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People of The Times: Local woman to celebrate 99th birthday

February 4, 2008
Marietta Times
Alta Fay Mullen, who resides at The Inn at Marietta, will celebrate her 99th birthday on Feb. 11.

The daughter of Daniel and Emma Harriman Luke, she is the last surviving member of her family. Her entire life has been spent in Noble and Washington counties. She played basketball in high school and, until recent years, went dancing every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night.

She is a member of American Legion Post 64 Auxiliary, a past member of Marietta Council 282 Daughters of America and a past charter member of the Marietta Woman’s Club.

She married Bryson Mullen on Oct. 10, 1928; he died Nov. 30, 1981. They were avid campers for years.

She has two sons, Harold and Gene; and one daughter, Donna Moseley. She also has nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and one stepgreat-grandson. Her constant companion has been Twinkle, her Yorkshire terrier.

During World War II, Mullen worked in the Valve Housing Division at Remington Rand.

During her life she has seen transportation evolve from horse and buggy to jet planes, and has seen man land on the moon. Mullen has also seen 18 presidents elected, two world wars and several major conflicts.

A loyal Republican, she changed to a Democrat so she could help elect her grandson, Michael “Moon” Mullen, as mayor of Marietta.

Her family says her life motto has been: “Age is a mind over matter — if you don’t mind, it won’t matter.”

Members of disability group gather in W.Va.

“Disability Advocacy Day” was observed Jan. 24 in West Virginia and members of the local disability community from The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley in Parkersburg were among those who gathered at the state capitol in Charleston.

Earl Hamilton and Bernice Geary, consumers of The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley, were among those who had an opportunity to talk with West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin at the event.

The main focus of Disability Advocacy Day was allocating more funding toward programs like the Title XIX Waiver, which helps provide necessary supports for people with disabilities.

People with disabilities advocated for the elimination of barriers that prevent the flexible use of Medicaid funds to enable eligible individuals to receive support for appropriate long-term care services in the setting of their choice.

“More funding would allow people with disabilities to decide how we want to live for ourselves,” Geary said.

Another important issue for people with disabilities is the full implementation of the Olmstead Plan, which protects individuals of any age who have a disability, covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, to receive supports.

“When they remove funding from these programs, we’re unable to be involved in our community,” The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley consumer and board member Tina Tanner said.

Other programs are also designed to keep people out of institutions and in their home.

Approximately 25 percent of West Virginians have a disability. That is the largest concentration of individuals with disabilities in the United States.

People of The Times, a column about happenings and events in people’s lives, appears Mondays on the Neighborhoods page.


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