Obituary Delphine King Gladden Mulvihill (1928-2022) – Harrison, Arkansas

Delphine King Gladen Mulvihill, 93, of Fayetteville, died Friday, July 1, 2022, at her daughter’s home.
She was born on November 28, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to William Browning and Delphine Marie Titus King. Friends and family knew her simply as D. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she graduated from Villa Duchesne. She moved to Harrison, Arkansas in 1951, after she married Jean Carl Gladen, MD. In Harrison, where she raised her family, she was an excellent homemaker and mother.
She was an active member of the Catholic Church of Mary the Mother of God, the Girl Scouts of America, the Women’s Book Club and the Garden Club of Harrison. She has enjoyed being outside and has been known to float on the Buffalo River in the spring when the river is high, after she’d dropped her kids off to school. Her love for Arkansas and the Razorbacks was deep. She and Jan attended all the football games at the Razorback house where they made friends from all over the state. She has enjoyed traveling the world, but has always claimed Arkansas as her home. She has made many friends through travel and was proud to share Arkansas with them on their visits.
She was a part-time resident of Vail, Colorado where she loved the mountains. She was a member of Vail Club 50, a social club where she enjoyed snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter months and hiking in the summer. When she strolled before the Bravo Music Festival parties at the Ford Amphitheater, she always brought her famous devilish eggs to share with everyone who wanted one. When she was in Vail she attended daily mass either at the Chapel of Religions in Vail or at St. Patrick’s Church in Menthorn. In the shops in town, she was known as the cookie lady who baked cookies for skate and bike rental employees. She was known by locals and restaurateurs for her kindness, white hair and someone who always dressed her best in every season.
Jane died in 1994. Dee returned to St. Louis, and married one of her high school inmates, Thomas Mulvihill in 2003. When she was in St. Louis, she attended daily mass at the Carmalet Abbey where she became friends with others who attended. As the saying goes, “She’s never met a stranger” and she’s never had a problem making new friends anywhere she goes.
I love DIY cooking and feeding people. She was a gourmet chef who loved trying new recipes and partying dinners. She loved bringing people together with food as the focal point. Her kitchen was her playground. Sewing was one of her hobbies. She sewed much of their clothes, and their curtains, and their bedspreads, and their handkerchiefs. She loved needle pointing and made many needlepoint belts and pillows. When she attends sporting events for her children she is a tight knit. She sewed many sweaters for herself and her family. Later in her life, she would knit woolen socks for all the men in the family. She has supported the visual and performing arts over the years. Dee loved strategy games and taught them to her grandchildren at an early age, particularly Rummikub. Dee’s death was preceded by her parents; her late husband, Jean Gladin; Sons, King and Peter Gladden, and father, Jim Wesling.
She is survived by three daughters, Delphine (Paul) Williams of St. Louis, Missouri, Jane Corrigan of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Ann (Rick) Melbourne of Harrison, Arkansas. Nine Grandchildren, Emily (John) Greenway, Kevin (Amanda) Corrigan, Crystal (Adam) Wing, Will (Alex) Gladden, Peter (Sarah) Williams, Kate (Jack) Horan, Claire (Leslie) Froschauer, Mark Melbourne, and Julie ( hunter) Lunsford; Thirteen great-grandchildren, Anna Claire and Ellie Lambert, Cash Geiger, Noah, Elizabeth and Caroline Wing, Joseph and Rachel Williams, Catherine, Zeiler, Sadie Corrigan, Kingsley Gladen and Delphine Rose Horan.
The grave and burial service will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison, Arkansas, July 22, under the supervision of the Holt Memorial Chapel. Memorial services will also be held in St. Louis, Missouri on July 30 and in Vail, Colorado (to be announced later).
In lieu of flowers, you can choose to donate to the Jean C. Gladden, MD Scholarship and King Gladden Memorial Scholarship at UAMS School of Medicine that was created to provide financial assistance to a medical student who has financial needs and has the ability to work with people as demonstrated through volunteerism and community service. Please send donations to the UAMS College of Medicine Scholarship Fund, 4301 West Markham #716, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 or
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Posted by Holt Memorial Chapel – Harrison on Jul 3, 2022.

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