|Joan Shirley Peel Mulligan
Joan P. Mulligan
December 8, 1929 ~ December 8, 2017 (age 88)
Joan Peel Mulligan, longtime resident of Silver Spring, MD, passed away early in the
morning of Friday, December 8, 2017, at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing
Center in Olney, Maryland.
She was born on December 8, 1929, to the late Robert (Sam) and Ruth Peel in
Washington, D.C. Joan graduated from Eastern High School (1948), where she
met her future husband, Edward.
Joan and Ed were married on June 11, 1949, and remained happily married until Ed’s
death in July 2014. Joan had a long career as a legal secretary for the Washington D.
C. tax law firm of Ivins, Phillips, and Barker.
She and Ed were world travelers, and regarded an African safari as one of their
favorite experiences. Joan loved cooking and entertaining, especially at her summer
cottage near Solomon’s Island, MD. She was an expert knitter, and many family
members and friends have a treasured Christmas stocking or sweater she made for
them. Joan led many volunteer projects over her lifetime, starting as a young teen,
when she organized a Thanksgiving dinner for soldiers away from their families. More
recently, she worked tirelessly to acquire a new organ for University Baptist Church, in
College Park, MD where she was a member. Joan was an avid animal lover and was
devoted to her many dogs and cats over the years.
Joan was the sister of the late Doris Peel Dowling.
She is survived by her niece, Donna Rae Ballard and her nephew, Robert Dowling and
his wife Carol. She also leaves behind grandnephews Kenneth Hendershot, Jeffrey
Hendershot, and Michael Dowling, grandniece Kristin Spenser, several great-grand
nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University Baptist Church, 3515
Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740, or to P.A.W. (Partnership For Animal
Welfare), P.O. Box 1074, Greenbelt, MD 2068