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Patricia Wheeler Mullin

July 16, 1954 March 3, 2013 GREAT BARRINGTON On March 3rd, Patricia Mullin, known as Patrice, passed away at her home in Great Barrington.

Born in Daytona Beach, Florida, Patrice first came to know and love the Berkshires during visits with her grandparents, Robert and Hazel Wheeler. After attending the University of Florida in the mid-1970's, she relocated to the Berkshires full-time.

Working first as a waitress at Jug End Resort in Egremont, Patrice then became a reporter and eventually the Associate Editor for the Berkshire Courier. She focused on investigative reporting and writing human-interest stories. In 1986 she opened a business specializing in Country French antiques, Mullin-Jones Antiquities. She made many trips to the south of France where she combed the markets for treasures to bring back to her shop, surrounded by beautiful gardens, on Main Street in Great Barrington. Among local antiques dealers and many returning customers, she was highly regarded for her knowledge, taste, and integrity. Her passion for writing recently resurfaced with the publication of several of her articles while she worked with Berkshire Home Style magazine.

Patrice truly loved the area and was dedicated to preserving the beauty and rich history. For many years, she was a devoted member of the Berkshire Historical Society. She worked particularly hard to accomplish the acquisition and the ongoing restoration of the Truman Wheeler House, now home of the Great Barrington Historical Society, of which she was an active member and guide. The property had belonged to her grandfather's first cousin, and she felt strongly that it needed to be made accessible to the public.

Patrice is survived by her mother, Roberta Wheeler; her sister, Molly Mullin; her brothers, Mark Mullin and Mike Mullin; and many other relatives and dear friends.

Service and reception planned for Friday evening, March 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., Crissey Farm, Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Patrice Mullin Fund of the Great Barrington Historical Society through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230, who is caring for the arrangements. Remembrances may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 7, 2013
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