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Paula Susan Mulvania

Paula Susan Mulvania, age 78 of Linn, passed away Monday, January 11th, 2021 at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

She was born February 8th, 1942 in DeSoto, Missouri, a daughter to the late Dr John Paul and Cecelia (Barbee) Ingels.

After graduation from Desoto High School she attended The University of Missouri Columbia receiving her BEd in 1963 and MEd in 1965.  She there met her then future husband Rodney Mulvania and they were married at the First Baptist Church of Columbia on June 2, 1963.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Rodney and three children, Peggy Mulvania of Linn, Kerry Hirth and husband Andy of Columbia, and Andrew Mulvania of Columbia.  She has three grandchildren; Vince and Maggie Ribaudo of Linn and Jamie Mulvania of Columbia. In addition she is survived by sisters Nancy Dunlap (Jim) of Desoto and Carol Keane of Cape Girardeau. Another sister Mary Jane (Ken) Tourville predeceased her.

Paula was a loving Mother to her children; a loving, patient and kind teacher to her kindergarten students and a loving, kind, understanding mentor to many.  She never spoke an unkind word to or about anyone including her husband.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, no services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Osage County Library.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)  www.mortonchapel.com

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I am truly sorry for your loss. Rodney, you are in my thoughts as you travel your grief journey. Ive traveled that road after the loss of my husband. Take care of yourself and be kind to yourself. Bernie Brandt Houchens

Bernie Houchens Feb 15 2021 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy. I have fond memories of times spent with Paula and family. I did my kindergarten practicum in her class. My children loved when she did story hour at the library. Think of you when I would do the Rags song. Prayers for all of the family.

Juliana Rhea Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

I have fond memories of Paula. Our friendship began in 1965 at Parker Road Elementary where Paula taught 4th grade and I taught 5th grade. Paula and Rodney lived in the Cross Keys apartment below us, and we rode to school together part of that time. Through all these years, we kept in touch with family visits, a lunch visit with our husbands, notes in Christmas and birthday cards, and phone calls. It was always a delight for us to share family news. I will miss Paula. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Sandy Kardis Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

Our friendship began when I had Peggy or Pegatha in Kindergarten. Then there was Kerry and Andrew. What delightful children they were, just like their mother. Rodney added to their unique personalities. After Andrew got established in school, Paula got a job teaching K. with me. What grand times we had with all of the kids from sending a runner to tell each other to stick our head out the
door to chasing Gingerbread boys down the hall to picking up trash and doing pow-wows with our authentic Natives American friend, Dixie Keener.
Our love of Art, Books and Children was a winning recipe for children learning, feeling safe and having fun while in school!
Im going to miss her call every Spring when she would tell me she heard the little Peepers! God Bless you, my good friend!

Linda Maassen Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

I loved spending time at the Mulvania's home growing up playing with Peggy! I remember Paula's kindness and how much she loved all children. She was always smiling when I was around and made me feel right at home. I never heard her raise her voice (even when Peggy got sassy, lol!!) I am sad she had to go through so many health issues, but pray she is healthy and safe with Jesus. Prayers lifted up for the family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Lara (Gelven) Oidtman

Lara Oidtman Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

Rodney, Peggy, Kerri, and Andrew & Families Our families have spend a lot of time together. Memories that will always last. Paula has always been a very sweet caring person. Knowing part of her will always be here through the kids and grandkids. Our symathy goes out to you in your loss. May you find comfort knowing she is with Jesus. Jackie, Elmer and our families

Jackie Tyree Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM