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Joyce K. Mullen

  • On February 15, 2020

Joyce K. Mullen, 71, of Washington, PA passed away at her home on February 11, 2020.

Born on July 20, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Lillian and Galen Knupp.

Joyce married her beloved husband, James Mullen, on September 25, 1971.

She is survived by her son, Joshua (Emily Elstad) Mullen, her adored granddaughters Pippa and Aibrean, sister, Laura (Don) Burt, brother, Richard (Regina) Knupp, sister in law, Pat (the late William) Driscoll, brother in law Ken (Elaine) Mullen, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James, her beloved son, Jason (Mandy) Mullen, and brother in law, William Driscoll.

Joyce was a graduate of McGuffey High School and California University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a loving mother to her two sons, she was an English teacher at Trinity Area School District and Chartiers Houston in full-time and substitute teacher capacities. Later in life, she worked for the LeMoyne House where she did PR for 10 years prior to her retirement. Above all, Joyce loved her family, and they were the center of her life. She also enjoyed reading, cooking, visiting with her granddaughters, and traveling to the beach.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. At the request of the deceased, all services are private. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Citizens Library, 55 S College St., Washington, PA 15301, 724-222-2400 or the Washington County Historical Society, 49 E Maiden St, Washington, PA 15301, 724-225-6740.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.


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Barbara Demcisak
  • Feb 17 2020
Josh, Emily, Laura, Don and family: SO very sorry to hear of your loss. I can't believe this funny, vivacious lady is gone. I extend my deepest sympathy.
Terry and Pamela Kushner
  • Feb 17 2020
We are so sorry to have heard of the passing of Joyce. Our deepest condolences to Joshua and his family, and to the rest of her family.
Phyllis (Knupp) Bednar
  • Feb 19 2020
I have fond memories of Joyce Mullen. She was my cousin. In our childhood, we would visit each others families. I also attended California State University at the same time as she did. We recently were taking the same Zumba class at the Wellness Center. We lost contact through the years but I always thought of her with love. I am so sorry about her death. My sympathy to Laura and Don, and to her son, Joshua.