Mary Powers Mullan

October 1, 2021


Mary Powers Mullan, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2021. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Dr. James F. Mullan. 


Mary was born in the Bronx, NY to Joseph Powers and Teresa (Phalen) Powers, the eldest of eight children in a big Irish family. Mary’s work ethic and academic ambition helped her earn her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, her first master’s degree in Political Science from Fordham University, and her second master’s in Remedial Reading from Manhattan College in the Bronx. She started her career in education in 1965, and over the next 40 years put her valuable skill set to use as a teacher of multiple subjects, high school testing coordinator, and administrator. Her profound devotion to education continued well after retirement when she began teaching reading comprehension to adults at Gateway Community College, and counseling a new generation of teachers in the education program at Fairfield University.


Mary was a true firecracker—an explosion of energy and warmth who approached everything she did with passion and strength. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mexico, a staunch political activist and fearsome fighter for women’s rights, an athlete and runner, talented gardener, avid reader, entertaining storyteller, and true animal lover, with a special fondness for the four dogs she had over her lifetime, Tyrone, Jasper, Roscoe, and Bugsy. Mary could often be found working hard at any number of home improvement projects, reading the New York Times with a cup of coffee, or heading to the dog park to see her friends (both human and canine). If she was a flower, she would be her favorite, the daisy, a symbol of loyal love. 


She is survived by her loving children Eileen Mullan and Patrick Mullan and his wife, Nicole Mullan; her brother Fintan Powers and wife Rosa; her sister Monica Meade and husband Jerry; her nieces and nephews Michael, Bridget and husband Kadir, Devin, and Cullan; and her cherished grandchildren Dempsey and Gwyneth. 


In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother Joseph Powers, her sister-in-law, Kathleen O’Brien, her brother, John Powers, and her sister, Elizabeth Powers. 


In her death, she will be remembered as a kind, loving, warrior of a woman, who’s endless energy was surpassed only by the love she had for her family and friends. 


Funeral services are private. Arrangements in care of the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Rd.  Trumbull, CT. Friends and extended family please feel free to leave an online condolence on our website. 


Memorial contributions may be made to The Trumbull Dog Park, P.O. Box 110055.

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