Mary Claire Mullins, 91, seasonal resident of Arbor Vitae, died May 30, 2014, at her home in Manitowoc.
Mary Claire was born May 2, 1923, in Manitowoc, the daughter of the late Elmer and Leona (Grady) Barnes. She was a 1941 graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc. On June 1, 1946, she married Justin “Jim” Mullins. He preceded her in death on May 19, 1993. Mary Claire was employed as a hospital psychiatric technician. She later worked in nursing home activities, retiring in 1993 to care for her husband. Mary Claire was dedicated to and loved her family, her greatest joy, above all else. Her deep faith was expressed through many ministries at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc, including serving as a song leader for over 20 years. Mary Claire supported and volunteered with numerous community organizations. She was an advocate for social justice. She received the 2005 YWCA Families of Distinction Award, as well as the 2008 Felician Award for excellence in service to the elderly.
Mary Claire appreciated the natural beauty and wildlife of the Northwoods. For decades, Mary Claire, Jim, and their family made memories at Little Arbor Vitae Resort, purchasing a cabin on the lake in the late 1980s. Mary Claire delighted in spending time there with family and friends, fishing, camping, going for canoe and boat rides, and exploring the area. She worshiped at Holy Family Catholic Church and Our Lady Queen of the Universe in Woodruff. Even as Mary Claire approached 90 years of age, she traveled with family members to enjoy time at the cabin. After her husband’s passing, she established an annual tradition of writing a letter to be read aloud at the family’s deer camp.
Mary Claire is loved and missed by her 12 children, 14 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law; daughters- and sons-in-law; grandchildren-in-law; nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and neighbors and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter-in-law.
Funeral services celebrating Mary Claire’s life and resurrection have been held in Manitowoc.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered at www.pfefferfuneralhome.com.