May SULLIVAN

SULLIVAN, MAY. May Isabell Sullivan (nee McInnes) was born May 1st, 1914, in Fernridge, Langley. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Nov. 22nd at Zion Park Manor in Cloverdale. May was predeceased by her husband Jim and daughter Trudy. She is survived by her sister Glenda; children Brian (Iris), Michael (Diane), twins Vicki and Richard, Patrick (Sharon), and Joni; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. May spent most of her life in Surrey, but served overseas as an ambulance driver, with her sister Margie, during World War II. In 1941 she married Jim Sullivan who was also a pioneer from Sullivan Station. May taught for nearly 30 years at Cloverdale Catholic School and prior to that in the public school system, starting out with eight grades together in a single room school at Green Timbers in Surrey. “May” “Mum” “Granny” (and “Mrs. Sullivan” to her many students) was a kind, calm, steady person with quiet resolve. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, and caring friend. Her house was, for many years, a gathering place for family and friends. Everyone was always made to feel welcome and make themselves at home – and they did. The Sullivan home was one of constant activity, including sleepovers for the grandchildren in the tree fort, backyard visits and wiener roasts, countless cups of tea, and the occasional shot of rye. She enjoyed walking along the beach in stormy weather and observing nature. May had a passion for gardening and was known for her beautiful dahlias. Other interests included playing scrabble, doing crosswords, painting, and visiting at the picnic table with family and friends. We would like May to be remembered for her warm, friendly, and sweet disposition, her keen sense of humour, and her positive outlook on life. Even in her later years, she had the gift to see the wonder in the everyday. May will be truly missed and fondly remembered for the many lives she has touched and for all the happy times. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff and volunteers at Zion Park Manor for their superb care and support. The Memorial Service will be held at Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church, 17475 59 Ave. Cloverdale on Friday Nov.30th at 11:00, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations be made to a favourite charity.


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