Salem, CT - On the cool winter night of Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, my beloved wife, Deborah Carole Mullin, 36, was granted peace from her pain. She spent her last months where she wanted to be, at home, surrounded by friends and family. She was in the loving care of her sister, Donna Hepler; in-laws, Donald and Bryn Mullin; daughter, Allyssa; husband, Christopher; faithful cat, Jeannie; and many wonderful people from Hospice. Breast cancer may have taken her life but not her spirit. She stayed strong and positive until she made peace with the situation.
Deborah is survived by her husband, Chris and daughter, Allyssa Skelton. Also providing support are Allyssa's father, Donnie Skelton and his wife, Laura, and their children, Michael and Katie, all of Niantic, and their loving families. She is also survived by her in-laws, Donald and Bryn Mullin of Salem; her sister-in-law, Beth Cote, her husband, Ryan, and their daughter, Emma, all of Saco, Maine; her sister, Donna Hepler, her husband, Bob, and their children, Kuria, Zoe and Ian, all of Houston, Tex.; her brother, David, his wife, Betsy, and their children, Zachary, Connor, and Ethan, all of Waterford; her father, Duane Lewis and his companion, Betty-Ann Halfinger, of Higganum; her mother, Dawne Lewis and her companion of Cosby, Tenn.; and numerous extended family members and friends.
Deborah wanted to thank her father-in-law, Don, who tirelessly took her to treatments and appointments and was her activist and her best friend looking out for her best interests.
After her graduation from East Lyme High Sschool in 1991, she went to Mohegan College for a degree in business administration. Deb worked for Vancom/Laidlaw Bus Services while raising her daughter. There, she made many lasting friendships. Upon completion of her degree, she took a job as assistant account manager for Sava Insurance in Waterford, which she held until her illness became too much. It's hard to put into words the appreciation and gratitude her family has for this group. They were always able to make Deb smile. She was honored when the girls walked the Terri Brodeur Cancer Walk in support of her. They were there for her like family, and for that we are forever indebted.
The family would be remiss not to recognize the wonderful care and support of Dr. Hellman, the "chemo-angels" and the staff at Oncology and Hematology in New London, as well as the entire staff at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
A chapel service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. Interment will follow in the Salem Green Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 785, New London CT 06320 or to Hospice of SECT, 227 Dunham St., Norwich CT 06360.
For online condolences, please visit auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Day on 2/4/2009 www.theday.com