If you ask any student who walked the halls of Lenape High School in the past 61 years, they remember that name.
Much more than a secretary, Mary Jane Mullen was the essence and heart of Lenape. I can vividly remember walking past the glass windows of the main office and seeing her smiling face. She was the epitome of warmth, compassion and nurturing. She gave thousands of kids a safe place to go to, to be heard and to be loved. She was someone none of us could ever forget.
Decades later, we never have.
On her way to school, on May 5th, she was in an automobile accident and succumbed to her injuries on May 14th, Mother’s Day. A heartbreaking day for the LHS community, for someone who was like a mother to so many.
I know Mary Jane is up there with her sidekick Phyllis (her secretary sister for decades), laughing, passing out candy and offering hugs.
Thank you for being you, MJ. You made more of a difference than you could have ever known.