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A longtime resident of northern Virginia, died suddenly on December 12, 2016, at her home in Falls Church, VA. She was 67 years of age. Ellyn was born on July 3, 1949, in Cornwall, NY, to the late Edward F. and Lillian C. Mulrenin. She is survived by her loving siblings, Maureen Pallazza, Kathleen Downs, Edward Mulrenin, and Paul Mulrenin; in-laws and nephews and grandnieces. She grew up in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, graduated from Mt. Saint Mary's College in Newburgh, NY, and retired from the U.S. Government in 2014 after a long career, first with the Internal Revenue Service, and then as an auditor for the Department of Navy in Washington, DC.  Ellyn lived a full life and had many interests and passions, including traveling, tutoring children, chess, and genealogy, and she was an avid reader. She also derived much joy over the years from her family's companion dogs. She had a special talent in meeting complete strangers and becoming fast friends with them. Most of all, Ellyn's uniqueness was her ready sense of humor and her unbounded generosity.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Murphy Funeral Home in Falls Church, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Ellyn at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 3305 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA, on Friday, December 16, 2016, at 10 a.m. Interment will be at a date to be determined in St. Thomas Cemetery, Cornwall, NY.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends contribute in Ellyn's memory to St. Anthony Church "to help the poor" or to a charity of their choice.

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December 8, 2020
Wow, dearest Ellyn. Here we are.....four years since you went to be with God. I think about you every day, and I miss YOU so dearly. What a major loss it has been. I am glad you did not have to endure the anxiety of Covid-19 and our challenging political times. You would not have appreciated them. I know your times are so much better where you are. I know you are fine in the arms of God, but we sure do miss you here. I love you still and miss you so very much.
Stephanie Reger
December 8, 2019
It's been three years since we all lost Ellyn.She was unique and special and I will always miss her.
God Bless You
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Loretta Downer
Loretta Downer
December 18, 2016
Ellyn and I began our friendship 48 years ago at O.C.C.C.in Middletown,N.Y.I was devastated to learn of her passing.We have kept in touch and visited with each other
over the years.I always counted on her good advice and support.I can't she's gone.God Bless you Ellyn I will miss you.
Loretta Downer
December 15, 2016
I met Ellyn recently through our GMU OLLI Institute and want to send my sympathies to her family and friends. Ellyn served on our planning committee and had volunteered to teach a genealogy course for us this Winter. I am grateful for the chance to meet her and am saddened by her death.
With deep condolence,
Johnnie Hicks
December 15, 2016
Ellyn....ELL.....My Sweetest & Dearest FRIEND on this Planet. You have stunned me that you are gone from me. I know I am selfish as I wanted us to grown old together!! You were absolutely EVERYTHING to me. I cannot begin to thank you for all of years of friendship, including those incredible early days when we met at Marymount University and how we were the best study buddies! And, just so many things we did together. I am so happy I got to attend the OLLI Christmas party with you less than 2 weeks ago, and I am so happy I got to see you the day after. I know you are pain free now and re-united with your Mother and other loved ones of yours. I promise to follow in your footsteps and to hold high standards like you always had! I love you my Incredible Friend. Hey, I will yell "Merry Christmas" out my window to strangers just like you wished we had done the last day I was with. Love Always, Stephanie Cregger Reger
Stephanie Reger
December 15, 2016
With Deepest Sympathy for the lost of my very good friend-Ellyn. My prayers are with your family.
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Hoa My Truong
December 15, 2016
I'm sorry for your loss. May the most high God bring your family much comfort as you mourn.
December 14, 2016
Glad you are home!❤
Terri Mulrenin-Murrell
December 14, 2016
Thank you dear cousin for all your help researching the Mulrenin family before I went to Ireland. I am sad we have not seen each other since childhood! I know you are with Jesus. Give my Mom and Dad a hug and kiss for me! We will be reunited again!❤
Terri Mulrenin-Murrell
December 14, 2016
Ellyn was a good sister, a good daughter, a good friend, a good team worker, a good Christian, and so much more. But above all, she was a good person. I am only one of three people who have known Ellyn her entire life, and so I can say that she has always been this way. And oh, how I will miss my beloved sister so much.
Ed Mulrenin
December 14, 2016
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Joseph McDermott
December 14, 2016
Ellyn was a person with a true zest for life and I admired her for that. She loved to take trips, even if it meant going by herself because she always knew she would meet new friends! She had a heart of gold and was always very thoughtful of others. She was truly a unique individual who was never afraid to be herself and I will never forget her. May she rest in peace. <3
Keri Miller
December 14, 2016
I got to know Ellyn through my friendship with Stephanie Reger. Ellyn, Stephanie, myself and others traveled together many times over the years, including to New York City to see the play Wicked. She was always upbeat, personable and inquisitive. I enjoyed getting to know her, and I will miss her.
Suzanne Winnard
December 14, 2016
to my dear sister, Ellyn. I can't find the words to express my sadness of your death. You were and always will be my favorite person in life. i feel fortunate to have been blessed with you as my sister. Rest in peace with God.
Kathleen Downs
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