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    Monday, April 17 2023
    Dolores Jean VanHattem Mullens

    Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes AT 05:35 pm   |  Permalink   |  9 Comments  |  Email
    My condolsences to the family.Ms.Dee was a lovely and kind lady she be truly missed.
    Posted by Barbara Moseley on 04/18/2023 - 06:49 PM
    Laura, we had some wonderful times at your home growing up. Your wonderful mother always was so sweet to us. I am so very sorry for your families loss. I know she will be greatly missed.
    Posted by Betty Slaughter Cook on 04/18/2023 - 09:23 PM
    I extend my sincere condolences and prayers to the family. Your Mother taught me "everything" about military correspondence, business attire, and professionalism. I have always kept the military binder with everything she taught me. Her wisdom was unmatched. May she rest peacefully in the arms of God.
    Posted by Carlene Wynn on 04/19/2023 - 08:15 AM
    We met Dee when our family were residents of Hickory Hill. She was caring and professional and provided a needed home for healing and belonging , for this we were grateful. Her family helped to make her dreams a reality. Rest In Peace for. A life well done. Nancy and Bagley
    Posted by Nancy and Bagley Hawthorne on 04/19/2023 - 08:16 AM
    With deepest sympathy, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Posted by Kevin Witty on 04/19/2023 - 12:37 PM
    Dee was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. For all of us who have known and loved her, we are fortunate to have had that opportunity. For her family, her loss is profound, but she is part of you and you are strong, as she was. Know that she is always with you. My heartfelt condolences.
    Posted by Nancy Reynolds on 04/19/2023 - 03:20 PM
    Laura, Danny and all the family. Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers. I have such find memories of my days at Hickory Hill doing hair. Dee, was a wonderful person. My God give you peace and comfort on the days ahead. So sorry for your loss.. Cheryl
    Posted by Cheryl Card on 04/19/2023 - 06:47 PM
    Dear Cousins, You have our deepest sympathies in the loss of Dee. What a life of accomplishment! She had a heart for the elderly and served them well at Hickory Hill. But even more importantly she loved Jesus as her Savior! Dee has earned many jewels in her heavenly crown through her life of serving the Lord. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is singing in the choir of heaven! “When by His grace I shall look on His face, that will be glory, be glory for me!”
    Posted by Don and Thea (Verbeek) Stienstra on 04/21/2023 - 01:26 PM
    Knowing that the people that were with her on a daily basis, will miss her tremendously, I unfortunately didn’t have that pleasure, but it doesn’t take away from the fact, I know she was a believer, and that I am too, and I can be with her and rejoice with her in the future.. And amazing woman that did amazing things for others
    Posted by Dave van hattem on 04/22/2023 - 03:06 PM

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    Dolores Jean “Dee” VanHattem Mullens, 88, of Burkeville, Va joined the saints in paradise on April 17, 2023. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Richard VanHattem, Sr.  and Wynne VanHattem and sister of the late Cornelius “Corky” VanHattem.She is survived by her sons, Thomas R. Farleigh (Debbie) of Amelia and Daniel L. Farleigh (Phyllis) of Burkeville; her daughter, Laura D. Glasscock (WC) of Keysville; her grandchildren, Anna, Falon, Ashley, David, Dan and Destiny; 8 great-grandchildren; her brother, Richard “Dick” VanHattem, Jr. (Esther); her sister, Teresa “Teri” Hutton (Bill); numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.  She was a charter member of (Nottoway) Blackstone Church of Christ, past President of the Blackstone Day School Patrons Association from 1978-1979 and was a 17 year member of the Commonwealth Chorale. Dee retired after 17 years from Civil Service working first at Fort Pickett as Secretary to the Commander, then she became the Executive Secretary to the Adjutant General of the Virginia Army National Guard from 1997-1999. During that time, she attended John Tyler College, graduating with honors. She built Hickory Hill Retirement Community in 1998, opened its doors in 1999, and has been its dedicated and devoted Administrator until she passed away there peacefully, thanks to the wonderful care from her loving staff.  She also taught Sunday School for over 30 years. The family will receive friends Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Clarke Funeral Home in Kenbridge. Funeral services will be 4Pm Sunday, April 23, 2023 at the Blackstone Church of Christ, 256 Brunswick Road, Blackstone, Va. 23824. Private interment at the Hickory Hill homeplace. “Ms. Dee” loved flowers, however any donations can be made to the Hickory Hill residents’ Activity Club 900 Cary Shop Road Burkeville, VA 23922.

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