Marian G Mullet
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Marian G Mullet
As the founder and first CEO of Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, Marian worked tirelessly to achieve her vision "that each life may find meaning."
Marian's passion for family and community defined her life. Born and raised in East Hartford, Connecticut, she graduated from Bates College in 1950 with her bachelor's in nursing.
Marian married Frank Mullet after meeting him at Bates upon his return from World War II. Together they moved to upstate New York where they pursued their dream of raising a family in the bucolic setting of the small town of Edmeston. In addition to raising her family of four children, she nurtured other passions, including raising horses, breeding championship Irish Setters and working at the Otsego School, a home for people with Down syndrome which was founded by her dear friend and mentor, Florence Chesebrough, in the early 1900's.
When the Otsego School faced changing requirements for care of the disabled, Marian led an ambitious multimillion-dollar development project that transformed the Otsego School into Pathfinder Village, an internationally recognized residential community for children and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. She believed that all people, regardless of ability, should have a wonderful home and a fulfilling life of social, educational, religious and work opportunities.
Marian served on several Boards of Directors throughout the area including the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home Board, the State University of New York at Oneonta Foundation Board and the Scriven Foundation Board.
After retirement, Marian along with her daughter, Martha, and granddaughter, Deborah, researched, wrote and published, Richard Andrew: Called to Paint, a fully illustrated biography of the listed artist Richard Andrew. His paintings include portraits of many of Marian's family, along with New England mountain vistas and shores. Most notable are his large historic murals that adorn the walls of the Massachusetts State House legislative floor and named "The Hall of Valor."
Marian received many accolades for her accomplishments and service: The Paul Harris Fellow (1985), an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Bates College (1988), a New York State Woman of Distinction Award (2000), the Otsego County Chamber Distinguished Citizen of the Year (2002), a feature in the PBS series "Visionaries," and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the State University of New York at Oneonta (2002).
Marian was predeceased by her parents, Dr. Harvey Goddard and Marguerite Andrew Goddard; son, Thomas Frank Mullet; and siblings, Harvey, Ralph and Arthur Goddard.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 68 years, Frank; sister, Elizabeth Calabrese; brother, Stephen Goddard; son and daughter-in-law, John and Debra Johnson Mullet; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Martin Winsor; son and daughter-in-law, James and Pamela Burton Mullet; seven grandchildren, Sarah Hartman, Deborah Batt, Elizabeth MacKenzie, Ian Mullet and Hillary, Benjamin and Adam Mullet; seven great-grandchildren, Brianna and Sophia Hartman, Kenneth and Levi Batt, and Caitlyn, Gavin and Lydia MacKenzie.
Marian and Frank established The Thomas Frank Mullet Foundation in memory of their son, Tom, who died from cancer at age 19. The Foundation gives annual awards benefiting the people and organizations of Edmeston and the surrounding community.
A celebration to honor the life and work of Marian Mullet will be held at the Pathfinder Village Gymnasium on April 7th, 2019. A luncheon will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a short service to follow.
The family would like to thank the extraordinary team of caregivers who have lovingly helped Marian in her final years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Thomas Frank Mullet Foundation, 36 South Street, Edmeston, NY 13335. Arrangements are with Delker and Terry Funeral Home 30 South Street Edmeston, New York or at www.Delkerterryfh.com.
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