbert, Arizona and Robin Riley of Phoenix, Arizona, great-grandchildren; Shane, Zoe, and Casey Mullins and Jennifer and Michael Riley. Hettie was also survived by her son Elbert Darrell Mullins for approximately one month. Her son Darrell passed away on January 28, 2012.
Hettie was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.
Hettie was a resident of Clay County for more than eight decades. Hettie attended the Glen Elementary school with Elbert Mullins whose father “Bun” operated the general store that served the country community at the time. Hettie and Elbert were married in 1935. Hettie’s family organized a house-raising for the newlyweds and built a two-room home for them next door to Elbert’s parents. Over the years Hettie and Elbert expanded and remodeled this home a number of times and lived in it for their entire married lives.
In time, Hettie and Elbert acquired the Mullins family business from Elbert’s parents, and they enjoyed running the general store in Glen for many years. Hettie also gave birth to her first and only child in 1940, just before World War II. When Elbert left to serve his country, Hettie ran the family business by herself including assuming responsibilities as the Glen US Postmaster. Later, Hettie also continued her schooling, studying art through the mail. Hettie was an avid reader of the daily newspaper and listened to news on the radio in her kitchen every morning while preparing family meals. Though Hettie and Elbert owned the first television in the area, Hettie rarely spent much time watching it herself; however, she did host many late night community TV viewing gatherings shortly after it arrived.
Hettie and Elbert both retired in the late 1970s. They purchased a small motor home and spent a good deal of their retirement traveling throughout the United States visiting friends, family, and sightseeing. A frequent destination was to visit their son Darrell and his family in Phoenix, Arizona. During retirement, Hettie also continued to pursue her interests in art, gardening, canning, antique collectibles, quilting, and more.
After Elbert passed away in 1992, Hettie eventually joined her son Darrell and moved to Arizona where she spent the last years of her life. Time with her son and with her extended Arizona family was important to Hettie. In Arizona Hettie made new friends and neighbors, though she continued to stay connected to the many friends and family she left behind in West Virginia, and throughout the country. Hettie Belle Mullins was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Hettie’s graveside service will be 2 pm Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Hinkle Cemetery in Glen with Pastor Darris Barker officiating. Matics Funeral Home Clendenin is in charge of the arrangements.