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.