Evelyn Louise McMullen

Evelyn Louise Dieffenbach McMullen passed away quietly and peacefully with her son and daughter at her side on August 17, 2010, in Bryan, Texas. Evelyn was born in Milwaukee, WI. on June 8, 1914, the third oldest of 10 children. As a young teenager during the Depression, she joined the Hardman family in Cleveland, OH. to care for Eleanor Jane, their infant daughter, and to earn income for her family in Wisconsin. During WWII, Evelyn joined the Navy and served as a Dental Technician. During an assignment in California after the War, she met William Harvey McMullen. They were married in 1947 and lived primarily in Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico. During their 30 year marriage, they raised two children and lived happily until William’s passing in 1978. William called her his “angel”.
Evelyn’s life was dedicated to the service of others as a veteran, wife, mother, church volunteer, and guardian for Eleanor, whom she cared for directly for the last 35 years of her life. Throughout her life of service, Evelyn was remarkable for her generosity and lack of self-concern. She was a 30-year breast cancer survivor and supported numerous charities. Her caring and positive outlook on life came from her deep faith and commitment to Christ. She truly lived her Christian beliefs as an example for all who knew her.
Evelyn loved early morning walks on the beach collecting shells, yellow roses, hummingbirds, hot air balloons and everything pink. She and Eleanor were avid theater and concert goers and supported the arts. She smiled often and always had a kind word for those she met.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, seven siblings and her husband. She is survived by her children, Bill McMullen and wife Christa Hammel, of Denver, CO., Jane Kee and husband Ric Ploeger, of College Station, Texas; two grandsons, Alex Kee of Bryan, Texas, Chris Kee and wife Sarah, of San Marcos, Texas; brother-in-law, Tom McMullen, of Albuquerque, NM.; sisters, Shirley Katerski and Arlene Foltz of Milwaukee, WI., and Eleanor Jane of Bryan, TX.
The family thanks St. Joseph Manor and staff as well as Hospice Brazos Valley for their very professional and kind treatment of our mother.
May Evelyn rest in the peace of the Lord for eternity.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics at 1133 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington DC 20036, or to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803.


  1. Dear Jane and Family, You know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and busy time. If there is anything I can do to help you, just let me know. We’ll all get together to celebrate your mom’s life after you get back from New Mexico. God Bless you all.

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