Shelley Dru Noble Mullins, 56, peacefully passed away Thursday, Nov. 23,  2017, after a short illness.
A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for more than 34 years, Shelley was a longtime member of the Noble Foundation’s board of directors; an active civic volunteer; and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
Shelley Dru Noble Mullins was born Aug. 8, 1961, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to Sam and Mary Jane Noble. She spent her youth in Ardmore and graduated from Ardmore High School in 1979.
Mullins attended the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. While at OU, she met Jeffrey Mullins on vacation in Mexico. The pair shared their first dinner at Senor Frogs and fell in love.      
The pair wed on Oct. 15, 1983, and she moved to Vancouver, where they built their life and started a family. Mullins dedicated her energy to caring for and supporting her family. As a grandmother, she went above and beyond to help her granddaughter, Anabelle, with everything from transporting her to school and gymnastics lessons to making sure she had festive dresses for Easter and Christmas.
In addition to supporting her family, Mullins was an active volunteer in the Vancouver community. She was a member, donor and volunteer at St. Mary’s Anglican Church of Kerrisdale in Vancouver, where she served multiple roles. She was a volunteer driver for cancer patients from the British Columbia Cancer Society, helping to ensure patients were safely transported to and from their cancer treatment appointments every week. She was also a volunteer canvasser for the cancer society, helping solicit donations and share information about the nonprofit.
Mullins was an active philanthropist who supported numerous nonprofits and charities, including the Bilby Foundation, British Columbia Cancer Society, Coast Foundation, Edgewood Recovery Center, Heart Transplant Homes Society, Ranch Hand Rescue, St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, St. John’s School and Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Agency.
Even in her passing, Mullins was able to give back to her community. As an organ donor, she provided potential life to four others.
Mullins was the granddaughter of Lloyd Noble, the founder of the Noble Research Institute (formally The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation). She served on the Noble Foundation’s Board of Directors for almost 20 years helping direct the organization’s research, education and philanthropic activities. She also served as a member of the board of directors for the Quien Sabe Corporation.
She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey; children, Ryan Mullins and Blair Mullins; stepdaughter, Jodi Mullins; brothers, Russell Noble, Nick Noble and Lloyd Noble; sisters-in-law Sally Noble and Janet Mullins; granddaughter, Anabelle Mullins; and pets, Leo and Lucas.
Mullins’ hobbies included tennis, strength training classes and traveling.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at St. Mary’s Anglican Church of Kerrisdale in Vancouver.
A second memorial service for family and friends will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Arrangements for the Ardmore service will be handled by Craddock Funeral Home.  
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Shelley Mullins’ memory to the Canadian Cancer Society ( or the Heart Transplant Homes Society (