Sharon Mulrey (1943 - 2017)

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Mulrey, Sharon Kathleen Graves



Sharon joined her ancestors on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017:



" Well, if you are reading this I guess it means that I lost my battle with the Big 'C'. I fought long & hard but decided to prepare my obituary--just in case. That way it says what I want it to say:



My dad (Frank Eldon Graves) was in the Marine Corps, stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He was sent on temporary duty to a Machine Gun School at Pearl Harbor and, in an unplanned part of his graduation, took part in a "live fire" exercise on the morning of 7 Dec 1941. He rejoined the ship when it returned to Pearl Harbor on 8 December and spent the next 10 months taking part in the war in the South Pacific. In early September 1942 he was sent stateside and stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. He was able to go home to Texas for a month, met and married my mother Evelyn Christene McDonald, and they set up housekeeping in Oceanside, near the base. I was born there on 28 Sep 1943. Dad was sent back to the Pacific in the spring of 1944 and mom and I went to live near our kinfolk in Texas. After the war we moved around the country at various duty stations. Dad retired from the Marine Corps in 1960 and we moved back to Texas to attend college. Dad and I were students together at East Texas State College (now Texas A&M-Commerce).



At my first teaching job in Sherman, TX, I met my husband, Brian Mulrey. He was a young Air Force lieutenant from Boston, MA, stationed at nearby Perrin AFB. We married in 1966 and began our travels. We had 3 tours of duty in Europe, spending a total of 13 years over there. It was fun and a dream come true. Growing up I had traveled a lot but had never been outside the U.S.A. I was able to actually see the sights of Europe I had only read about.



When I was in grade school, one of my assignments was to prepare a family tree. At that time I had great-grandparents alive who were able to give me information on their ancestors. One great-grandmother told me of her father who had been in Gen. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. He was captured at the battle of Gettysburg and spent the rest of the war in the Union prison camp at Point Lookout, Md. So began my great love of genealogy. Over the years I was able to do a little bit of research but our last duty station in Washington DC really opened opportunities for "digging" at the National Archives and other repositories. I discovered that my 5th great-grandfather, Thomas Bradford, crossed the Delaware River with George Washington's army on 25 Dec 1776 to attack the Hessian soldiers at Trenton, NJ. At the Archives I was able to hold an actual letter he had written to his parents from the siege of Boston in March 1776. He would be the first of my 11 known American Revolution Patriot Ancestors. I found that a 12th great-grandfather was Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth Colony. He came on the ship Mayflower in 1620 and was one of the hardy souls who managed to survive that first awful winter in what would become Massachusetts. I have been able to join with my fellow "genealogy nuts" in membership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy (Nora Mitchell McDowell chapter), Daughters of the American Revolution (Charles Dibrell chapter), Mayflower Society and Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors.



When Brian retired from the Air Force in 1992, we returned to Albuquerque. We had been stationed at Kirtland AFB from 1981-1984 and loved New Mexico. We built a house with a wonderful view of the mountains and city and enjoyed all that Albuquerque offers. His retirement meant that we could travel for fun too. We went to Alaska, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland and lots of trips to my favorite spot in the world: Hawaii. I'm sure hoping that Heaven has a beach just like the one at Bellows Air Force Station on Oahu.



I go to join my younger sister Catherine Graves Fielder, her husband Jim Fielder, nephew Capt. Michael Fielder, USA (Iraq), and my mother Evelyn Christene and father Capt. Frank Graves, USMC (Ret). I leave behind my beloved family: husband of 51 years Col. Brian Mulrey, USAF (Ret), daughter Christine Mulrey, son MSgt. Brian Mulrey Jr, USAF (Ret) and his wife Annette of Mountain Home ID, and brother Dr. Wade Graves of Denison TX; granddaughters Sarah Koch, Kaitlin Montano and her husband Brian, and Miranda Mulrey; sister-in-law Kathleen Mulrey Salerno and husband Tony of Hingham MA, aunt Jerre Graves Simmons and husband Bill of Duncanville TX, and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.



I have had a great life and I don't regret a minute of it. I'll save you a place among the ancestors."



At Sharon's request, there will be no memorial service. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.



A special thank you from our family to the loving, caring family of Presbyterian Hospital's Cancer Center, Home Health Care, Transitional Care and Hospice Care staffs over the last nine years. God bless them all.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on July 2, 2017
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