Suzanne Cecilia Sullivan, 73, of Columbia passed away peacefully July 29, 2020.

She was born Nov. 22, 1946, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Raymond and Ann Peter. She grew up the eldest of three children and attended Mercy High School in Omaha and Rosary College in Chicago. She married her soulmate, John Sullivan, on Aug. 4, 1973, and together they had eight children.

Suzanne’s faith was the guiding principle in her life, and she selflessly devoted her life to all of God’s children. She taught grade school prior to beginning her life’s work of raising her family.

When asked how she managed to raise eight children, she replied, “I promised God if He gave them to me, I would raise them, but I would need His help.”

She continued her devotion to children, running an in-home day care for many years, teaching CCD at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and managing various school kitchens with Columbia Public Schools for 17 years. Additionally, she served as a wedding/event planner from 1997 to 2017 and coordinated the twice-yearly Knights of Columbus Fish Fry for 25 years.

In 2003, she became a board member for Interstate Printing, a Peter family business, which she actively served on until her death.

Suzanne is survived by her husband, John Sullivan; her mother-in-law, Teresa Kilmer; her brothers, John (Becky) and Joe (Susan) Peter; her children, Teresanne and Mike Beshears, Bekki Sullivan, John and Jenny Sullivan, David and Natalie Sullivan, Dorothy and Tom Gleditsch, Libby Sullivan, Maggie and Evan Wolfeand Michael Sullivan; her 23 grandchildren; and so many others she welcomed into her heart and home as her own.

The world is a better place because of Suzanne’s presence. Her embrace was always warm and ready, her smile could light up a room, her ability to forgive inspiring and her faith steadfast. She will be missed beyond measure, but her spirit will live on in the countless lives she touched. She has earned her eternal rest and heavenly reward.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., in Columbia. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com.

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