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Marion Sullivan remembered by family

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 | 5:13 p.m. CST; updated 5:46 p.m. CST, Thursday, November 18, 2010

COLUMBIA – Marion "Benny" Sullivan died on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010. She was 90 years old.

Born in 1920 in Pawnee City, Neb., Mrs. Sullivan weighed two pounds at birth and her parents had to warm her on an oven door to nurse her to health. Mrs. Sullivan was an avid softball player growing up, and her team placed second in the state softball championships.

In 1940, Mrs. Sullivan married Joseph Henry Sullivan. After World War II, the couple moved to Columbia, where they raised their family. When her children had left for school, Mrs. Sullivan started working at Gerbes on Paris Road. By the time she retired she was a manager there.

Mrs. Sullivan was known within the family for her wonderful cooking, especially her pumpkin pies.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia.

Mrs. Sullivan is survived by her three daughters, Nora Ballew and Don of Columbia, Lynda Andrews-Dory and George of Aurora, Colo. and Micki Frey and Wayne of New Franklin; five grandchildren, Mark Andews and Felicia, Amy Amerson, Michelle Gingerich and Val, Erica Robinson and Lance and Cody Martin and Theresa; and six great-grandchildren. Her husband, three sisters, five brothers and a grandson, Joseph Adams, died earlier.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at Parker Funeral Service at 22 N. 10th St. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., also on Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Suite B, Columbia, MO 65202.


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