Helen Marianne McMullen passed away peacefully on February 25, 2016. Family will receive friends from noon-1:30 PM, on Saturday, March 5, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11822 Holmes Rd., KCMO. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 1:30 PM at the church.
Marianne was born in Kansas City, MO, to Helen Byrne and Clement J. McCormick. She attended Loretto Grade School, Bishop Lillis High School, and College of St. Teresa. Marianne was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 64 years, Edward L. McMullen. She leaves behind their children, Michael McMullen (Maureen), Mary McMullen-Light (Gary), Mark McMullen, and Marcia McMullen; and her grandchildren, Brendan and Ellie Light.
In her life as a devoted mother and community volunteer, Marianne served as a perpetual room mother and carpool driver for her children, a Brownie leader, and active PTA member at a St. Peter’s Grade School. She also assumed leadership roles as President of the St. Teresa’s Academy Mother’s Guild (twice), President of the Rockhurst High School Mother’s Club, President of the Rockhurst College Circle, and member of the Notre Dame Auxiliary. Her volunteerism focused on Catholic causes and charities.
She also loved entertaining and was noted for her fabulous cooking and signature dishes. Her passion for cooking led to a 10-year career at Halls Crown Center in the Kitchenworks department where she shined as a culinary resource for her customers. She cherished her Irish heritage and never missed celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with family and friends.
Marianne’s deep and steadfast faith and buoyant optimism carried her through all adversity. She had a lifelong devotion to the Blessed Virgin evidenced through her vibrant spiritual life. She forged powerful relationships with everyone she knew at every point in her life. She was known for a radiant love that drew people near in authentic and generous ways, making them feel that they were important to her, which, of course, they were. Many will long remember her twinkling eyes and beautiful smile.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Belinda Vail, Dr. Charles Porter, Dr. Talal Kahn, and Dr. Lynn Roh of KU Medical Center for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts made in Marianne’s name to Children’s Mercy Hospital and to Little Sisters of the Poor in KCMO. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.