Deborah (Morris) Mullen

Deborah (Morris) Mullen, 68, formerly of Fall River, passed away from gall bladder cancer on December 31st, 2020. She was the only child to the late Ronald Morris and the late Frances (Banas) Morris both of Fall River. Debbie is survived by her son Sean Mullen of Stoughton and his wife Jennifer (Moura) Mullen; and her daughter Jennifer (Mullen) Croke of Wrentham and her wife Megan Park. The loves of Debbie’s life were her grandchildren; Tyler Mullen and his new wife Paige, Jaden Mullen, Emily Mullen, Gavin Croke, Kaemon Park and Ezra Park.
Debbie worked as a dental hygienist for over 40 years and you would never find her without floss in her purse or her water pick in her travel bag. She enjoyed her well deserved vacations traveling with her family to the cape and treating us all to a dream vacation to Atlantis to commemorate her 60th birthday. She was predeceased by her best friend, world travel buddy, and partner in crime Lorrie Ferry of Canton. Over the past several years she spent her winters in Bonita Springs where she met a whole new group of pool lounging besties. She loved a decent glass of wine paired with a good greasy burger and fries. She was unpretentious and made no apologies for her guilty pleasure of smoking cigarettes on the balcony. She loved lousy reality tv, coffee at all times of day, and sitting in her sand chair at the edge of the beach reading her favorite books. She was honest. She was loyal. She was fiercely independent. She had a huge heart and was protective of her family, but if you really knew her you also knew that she never minced words. She was blunt and opinionated and as stubborn as an ox. That’s what made her special, one of a kind. She lead a simple private life, she didn’t want or need for much. We always wished for her that she would get that bungalow on the beach that she often spoke of, the one with a couple rescue dogs and a small garden and farm. We will think of her every time we smell the sea breeze and pick up seashells from the sand. That’s how we will envision her, aging by the sea in Marion, arranging happy hour cocktails with her friends and trading books with neighbors, instead of being taken from us much too soon.
Debbie passed peacefully in her daughter’s home surrounded by the thing that mattered to her most, her family. May you all live for the day, there are no promises for tomorrow. In lieu of flowers she would have been happy for any donation in her name at either St. Jude’s Children’s hospital or the MSPCA. Unfortunately during these restricted times we will not be able to hold a memorial service.


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  1. Amy Sherman on January 4, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    This a lovely eulogy and it captures Debbie perfectly. Sending my deepest sympathy and love to all of you.

  2. Bev Pellegrino on January 4, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    I am so terribly sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend. I am so glad my family got to know her and her family.

  3. Meg DiMascio on January 4, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    What a beautiful tribute. I wish I got a beach day with your mom. She sounds like my kinda gal. Love you to the moon. Here today, tomorrow and always for my dear friends Jenn & Meg…Xxoo

  4. Todd and Shila Duffy on January 4, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    A beautiful written eulogy. We look forward to spending time with her family and toasting her on the beach!

  5. Helen Mitchell on January 4, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Sean and family… Jenn and family… my heartfelt condolences to all of you… haven’t seen your mom in eons.. but I will always remember our times in the Little league fields of Stoughton… she was a wonderful person.. you were lucky to have had her in your lives.. and I was lucky to have known her…lovely tribute…

  6. Georgeann Lewis on January 4, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    That was beautifully written. I never met her, but now feel I know so much about her. Reminds me of someone else I know. God bless you all.

    Deepest Sympathies,
    Georgeann Lewis

  7. Jeannie Sophis on January 5, 2021 at 12:09 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss Jen, Sean and families. I just heard about your mother’s passing yesterday and was shocked. Three years ago yesterday Debbie was the one who delivered the news to me about Lorrie’s passing. Too many friends leaving this earth way before their time. Debbie is in good company and I’m sure Lorrie was there to meet her waiting to see what mischief they could get into in heaven.

  8. Jim Moran on January 5, 2021 at 12:32 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. I’ll always remember her radiant smile while she cheered at the softball games. She brought joy to each & every tournament. She’ll be missed by many, but never forgotten. She was a great woman with a beautiful family. May she Rest In Peace ❤️

  9. Jerry winkler on January 5, 2021 at 12:40 am

    So sorry about Debbie. she was one of my all time great hygienists and and utter joy to all my patients..She will be missed by all,,,Jerry Winkler

  10. Paul and Mary Shea on January 5, 2021 at 1:00 am

    What a beautiful tribute. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family Jen. So many wonderful memories of all the softball games and weekend tournament’s we spent together! She was always smiling and cheering for everyone!! I hope you find comfort in your memories to help you through this difficult time. May she rest in peace.
    Love Paul and Mary

  11. Christine Carr on January 5, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Reading this brings to mind the many traits I have seen to be so contagious and appealing in you, Emily.
    May those close to you share warmth, love, laughter, and fond memories.
    My heart goes to you, Dear Girl and to all of your family too,
    Ever So Warmly,
    Ms. (Chrissy K.) Carr

  12. Judy Webb on January 5, 2021 at 2:34 am

    Dear Sean, Jenn and family: I am so very sorry for this big loss in your lives; A lot of suffering that unleashed a lot more love. How wonderful that you took such tender care for her. She was blessed to have you and you were blessed to love her. Will keep praying as these months ahead will be hard too.

  13. Dorothy moura on January 6, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Dear Sean, Jen, Jenny , Meg and all the grand children what a tribute to mom u did she is smiling down and pissed at the same time you know how private she was but I think she would have loved this. I loved having Deb as my daughters mother in law, and the grandma to my grand children they loved her very much. Emily remember the day you both got your matching tattoo grandma is with u always. The hardest thing is to say goodbye to someone who has been there all your life but mom would want u all to celebrate her life and not dwell on her passing. You were all with her to the end and able to say goodbye keep all ur memories close to ur heart for she will always be with u. I will miss our birthdays for she was a day older than me. Deb love u and I know u will watch over all of us. Thank u for being u❤️❤️

  14. Suzanne Burke on January 7, 2021 at 2:30 am

    Jenn and family I am so very sorry for your loss. She sounded like my kind of gal and will be missed by many.

  15. Terry OConnor on January 8, 2021 at 2:33 am

    Jenn, Sean and family – I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of such a special person in all your lives.
    Losing someone is not easy – hold onto all the wonderful memories that you have. You were all so good to her snd I know that you made it so much easier for her to say goodbye! Take the time to grieve – and take good care of yourselves.

  16. Paul and Vicki Gustavson on January 8, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Dear Jen and family, our deepest sympathy for the loss of such a fun and lively person! We always enjoyed her company! Your great memories will help you through this -remember to smile when you think of your mom, Deb, Grandma…friend….
    Our love,
    Poncho and Thevic

  17. Ed Langford on January 14, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Very touching eulogy and is so true . Met Deb in Florida only knew her for a few years but she had a great smile and always made me laugh .My last memory of Deb was on Barefoot Beach where she was always happy . She always talked of her family who she loved and of her friends back home . Deb will be missed by all .
    Condolences to all her family and friends .

  18. Walter Sonski and Michele Santos on January 17, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Jen Shawn and all your family Debbie was my cousin but more like a sister to me.We had a wonderful childhood together back when times were simpler.Debbie was the most kindhearted person you good imagine and would give anyone the shirt off her back.I know you guys took great care of her and she is in my thoughts and prayers as well as Michele every day..I know Deb is in heaven now sitting in her sand chair. Hope to see and hear from you guys soon.Gone way to soon Deb always enjoyed life to the fullest.Beautiful eulogy written for a beautifil Mom.Cousin Walter and Michele.

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