WINTER HAVEN - Phyllis Baynes Mullin, a lifelong Christian, age 93, died Monday, September 30th at Life Care of Winter Haven after an illness.
She grew up in Richmond, Indiana where she was born on January 21, 1920 to Donald and Eva Pyle Baynes. As a young woman she worked in Chicago doing secretarial and clerical work. Her sister and brother in law, Lois and Robert Blythin, who had both served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during the war, encouraged her to join its newly formed successor, the Central Intelligence Agency. She was hired and served with distinction in both Rome and Mexico City, where she met many interesting people. After her service in the CIA, she moved to Detroit, where she worked for Ford Motor Company. It was during these years that she pursued several sports including skiing, golf and fly fishing. She had the opportunity to learn to ski from Olympic Gold Medal winner Stein Eriksen at the Boyne Mountain Ski school where he was first employed when he came to the U.S. She also developed a lifelong love of golf after learning the game from Horton Smith, the winner of the 1st and 3rd Masters Golf Tournament when he was the pro at the Detroit Country Club. In the late '50s she married Edward Mullin; they lived in Hawaii for several years until his untimely death in 1962. She then moved to Dayton for several years, and ultimately to Florida in 1971, where she raised her son, Philip, whom she loved with all her heart. After settling in Winter Haven in 1972, she went into the real estate business, and later partnered with Robert Hedges for a long and successful career during which she served as the president of the Winter Haven Board of Realtors. She was an active volunteer with the Women's Resource Center and the Symphony Guild in Winter Haven. She had a strong and deep abiding faith, and was a member of the New Hope Church. She was a former member of the Lake Region Yacht and Country Club and the Cypresswood Golf and Country Club.
She is survived by her son Philip Edward Mullin, his wife Amy, and her son, Matthew.
Service will be held today at 1 pm at New Hope Church, Winter Haven. Burial will be at Rolling Hills Cemetery, Winter Haven.
Crisp-Coon Funeral Home, Winter Haven.
Crisp-Coon Funeral Homes Inc
201 1st Street South Winter Haven, FL 33880
Published in Ledger from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6, 2013