Obituaries

Ruth (MacAusland) Mullarky

January 7th, 2014

Ruth (MacAusland) Mullarky, age 87, of Kennebunkport, ME, formerly a long time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on December 21, 2013.

 Ruth was born in Syracuse, New York, on April 10, 1936; she was the cherished daughter of the late Raymond and Marjorie (Lake) MacAusland.  As a young girl, Ruth moved with her family to Massachusetts, settling in Lowell.  Ruth was raised and educated in Lowell and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

 Ruth married her “sweetheart” Robert Gardner Mullarky in July of 1954 and the couple soon settled in Wilmington, MA, where they raised their three sons.  Ruth and Bob shared many great years together with their family before his passing two years ago.

 Ruth took a position as an elementary school teacher for the town of Wilmington.  Ruth’s unwavering dedication to her students and their education was always evident; she would go the “extra mile” for them and they in turn loved her.  Ruth taught at the Whitfield School, the Walker School, and at the time of her retirement she was at the Wildwood School.  Ruth was a favorite amongst her co-workers where she made many life- long friends throughout the years.

 Family was most important to Ruth, she was a very dedicated wife and mother; they were her pride and joy.  Ruth was very supportive of her sons whether it was a school or sporting event and she never missed a hockey game, Ruth was their biggest fan.  When Ruth became “Grammy” to Ryan, Dylan, and Megan, she cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren, they were the light of her life and she was very proud of each of them.

 Ruth was a very social person; she enjoyed traveling with her family and friends.  Ruth was also an avid golfer and she had a lot of fun golfing every chance she got at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading with her “group of ladies”.

 Ruth will be fondly remembered for her kindness and generosity to others and she will be greatly missed by all.

 Ruth was the beloved wife of 57 years to the late Robert G. Mullarky, devoted mother of Kevin Mullarky and his wife Terry of Kennebunkport, ME, Dana Mullarky and his wife Penny of Methuen, and Peter Mullarky and his wife Joan of Wilmington, loving “Grammy of Ryan, Dylan, and Megan Mullarky, cherished daughter of the late Raymond and Marjorie (Lake) MacAusland.  Ruth is also survived by her dear friend Alvin French of Tewksbury as well as many close friends in Massachusetts and Maine.

 Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Saturday, January 11th from 12:00 – 4:00 in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Mullarky Trust, 15 Beachwood Avenue, Kennebunkport, ME  04046.

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12 Entries in Guest Book for “Ruth (MacAusland) Mullarky”

  1. Nancy (Gracia) McMahon says:

    To the Mullarky Family,
    Your Mom was such a special human being and touched a lot of lives in a positive way. A favorite teacher to so many of us “kids” in Wilmington. We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you at this sad time.
    Nancy & Bill McMahon

  2. Debi Curtis Pike says:

    Thinking of you all. Mrs. Mullarkey.. was one of my favorite teachers. I had her for third grade at Walker School. She inspired me and encouraged me.. and I credit my chosen career as an elementary teacher in part to her amazing example. Will keep all of her family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Debi ( Curtis) Pike

  3. Lydia Nolan Herlihy says:

    I am saddened to hear this news. Although it had been so many years since I last saw Ruth, I will always remember her as a strong, caring woman. As a child, Ruth was a staple at the ice rink watching Dana and my brother Kevin. Those will be my memories of her. Thinking of you all.

  4. Jim McHugh says:

    To The Mullarkey family,

    So Sorry to Hear about the Loss of your Mom. I had your mom in elementary school and she was the sweetest person. thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  5. Lynne Marshall McSheehy says:

    There are some very happy memories of Ruth in my life – most I ‘inherited’ when I was a child, and my own mother, Ruth Timmins Marshall, recounted tales of her piano lessons with Mrs. MacAusland, then fun times over the years with Ruth as girls. Although I didn’t see Ruth that many times, as everyone got busy raising their families, I can still hear her voice and see her wonderful smile. What a legacy she has left behind! Please accept my condolences in your sadness.

  6. Nancy Steves says:

    I met Ruthie 2 yrs. ago when we both had just moved to Maine. She has been a delightful friend with a marvelous sense of humor. She was so outgoing, chatting and joking with everyone. She talked often and so fondly of her family. My heart goes out to you all in your loss. May your warm memories of her surround you all now. I think of her often and that brings a smile.

  7. Cathy Pedersen says:

    I only just heard today that Ruth died. I am so sorry for your loss. I have many warm memories of going to visit Ruth in her kitchen in Wilmington with my mother, Jeanne Pedersen. Ruth was one of my mother’s best friends when they both lived in Wilmington. I fondly remember Ruth’s kindness to me as a child. She had a special way with children. She had a hearty laugh and a wry sense of humor, which were a lot of fun to be around.

  8. Billy Reitchel says:

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful Woman and Teacher. And (neighbor). I will miss them both dearly. She was such a nice teacher, I had to stay back in 3rd grade, just to be in her class room again.
    Always a pleasure to see her Boys. Hope to cross paths again soon.

  9. Wendy Marshall-Hudzik says:

    One of the fondest memories of Ruthie was when I was only about 7 years old and she was visiting our mother in Chelmsford. I was so curious about her belly being so big. She actually put my hand on her belly and I felt movement. I can still hear her gravelly type of laughter. It was the first time I had experienced this. Come to find out it was Peter. I’ll always remember that and how happy I am that I got to visit with her a few years back on the phone. I am so sorry for all your loss. Wendy Marshall-Hudzik (the late Ruthie Timmins’ other daughter).

  10. Bob & Gail Anderson says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing and our thoughts and prayers are with her boys and their families. Both Ruth and Bob were the best neighbors anyone could hope for and the times and memories we’ve shared will be held close to our hearts forever.

  11. Jacqueline Berube says:

    I have many fond memories of your mother as my master teacher in 1968. She taught me so much about how to be an outstanding teacher. She was so kind. I remember she broke her leg in a skiing accident and I got a new master teacher but your mom said I could still stop by her house if I needed help and I did go over several times. Ironically I live in Kennebunkport Me and I wish I had known that she lived here too. My sincerest condolences.

  12. Brian McCue says:

    Mrs. Mullarky was my 3rd grade teacher at the Walker School (1972/1973). I remember her fondly as one of the most warm and caring teachers I have ever had. She was very kind to all of us and had an exceptional ability to teach.

    Anytime I would ride past her house I would think of her.

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