Elizabeth “Betty” Mullen White | The sun on the north side
Elizabeth “Betty” Mullen White passed away in St. Catherine’s Village Madison, MS in the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday October 6, 2021, at the age of 97. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday October 12, 2021, in 10:00 am at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford, MS with Reverend Barrett Milner as officiant.
She was born on February 4, 1924, at her home in Blue Mound, Kansas. In 1993, his father, Curtis H. Mullen, took the train from Topeka, Kansas to Senatobia, Mississippi (with his savings in his pocket) to purchase the Oxford Eagle newspaper from owner JB “Billy” Snider. So, at the age of 9, Betty’s long-standing love affair began with that place that never leaves your heart, Oxford. Betty was a graduate of University High School, class of 1942. She attended Ole Miss and was a member of the Phi Mu sorority and the First Presbyterian Church, Oxford, MS. In 1944 she married James N. “Jimmie” White of Oxford, MS, also of the class of 1942. Jim’s engineering career took them away from Oxford for many years, but in 1985 after his retirement , they moved to Oxford. They both had a wonderful 10 years at home before Jim passed away in 1995. Around this time, Betty moved to St. Catherine’s Village to be closer to her daughter, Stacy. Betty often told Stacy that she wanted to die in Oxford, to which Stacy always replied: “Mom, I just don’t think I can fix this!” Betty is predeceased by her husband, James Norris White; his parents, Curtis Hollis and Vernice Leota Brassfield Mullen; three brothers, Phillip Earle “Moon” Mullen, Richard Dale Mullen and Donald Lloyd Mullen; his grandson, Charles Wendall “Wen” Hulsey III; and two sons-in-law, Charlie Hulsey and Charlie Maris.
Betty is survived by her son Jim White and his wife, Jan of Henderson, Kentucky; three daughters, Thana Cottrell and husband, TC of Rockledge, Fla., Nancy Hulsey, of Madison, Mississippi, and Stacy Maris of Madison, Mississippi; eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the following people:
The staff of the village of St. Catherine, in particular Pricilla, Christina, Tarva, Angela, Emily and Joyce. We would also like to thank Kveta Slobodnikova and Bertha Swan for their many years of loving care and friendship towards their mother. She loved you both dearly.
Audrey Jackson of Southern Home Care and her wonderful staff for their loving care.
Kindred Hospice for helping us on this final journey.
And last but not least, our “sisters Saint Catherine”, Alice Holland and Julia Hodges, you will always be dear in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at the First Presbyterian Church of Oxford, 924 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655, or The University of Mississippi Museum, PO Box 1848, University, MS 38677.
For more information or to leave condolences online, please call 662-234-7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.