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Terry Mullen

October 17, 1919 July 21, 2014
Terry Mullen
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With all the grace and style that she was known for, Terry Mullen left this life at 12:37 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, to return to the side of her Lord. He now has filled his opening for Heaven’s Social Director. Terry was born on October 17, 1919, in Chicago, to Tom and Ann Yager, who gave her strength of purpose and a deep and abiding love of family. Her dad gave her an incredible sense of humor, which she shared with everyone over the course of her life as well as an unquenchable thirst for travel to experience the world. It was undoubtedly her love of life which first attracted a young soldier, Orville Mullen, to her in 1941, and whom she married in 1942, and with whom shared the next 72 years of her life. Together they brought three children into the world, Craig, Kathy (Bill) Butler and Nancy Brand – and later were blessed with six grandchildren (Eric Mullen, Kiri Mullen, Patrick (Heather) Butler, Ryan Butler, Adam Butler and Hannah Brand) and one great grandchild (Avery Butler). What began as a dance at a Chicago YMCA for Terry and Orv, became a true love story with a devoted family grown from these roots. Terry was a member of First United Methodist Church, Peoria, IL, for many years and a member for over 50 years of the Chicago Chapter of the Eastern Star. When she first moved to Peoria, Terry became a member of Newcomers Club where many lifelong friendships were formed. She was a charter member of Willow Knolls Country Club and a dedicated golfer in their Knolls Women’s Golf League – still playing well into her 80’s. She was a member of the Peoria Garden Club. Without her, many of Peoria’s finer shopping establishments would have never survived, and she was well known as an international shopper of the first order. Her love of decorating, which she passed along to each of her children, was reflected in the warmth and style of each of her homes. By her daily example, Terry showed how to be a loving mother, grandmother and mother-in-law, filling the lives of those who have followed her with guidance on how to live life to the fullest, while accepting the challenges that life presents. Although she will always be missed, her family mourns not her passing, but celebrates her wonderful, fun-filled life and the charm she extended to all of those around her. We will remember her funny stories, her memories of trips made, the thousands of photos she was caught laughing in – and her genuine warmth and humor. Her signature adjective “wonderful”, liberally applied, perfectly describes her positive affirmation of life and the many joys she saw in each day. Terry was a unique individual in that she always saw the best in everyone around her, which made her loved and admired by a wide circle of friends. A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m., Friday, October 17, 2014, at First United Methodist Church. Dr. Robert Philips and Pastor Paul Parks will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service also at the church. Entombment was in Resurrection Mausoleum. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Chicago Shriners Hospital for Children, First United Methodist Church of Peoria, or the OSF Hospice. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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