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Mary Louise Osborne Mullens
Date of Birth : August 2, 1922
Date of Death : June 23, 2019

Mary Louise Osborne Mullens, 96, died peacefully on June 23, 2019. She was born on August 2, 1922 to the late Hallie May Belcher Osborne and Claude Hamilton Osborne.

She graduated in 1940 from Charleston High School and rarely missed a reunion. She attended the Charleston School of Commerce and worked for the WV Public Service Commission. On Dec. 28, 1943, she married the love of her life, Basil Giles Mullens, and began her family. She was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, where she organized nursery volunteers for Sunday mornings and, with her husband, led Jr. High Fellowship groups. She enjoyed Presbyterian Women Circles, was a Brownie troup leader, assisted with swim meets, enjoyed tennis, bridge, and being with her family and friends every Friday night at 5 o’clock. She was a pillar of support for her husband, children and all of their endeavors. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were embraced by her with joy and love.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Basil; her brothers, Rome C. Osborne (Jean) and James Robert Osborne (Shirley); close friend, Tom Bettinger; and great grandson, Marcus Taylor Kelley.

Mary is survived by her children: Robert Michael Mullens of Elkins, Karen Louise Scherr (Jim) of Charleston, and Mary Beth Wilson (Tracy) of Given; grandchildren: Michael MacCorkle (Lisa), Jarrett Suter-Mullens, Corinne Stuart (Ryan), Reed Layne (Loni), Stephen Smoot (Regina), Jason Smoot, Stacy Shamblin (Michael), and Travis Wilson; great-grandchildren: Lisa and Allie MacCorkle, Lincoln, Eliza, and Charlotte Stuart, Emily Young (Matt), Jared Smoot, Matthew Emerick Jr., Alex and Michael Shamblin, and Tristin and Brooke Wilson. The many nieces and nephews of Mary were cherished and enjoyed throughout her lifetime.

A memorial service will be Saturday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m., with visitation at 12:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Charleston.

The family wishes to thank the caregiving ‘angels’ and staff of Meadowbrook Acres Nursing Home and of Edgewood Summit’s The Ridgemont.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV, 25301-2402, with special consideration for the mission work of the church.

Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.barlowbonsall.com.

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Betsie Marshall Dobbs , Posted on 18 Jul 2019
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Karen, Mary Beth and Mike, How sad I was to hear of Mary Louise’s passing. I am sooo sorry for your tremendous loss. What a great woman she was. I cherish all the memories I have of time spent with your whole family. Please know that I am thinking of all of you at this tough time and wish nothing but the best for all of you in the future. With ALL my love, Betsie
Mary L. , Posted on 30 Aug 2019
Charleston, West Virginia
To Mike, Karen & Mary Beth... What a lovely woman you had to call mother. I did not know of her passing until now. On a FPC Fellowship trip many years ago, I was struck by your mom’s good cheer and youthful demeanor. She was right in the center of activity with humor and help for all. Wishing you all the best!
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