Gladys H. Mullen

Birth Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 1917
Date of Passing: 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Gladys Hazel Mullen, 96, of Apple Creek passed away on Tuesday July 2, 2013 at Wooster Community Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on February 27, 1917, in Honeytown, to Durbin Monroe Shamp and Eva Elizabeth (Levers) Shamp.

Gladys married Vilas Sommer on December 14, 1936. He was killed in a car accident on October 12, 1937. She married Myron "Sparkie" Woodrow Mullen on September 3, 1939 and he preceded her in death on July 2, 2002 (the same day as Gladys just 11 years prior).

Gladys graduated from Apple Creek High School. She was an active member of her community. She retired from Waynedale High School in Apple Creek, where she worked as a cook in the cafeteria for many years. She loved her Waynedale Golden Bears and still held her reserved football and basketball seats never missing a home game until this last season. She founded and was the first president of the Southeast Community Lioness Club. She was a member of East Union Lutheran Church for more than 60 years and attended Apple Creek United Methodist Church the past 10 years.

She is survived (and will be sadly missed) by her daughters Vilet Helen (William Terry) Sommer-Burkey of Wooster and Regina Kay (Harvey Lee) Mullen-Jacobs of Orrville; grandchildren Tymothy Burkey, Tamara (Marlin) Burkey-Maddy, Justine (Rob) Heil, Randy (Holli) Jacobs, Tracey (Bill) McGrain and Amy (Dean) Worley; great-grandchildren T.J., Douglas, Carl, Andrew and Margaret Burkey, Aja Wright, Jenna (Kyle) Heil-Stewart, Dennis Heil, Garrett, Dustin, Molli and R.J. Jacobs, Zachary and Chaz McGrain, Meredith and Mallorie Worley; great-great grandchildren Paige Casady and Ava Lee Heil, Angelina Burkey and Kolt Stewart. Gladys is also survived by her sisters Martha Whittier and Mary Starr as well as her brother Delno Shamp.

She is preceded in death by her siblings Esta Snure, Estelle Gorsuch, Ralph Shamp, Richard Shamp and Lester Shamp.

A celebration of Gladys' life will be held on Monday July 8, 2013 at 11:00 am at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster officiated by Pastor Edward Balint. Interment will be in Apple Creek Cemetery. Following the service of committal, a meal will be served at Apple Creek United Methodist Church.

Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday July 7, 2013, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Gladys' memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, Wooster, Ohio 44691 and Waynedale Athletic Booster Club, Apple Creek, Ohio 44606.

Online condolences may be made at

Memorial Contributions: 

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, Wooster, Ohio 44691 and Waynedale Athletic Booster Club, Apple Creek, Ohio 44606.


Sunday July 7, 2013 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home


Monday July 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home


So truly sorry to hear of your moms passing, she was truly a good person. Your family is in our prayers.

Vi,Regina & families,
You have our deepest sympathy . I have so many shared memories of Gladys & her sparkling personality growing up.
Julie & Ron Kurtz

So sorry to hear of your loss. We are out of town but wanted to express our sympathy to your family. What a wonderful and full life she lived - we will never forget Sparky and Gladys at Waynedale games.

We got to know Gladys through phone calls between her and my mom (LaVonne Smedley Dye) during the past four years of LaVonne living with us in Denver. Their life-long friendship began in Apple Creek and they spoke not that long ago, Gladys of having just mowed her lawn and LaVonne of playing the piano. Both told great stories of their lives. They passed just seven days apart; we bless them on their journey, as they ride the same wave Home. We miss them both.

Regina, I am very sorry to hear of your mother's passing..I had the opportunity to meet her last summer when I was with Bud....She was a very special lady....She had a smile that lightened up a room and made me feel so welcome at her home....God received another angel when she left this world....You are in my prayers....With Sincere Sympathy, Lori L. Thompson.....

You have our deepest sympathy and prayers.
Joe & Loretta

Vilet and Regina, you have my deepest sympathy on Gladys' passing. She was a great friend of Dave and Don's family as well as mine. I know her and Sparky are at peace now with each other. I will never forget them and their wonderful smiles and willingness to help whenever they could.

To Vilet, Regina and thier families ... We were so very sorry to learn about the loss of your mother Gladys Mullen. She was one of a kind! I have fond memories of her hospitality when we were attending Wooster Township School. Those overnights were special. Please know that we are keeping Gladys and you in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Pat

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of your loss.
In God's Love,


Thinking of our "extended" family today and tomorrow as you celebrate the amazing life of Grandma Mullen. She was such a wonderful person and accepted our son Kyle into your wonderful family with such grace. She always had a smile for Grandson Kolt, and you could see it in her eyes how much she loved him. Praying for strength for the entire family.

Our deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of your mother. Abe had the opportunity to work with Sparky at Gold Star and of course he got to know your mom. Thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

To the Family and Loved ones of Gladys Mullen, My name is Bob Niemiller, I was the Pastor of East Union Lutheran Church, from 1960 through 1962. Gladys and Sparkie were members of the church. Gladys and I became friends during that time and remained so to the present. She was a wonderful woman and close friend and I valued her friendship through the years. The only way I know of to know Gladys was to experience her. She truly was unique and precious. I carry her in my heart always so she is always with me and I thank God for her and I thank God for all of you her precious family and loved ones whom she loved so much. The most important discovery I have made of her is the realization that I can never lose her because of my love for her. With this in mind I commend her to God and to you with deep gratitude. Sincerely, Robert S. Niemiller and my wife Alma.

You have our sincere sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Regina, Harve and family - I have you in my thoughts and prayers. I did not know your Mother, but she had to be
a wonderful lady, from all the postings that pay tribute to her. I know Harve spoke highly of her when we worked
together. Regina, thank you for coming to Harold's calling hours, as I know it was hard, with your loss at the same time. Both of you are special friends. God bless. Ruby & Family

Dear Vilet and Regina
Sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time.
Paul & Nancy Muekenheim Moser

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