Obituaries: Sara "Sally" Elizabeth Cunningham Mullen(1923-2008)

March 13, 2008 11:00 pm

Sara Elizabeth Mullen, known to all her friends as "Sally," died March 8 at the age of 84.

Sally was a longtime resident of Grants Pass, Ore., and before that Crescent City. She was born Nov. 18, 1923, in Riverside and as a young woman enjoyed sailing at Balboa and summering at Lake Arrowhead. She attended Glendale College, then went on to work for Sear's personnel department. In 1945 she moved with her family to the Klamath Glen, a few miles up river from Klamath.

The Klamath Glen was a wild and magical place where she settled into a new life, as far removed from her early "city-girl" life as one could imagine.

Sally worked at her parent's Redwood Rest Resort and then at A.K. Wilson Lumber Company. There she met her future husband, Pete Mullen.

Together, Pete and Sally built a home in the Klamath Glen and started their own family with the arrival of Christy in 1949, Candy in 1951 and Margy in 1953. In 1953 the Mullen family moved to Crescent City. Sally was active with the Women's Elks Club, and worked as a medical assistant for Dr. Sykes and Dr. Hart.

In 1971, Pete and Sally moved north to Grants Pass. She loved the warm summers in Southern Oregon and the highlights each year were the weeks and months when grandson Sean came to stay.

Sally was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Mullen, in March 2000. She is survived by her daughters Christy Hill (Allan) of White City, Ore., Candy Bretschneider (Dale) of Mercer Island, Wash., and Margy Mullen, White City; grandson Dr. Sean Bretschneider DVM (Keri) of Eugene, Ore., and great-grandchildren, Clare, Tessa and Leo.

Internment will be at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. The family will hold a private memorial to celebrate her life. Remembrances may be made to the Hydrocephalus Association, 870 Market St., Suite 705, San Francisco, CA 94102.