February 8, 1962 – March 25, 2018
Maureen Cecilia Mullinax, 56, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at her home in Cincinnati, OH.
Private services will be held at a later time. Donations may be made in memory of Maureen to: Appalshop (appalshop.org), 91 Madison Avenue, Whitesburg, KY 41858, MADISON AVE • WHITESBURG, KY 41858 Or Kentucky Foundation for Women, Heyburn Building, 332 West Broadway, Suite 1215, Louisville, KY 40202, kfw.org
Maureen was born February 8, 1962 the fourth child of Paul Edwin and Rosemary Christine Hartrich Mullinax in Olney, Illinois. She married Greg Howard in 2005. Maureen spent her childhood years in Ste. Marie, IL, a place that left her with many happy memories. She loved walking in the woods, fishing in the Dead River, rescuing abandoned animals, attending the annual 4th of July and Labor Day picnics, playing softball at the community park, cooking, and ice skating on local ponds. Upon high school graduation, she attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She obtained her Masters and PhD. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. Maureen selflessly thought of others first and fought for justice for those who had no voice. She traveled extensively as director of Appalachian Media Institute at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY. Her responsibilities included teaching young adults filmmaking skills and overseeing the Appalshop Learning Center. Maureen married Greg Howard of Whitesburg, KY in 2004. She was an associate professor at Loras College in Dubuque, IA, Knox College in Galesburg, KY, and Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Maureen had much of her research published including "Attending to Place, Race, and Community: Translocal Partnering between Scholars and Activists in Central Appalachia and the Black Belt South" and "Building Community in Harlan County, Kentucky: Resistance Through Community-Based Art and Research"
Maureen is survived by husband, Greg; brother, Stephen (Lita) Mullinax of Prescott Valley, AZ; sisters, Christine Mullinax (Margie Barnes) of Sierra Vista, AZ, Gina (Stephen) Fox of Charleston, Mary Anne (Nick) Del Rio of Bakersfield, CA, and Laura (Tim) Swan of Vincennes, IN; nieces Leslie (Matthew) Taggart, Sarah (John) Grissom, Allison Tharp, and Hannah Swan and nephews, Malachi Mullinax, Sam (Courtney Traugh) Del Rio, Evan Fox, and Adam Del Rio, and nine great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Rosemary Mullinax, grandparents, Ferdinand and Mayme Hartrich and Charles and Nina Mullinax, and nephew, Shiloh Mullinax.