Phyllis Mullins of Pine City passed away Tuesday morning at her home in Pine City at the age of 85.
Phyllis was born May 4, 1929 to William and Helen Wimmer on the family farm southwest of Pine City then later moved to the Joe Plessel farm. She had 15 siblings. She worked hard on the farm starting at a young age doing mostly outside work so she never really learned how to sew or knit but she did learn how to cook. She was a cook for many years and was very good at it!
She had to walk to country school and mostly had lard or syrup sandwiches for lunch. Her sister Darlyne recalls the school always had a jar of peanut butter in the library. Phyllis took a big heaping spoonful and almost choked. She went to school through the 8th grade. Most of the time she wore dresses made from flour sacks and heavy brown stockings that were held up by fruit jar rings. How uncomfortable that must have been.
She got her first job at Petchel’s Cafe doing dishes, then salad maker and later cook. She made $1 a day in which it took her a month to save for a winter coat that cost her $7.
She met Donald when she worked at the Topic Ballroom. She had to wear spike high heels and in later years she often wondered how she was able to do that. Every chance she got a break she was always dancing. She loved it!
Donald and Phyllis were married July 23, 1947 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
She lost her first child but then was blessed with Don, Kathy and Marci. She has six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one precious little great-great-grandchild. She loved them dearly.
Phyllis loved to play solitaire and do crossword puzzles. She even liked to play a little pull tabs. She also won $100 playing the state lottery.
I’m sure everyone who knew her has a special memory of Phyllis that they will all cherish. She was a very feisty lady, loving, fun and a good mother, grandmother and friend to many.
She loved angels but she was our special angel and our sunshine and she will be in our heart forever and missed dearly by us all.
Phyllis is survived by her children: Donald Mullins Jr. and wife Doris of Cambridge, Kathleen Barthel and husband Dennis of Princeton, Marci Karas of Pine City; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She is also survived by her siblings: Ray (Eileen) Wimmer, Harold (Madlyn) Wimmer, Darlene Purdy, Mary Mullins all of Pine City, Deloris Mamenga of St. Paul, Bill Wimmer Jr. of St. Cloud, Clarence Wimmer of Pine City, sister-in-law Kathy Wimmer of Pine City and many nieces and nephews.
Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents William and Helen (Peil) Wimmer, husband Donald Mullins, son-in-law Edward Karas; siblings: Bobby Wimmer, Gary Wimmer, Mike Wimmer, Joan Bankers, Alice Lindahl and infant sisters Francis Ann and Rosanna.
Monsignor Alexsander Suchan celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial for Phyllis Mullins on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pine City. Music was provided by Alicia Arnott and Kevin and Joanne Cahill. The inurnment was in the Czech National Cemetery east of Pine City. Honorary Casket Bearers were: Chad Karas, Sherri Howe, Daniel Mullins, Julie Mayer, Dawn Demant and Jenny Weinmann
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City~Swanson Chapel; www.funeralandcremationservice.com.