Longtime Everett resident worked for insurer


MELROSE — Rita B. Mullen, 76, of Melrose and formerly of Everett, died at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Wakefield on Sept. 29.

Rita was born and raised in Everett, was a graduate of Mission Hill High School, Class of 1954 and went on to attend Babson College.

She worked as a supervisor for Commercial Union Insurance Company in Boston for over 40 years and also as an office manager for Holt Massey & Company for many years before her retirement.

Rita volunteered for the Boston Ballet Company and was also a past president and member of the ladies auxiliary at the Sgt. Harold O. Young V.F.W. Post #2394 in Melrose for many years.

She resided in Everett for most of her life, Reading for many years and Melrose for 14 years.

Rita was the devoted daughter of the late John and Laurentine (Hanson) Mullen. She was the caring sister of the late Alice L. Rush and her late husband John, the late John “Jack” Mullen and his wife Robin Rivers of Connecticut and the late Richard “Dick” Mullen and his late wife Gloria. She was the niece of Helen Hanson of Melrose. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose, on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m.

Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend.

Visiting hours prior to the service from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701.

For directions and to sign online condolence visit www.gatelyfh.com.