Alice's Story

WATERVILLE - Alice R. Mullen, 92, of Waterville, Maine died October 4, 2015, surrounded by loving family following a brief illness. She was born in Columbia Falls, Maine on March 8, 1923, the daughter of Fred and Lillian (Norton) Ramsdell.

Alice graduated from Columbia Falls High School and Husson College. Following graduation, she worked as a service representative for New England Telephone in Bangor. It was at Husson that Alice met her beloved husband Earl Mullen. They were married in 1945 in Las Vegas, where Earl was stationed in the army. The couple returned to Bangor where they raised their family. While residing in the Bangor­/Brewer area, Alice was active in the community as a member of the Jaycee Wives, the Junior League, Shakespeare Club, and All Souls Congregational Church.

When the family moved to Waterville, Maine in 1970, Alice enjoyed her membership in the Waterville Women's Club, the Mid­Maine Medical Center's Auxiliary, and the First Congregational Church of Waterville. She served for 22 years on the board of trustees of the Sunset Home. Alice was a member of the Waterville Country Club, and enjoyed playing golf until she was 85.

In Waterville, Alice pursued her interest in painting and needlework, decorating her home with her creations. She also had an interest in antiques. For many years she participated in neighborhood bridge groups. She loved music and playing the piano, often for the many parties they hosted in Brewer.

Following Earl's retirement, they enjoyed spending part of the winter in Venice, Florida. They spent summers entertaining family and friends at their beloved camp on Messalonskee Lake. Alice and Earl were married for 59 years until his passing in 2004.

She is survived by her sister Winifred Macfarlan of Arlington, Virginia; her son Jim Mullen and his wife Linda of Brewer; her daughter Judy Rowe and her husband Jim of Cape Elizabeth; grandchildren Sarah Mullen and her husband Devin Cough of Scarborough, Katherine Mullen of Portland, Andy Rowe of Portsmouth, NH, Tom Rowe of Portland; her great­granddaughters Alice and Nora Cough of Scarborough; and several nieces and nephews. Her family and friends will always remember her quick wit and sense of humor, her generosity and devotion to her beloved family, and feel blessed to have shared so many happy years with her.

The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the special staff and caregivers at Sedgewood Commons in Falmouth and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.

At Alice's request, there will be no memorial service or visitation.

On­line condolences may be shared at: www.hobbsfuneralhome.com Donations in Alice's memory may be made to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
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