A 38-year-old stay-at-home mom, Shelly Mullas is an active volunteer and board member for the Heartland Small Animal Rescue. She married Dan Mullas in 2005 and the couple has three children; Tyler, 8, Anthony, 5 and Gracie, 4. The family currently lives in South Bend.
Where did you grow up?
My family moved to Goshen the summer before I started first grade. I have an older sister, Amy (Hamilton) Lewman, and brother Andrew Hamilton. We lived over by West Goshen Elementary School and Baker’s Field and my parents (Jim and Rosie Hamilton) still live there. I graduated Goshen High School in 1991, and went to Ball State University for several years. I ended up going to Davenport University years later to pursue a Medical Assisting Degree, but stopped to be a stay at home mom to our kids. I met my husband Dan, in 2005 and we moved to South Bend.
What are your fondest memories of Goshen?
Some of the best memories from Goshen are from the neighborhood we lived in. It was a safe place to grow up, play and even get in trouble. I was really lucky to have some awesome neighbors who looked after me like I was their own child. I remember playing a version of hide and go seek (called “bloody murder”) with all the neighborhood kids until it was well past dark. I can only imagine how the adults of the neighborhood felt when we would scream at the top of our lungs when we found the person hiding.
We always felt safe riding our bikes to our friends houses, across town and over to Judd Drugs to get a grilled cheese and fountain cherry Coke. I spent many days in Everett’s, Murphy’s, Hooks Drug Store, Spurgeons and The Chief looking for deals with my small allowance.
In junior high, I spent my entire summer walking over to Rogers Park to watch the boys play baseball. I had a few friends who would get dropped off at my house; we would walk over and get root beer floats from The Chief and sit in the stands until our parents would come get us.
I worked for G.L.Perrys all through high school and some of college. I have fond memories of making Easter baskets in the back room, trying to catch the parakeets when they got out and helping to decorate the Christmas trees each winter.