Donna Jean (McFarlin) Mullin
March 9, 1942 – July 11, 2022
VISITATION: Sunday, July 17th from 3pm to 5pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 5pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, July 18th at 10:30am, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive, with luncheon at church to follow. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to University of Nebraska Foundation.
To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.
Donna died at home in her sleep on the early afternoon of July 11, 2022. Her death followed a complicated course of illness.
Donna was born March 9, 1942 in Phoenix, Arizona to her parents Jeanette and Donald McFarlin. She and her younger sister, Dorothy, grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where they graduated from Central High School and each attended Southwest Missouri State College. Donna then went to the University of Nebraska in 1962 on a scholarship to recolonize the Alpha Delta Pi sorority on the UNL campus. She served as the sorority’s first president and graduated from UNL after two years of school and involvement in many university activities on behalf of her sorority. Those activities resulted in personal awards and recognition including: Miss E Week, Honorary Commandant of the Military Ball, and a candidate for Homecoming Queen.
Donna taught Elementary school in Denver Colorado for one year and then returned to Lincoln after accepting a proposal of marriage from Bob Mullin, a university student she met who was working in the Alpha Delta Pi kitchen during her presidency. Bob and Donna were married on August 21, 1965 just as Bob was entering the UNL College of Law.
As a young married couple, Donna and Bob continued to live in Lincoln where Donna worked as an elementary school teacher, essentially putting Bob through Law School. She had great faith in him. She was an elementary school teacher for a number of years, while he was in school and a young lawyer, until they moved to Scottsbluff, NE in 1973. By this point, the couple had had three children, and Donna decided to stay home with the kids while Bob worked as a Lawyer in town. They had their fourth child while in Scottsbluff. As the kids got a little older, Donna decided to return to the work force and started a career with a local bank in town. She worked at Platte Valley National Bank from 1990 – 2001 as the Director for the Ambassador Club, a club for the bank’s patrons who were 50 and older. As Director, her role consisted of putting on seminars, style shows, card parties, trips and tours, and other various events. Donna was fantastic in this role, and people gravitated to her for her kindness and the way she made everyone feel so special. In 2001, she retired to spend more time with her family she loved so dearly: her husband, her children, and especially her grandchildren.
Donna is survived by her husband of nearly fifty-seven years and their four children: sons Rob and James, and daughters Molly and Mary Jane; and their seven grandchildren: Jackson, Will, Ethan, Addison, Hagen, Palmer, and Brody.