Laurentine Loverna Mullin

Laurentine Loverna Mullin

Female 1927 - 2010  (82 years)

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  • Name Laurentine Loverna Mullin  [1
    Born 10 Aug 1927  Adams, Jefferson County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Apr 2010  Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Age 82 years 
    Buried Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I35991  Tree2020
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 

    Father Ancestors Victor Ellis Mullin, Sr.
              b. 8 Sep 1901, Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 11 Feb 1972, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Clara Laverne Fitzgerald
              b. 13 Apr 1907, New Haven, Oswego County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 9 Jan 1997, Wildwood, Sumter County, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 24 Nov 1923  Adams, Jefferson, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F13356  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Unknown Rogers 
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 
    Family ID F13357  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

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      Laurentine Loverna Mullin was born August 10, 1927, in Adams, New York, to Victor Ellis Mullin and Clara L. Fitzgerald Mullin. She was the second to the oldest of eight children and loved helping to raise her younger siblings. She was always musical. She played trumpet and harmonica, and sang with her older sister. Her claim to fame was that she once sang on the radio with Woody Herman when he was stationed at Camp Drum in Watertown, New York, during World War II.

      Laurentine met Roy Bettinger soon after graduating high school at Mannsville Manor Central School. In August, he asked her if she would agree to marry him after Christmas. She said that she would. She thought that he was going to propose to her after Christmas. She had no idea they were actually engaged! They were married January 5, 1946. It was during their honeymoon to Montreal, Canada, that he told her that he wasn't going to wake up every morning and call her Laurentine. He said, "Your name is Mike." That was the name friends used, although family still called her Laurentine.

      "Mike" and Roy raised five children on their dairy and poultry farm in northern New York. Neither of them were able to attend college, but education was important to them. They taught their children to value a college education, not to get a good job, but because a good education changes who you are. All of their children attended college.

      Roy died on November 231, 1975. "Mike" began a cottage industry making and selling jams and jellies, as well as breads and cookies. She sold over 100 varieties of jams and jellies at craft markets, in independent stores, at the Women's Exchange in New York City, and at the Farmers Market in Watertown, New York. Her business was successful, and she thrived at being so independent.

      In 1987 "Mike" married Roy Rogers, a man she met through a personal advertisement family members placed in the Watertown Daily Times without her knowledge. Roy died in 2004. "Mike" and Roy moved to Oregon to be near "Mike's" youngest grandchildren in 1999. She provided childcare for her grandchildren, and was active in the Portland First United Methodist Church, as she had been very active in churches throughout her life.

      "Mike" developed Alzheimer's Disease while in Portland. When she realized what was happening to her, she said that she was thankful she had married two men named Roy so it wouldn't be too confusing to people! In July of 2009 she was moved to the Good Samaritan Society, Idaho Falls Village, so that she could be near her family. Brenda passed away April 22, 2010.

      Mike is survived by two sons, Frank (Sheila) Bettinger of Ellisburg, New York, Barry (Shahnaz) Bettinger in Edmonds, Washington, and two daughters, Sharon (Fran) Taplin of Pulaski, New York, and Brenda (Daniel) Sene of Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both husbands and by her daughter, Melisa Bettinger Powell.

      A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Trinity United Methodist Church. You are invited to bring cookies for a cookie exchange after the celebration of her life.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1309] U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current,, (Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).