Evelyn Leota Brake Mullins of Marietta (Reno) celebrated her 80th birthday on Nov. 18. She was born at home in South Parkersburg in 1932, the sixth, but third surviving child of Merle G. Brake and Edna Byrdie Harold Brake.
When she was about three years old her family moved to a farm on Washington Bottom, where she and her two sisters, Orvella Brake Maley and Grace Brake McDougal grew up. She attended Washington Methodist Church and was baptized in the Ohio River.
She attended Lubeck Elementary and Washington Junior High and Parkersburg High School. After her graduation in 1950 she worked for a year at The Parkersburg News as assistant society editor.
During her junior year she met Bill Mullins, her future husband. He was a senior and joined the U.S. Air Force after his graduation. They married June 9, 1951, and resided at Sampson AF Base, Geneva, N.Y., where their first son was born. They later had a daughter born in Sacramento, Calif., two daughters born in Washington, D.C., and a son born in Tokyo, Japan.
While in Washington she was hired by the F.B.I. to perform clerical work. At subsequent transfers to Michigan, Massachusetts, Texas and Maine, she worked in the Base Exchange System (BX) an the schools. After her husband retired from the service in 1971, she worked at Marietta Memorial Hospital for 12 years, until her retirement. They lived in Norwood for several years then traveled across the United States, Mexico and Canada for the next 15 years. They left the road in 1998 and settled in Marietta (Reno). She is interested in genealogy and continues to document both her and her husband's roots.
Birthday greetings would be appreciated at 111 Sanjubar Dr., Marietta, OH 45750-5129.