Carmel J. Mullin
"The song is ended, but the melody lingers on. You and the song are gone, but the melody lingers on." - Irving Berlin Carmel Mullin died peacefully on October 15, 2016, with her three daughters by her side. Born to Italian parents in Stockton, California on July 28, 1923, Carmel grew up in the San Francisco Bay area in the town of Antioch. Her young life was shaped by her experiences growing up in the 1930's in proximity to the San Joaquin River. She was a gifted and accomplished pianist who studied with Miss Edna Etolle Hurle of San Francisco. Her love of music remained keen her whole life. On the eve of WWII Carmel gave the valedictorian speech at Antioch High School entitled, "American Youth in a World of Conflict." She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she met her future husband, Bob Mullin. Together Carmel and Bob raised three girls, Leslie, Patty and Robin. Carmel was often in charge of moving the family to a new state or even a new country in accordance with Bob's military service. Carmel's love of antiques took off during their years living in England when Bob was stationed at High Wycombe Air Force Base. She was a "foodie" before the term existed. She loved animals, travel, gardening, cooking, antiques, scrapbooking, cheese and above all, her family. Her creativity found an outlet in stunning needlepoint designs. In later life, Carmel began a serious exploration of her Italian roots, especially her family history on her mother's side. She studied Italian at Gonzaga University so that she could research birth and death records in Italy. Her teacher, Valeria Finucci became her dear friend and traveling companion. Carmel's pursuit of her roots led her and Bob to many adventures near Milan, Italy where she was able to trace her family history and meet new-found relatives. After Bob retired, the two of them continued to study history and languages together while traveling throughout Europe. Carmel was a deeply caring person who had a talent for friendship. She was the kind of person who had a talent for friendship. She was the kind of person who went the extra mile for you. She was generous and faithful to the many friends she made and kept throughout her life, from kindergarten to college, to people she encountered in her travels across the globe. She wrote volumes of thoughtful letters to maintain ties with friends and family. Even in high school, Carmel began writing letters to her pen-pal from Estonia whom she would never meet, but with whom she corresponded for into old age. Carmel was preceded in death by her parents, Angeline Fulton and Frank Fulton, her brothers James Fulton and Leslie Fulton and her beloved husband, Colonel Robert Edward Mullin. She is survived by three daughters: Leslie Mullin (Terry), Patty Mullin and Robin Rudd (Art); eight grandchildren: Tara Mullin; Chris Wulff; Brandon, Brian, Kelly (Courtney), and Loren Rudd; Marissa Breeze (Sam); Max Forman-Mullin; and eight great-grandchildren: Trevor and Ella White; Jacob and Angelina Rudd; Clara, Henry and Louis Breeze; and Elliott Rudd.
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