Ruth McBride Mullen

Ruth McBride Mullen

Passed: May 23, 2024
Charleston, WV

Ruth McBride Mullen

Passed: May 23, 2024
Charleston, WV


Ruth McBride Mullen passed away on May 23, 2024. She was born in Boston, MA, on August 30, 1932, the daughter of Philip V. and Marguerite G. McBride.

Ruth was a graduate of the Boston Academy of Notre Dame in 1950 and graduated in 1954, cum laude, from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA.

Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph L. Mullen, in 2006; her eldest son, Jay, in 2016; and her only sibling, Dr. Paul McBride, in 1988.

Surviving are her two daughters, Julie M. Schmidt and her husband Tom of Lancaster, PA, and Elizabeth M. Mullen and her husband Richard Folkers of Garrett Park, MD; and two sons, Christopher D. Mullen and his wife Amy and Dr. Jeffrey M. Mullen and his wife Catherine, both of Charleston, WV.

She was a loving grandmother to nine grandchildren: Ryan Schmidt and his wife Melanie, Emma Schmidt, Kelly and Christina Folkers, Payton, Mills, and Claire Mullen, Tucker and Matthew Mullen, and one great-grandchild, Gia M. Schmidt.

Ruth was an active member of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. She was a Eucharistic Minister for many years, serving both the Church and the homebound. She volunteered for thirty-plus years for Meals on Wheels and served as president. Her greatest joys were her family and her God.

Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

iMass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2024, at the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1114 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV, with the Very Rev. Donald Higgs officiating.  The service will be livestreamed at Immediately following the Mass, entombment will be held at All Saints Chapel, Mt. Olivet Mausoleum, Charleston, WV.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass in the Gathering Room at the Basilica.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one or both of the following places: Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV  25311,    a nd/or Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1114 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV  25301, .
Condolences may be sent to the family at .

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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3 responses to Ruth McBride Mullen

  1. Our condolences and sympathy to the Mullen family. Eddie and I will miss seeing Ruth at mass and our wonderful conversations afterwards.

  2. My sincere condolences to the family on the loss of their beloved Ruth. It will be strange not seeing her at her usual place in Sacred Heart.
    I will miss her smile and our chats.

  3. Sandy Hess says:

    Blessings to the entire Mullen family in this heart-wrenching loss. There is nothing else on earth like the love of a mother. Keeping you in our prayers.

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