Elizabeth Ann Mullaney

August 18, 1940 - January 29, 2024


Obituary For Elizabeth Ann Mullaney

Elizabeth Ann Mullaney - Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Elizabeth Mullaney passed away peacefully in her home on Monday January 29th, 2024 surrounded by her husband and four children. In December she and David celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and the birth of their first great grandchild.

Betty was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in St. Albans Queens and Manhattan. She graduated from St. Michael's Academy in Manhattan, and earned a Bachelor's Degree from Notre Dame College, Staten Island, NY. She met her husband David at a high school dance at age 16.

Betty always managed to balance a successful working career in education with her passion for volunteering while raising her 4 children and supporting her spouse. Among the many places she volunteered her time and caring are Oak City Cares, Open Door Ministries, Prison Ministry, Tent Ministry, St. Vincent de Paul, and The Jones River Historical Society in Kingston MA.

Betty will be remembered by all as a selfless and giving person who practiced works of mercy, for her positive outlook on life, and her sheer goodness. She treated every person she met with dignity and respect. She was an avid reader, hostess extraordinaire, fantastic cook, a lover of animals -especially Molly, and she loved to travel. Betty gave the best advice, was a great listener, and she remembered everything! She had a great talent for organizing people, problem solving, and cosmic organizing.

Betty is survived by her husband David and four children Thomas (Dee), Daniel (Darcey), Stephen (Christine) and Elizabeth (Patrick), grandchildren Kathryn, Patrick, and Maria, and great grandchild Saoirse.

A Mass will be held at the chapel at Saint Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, February 2, 2024 at 12:30 PM. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Oak City Cares or the Door Ministry of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.


2 Feb


12:30 PM

The Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 11401 Leesville Road Raleigh, NC 27613 Get Directions »
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  • February 05, 2024

    Betty was an inspiration. I had brought orders to her house from Community Nutrition Partnership to help her prepare meals for Oak City Cares. She was always positive, always serving. What a model of Christ's love. Condolences, David and family. Sterkte (Strength), Mary, Hans, & Jo

  • February 02, 2024

  • February 02, 2024

    When I think of Betty, I imagine her pulling up to the funeral home office where we worked together in her white Outback with the social justice bumper stickers on it. Betty and I worked together for several years and I got to hear so many stories about her life. She was an extraordinary lady who exuded peace and patience. The work she did for the homeless and her passion for justice was an inspiration, she truly showed compassion for others. I am thankful for the time we spent together and the long talks we would have. She always showed interest in my family and offered heartfelt advice that was timeless. She possessed age old wisdom in a modern society. Thank you Betty for being my friend, I will never forget you.

  • January 31, 2024

    We loved Betty. She did so much good with a happy heart. She is a role model for all in caring for each other, not only the homeless and poor. As said by others, the thought of her brings a smile to my face. Rest in peace lovely lady, Marge and Tom

  • January 30, 2024

    Many people try to practice one of the corporal works of mercy. Betty lived them all and with a smile

  • January 30, 2024

    How can anyone put into words, what Betty Mullaney gave to anyone who crossed her path. She brought joy with her when she walked into a room. She always had a smile on her face. While she might have been small in stature, she was a giant in terms of compassion, caring and commitment to "loving one's neighbor as oneself." When someone looked into Betty's face, they were able to see the face of God reaching out to care for the "least of these." All of us associated with Oak City Cares and the community of people caring for those who are homeless have lost a great friend in Betty. She and David were among the very first to help get Oak City Outreach Center and later Oak City Cares off the ground. She and David not only faithfully served food on the weekends, but Betty and David offered their grace and wisdom on the advisory board for Oak City Outreach Center. And just as Anne Werdell stated in her remarks, it was never just Betty or David, it was always David and Betty. Our hearts break for you David, as you enter life on this earth without Betty by your side. Betty's spirit will always live on in you and your children and grandchildren and all of us who were blessed to know Betty. Please know that you are surrounded by the love of all of us who treasured Betty as we walk with you in the wake of Betty's passing. May God's peace be with you David and all of your family!

  • January 30, 2024

    Betty, in her sheer goodness was always with God. Having said that, it's really hard to believe she is with God now in a whole new way! There are no words large enough to say how much Betty taught all of us about love and generous care for each other and for anyone who needed anything. It was never just "Betty", but always, "Betty and David"! They were a "package deal". May Betty's spirit be with all of us, but especially David and their family! May they and we be comforted by each other and by knowing how very blessed we were to have known and loved Betty Mullaney! Betty was the first of the "40's Club" to go to God. She'll be there to greet the rest of us with her wonderful smile and great laugh and maybe even some of her wonderful lasagna. She makes me smile to think of her!

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