Youth: I feel it is appropriate to start my first blog post with my mother, Larene Mullins, as she was the beginning of me… Larene grew up in Harts Creek (pronounced Harch Creek by us kids), West Virginia. She was the youngest child of Peter Madison Mullins and Alifair Robinson Mullins. When she was of high school age, she spent time at her sister’s house as it was easier for her to attend school at Chapmanville High School. Larene met William Jay Phillips and they married in 1947. They lived in the Barnabus/Cow Creek area of Logan County throughout their lives.
Adulthood: Bill and Larene had 7 children between the years 1947 and 1963. Sadly, they suffered through the death of 3 of their children. Larene said at one time that her reliance on God carried her through the dark times. Her Biblical “life verse” was in Philippines 4:19:
“But my God shall supply your needs according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ.”
She attended and volunteered at the Barnabus Church of God and brought her children with her. A stay-at-home mother while her children were in school, she worked privately babysitting for family or neighbors and sewing or altering clothing. When her youngest daughter was in high school, Larene gained employment as a seamstress in a mens clothing and department store. As an empty nester, Larene continued to work part-time as well as volunteer in her local church and with the Ladies Club at Omar, WV helping with blood drives, elections, book mobiles and fund raisers.
Late Life: After Bill’s death, Larene lived quietly with her eldest daughter. Although Larene suffered with lifelong health problems, her quiet acceptance of life’s difficulties and compassion for people endeared her to those who knew her.