OBITUARY: Cavalyn Nancy Muller


Cavalyn Nancy Muller, 83, Educator for Maury County schools and resident of Columbia, passed away on December 2, 2023 at Maury Regional Hospital.

Born in New York City, New York, she was the Daughter of the late Henry Gundel and the late Helen Suchomel Gundel.

Cavalyn loved teaching, she taught for 61 years in New York and Tennessee. She was so proud of being the founder and director of Willow Hall Academy in Franklin, TN From the 1980’s – 2010. She loved her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed playing with every dog she came across and tending to her flowers.

Survivors include her daughters: Nancy (John) Caterina, Cathleen Muller-Reed, and Jennifer (Mark) Ballard, grandchildren: Tesla Reed, Raven Reed, and Jennylyn Caterina, cousins: Bill and Debbie Gundel, and special friend Madeline Swystun.

Funeral services will be scheduled at a later date. Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors are assisting the family.

Memorials may be made to or St. Peters Episcopal Church.

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