In Memory of

Marjorie Sullivan

April 30, 1920 - July 3, 2013
Marjorie J. Sullivan, the daughter of John "Ed" and Fern (Neal) Tawney, was born on April 30, 1920 on a farm near Osmond, NE. When she was six months old, the family moved to Omaha, NE, and then two years later, to Sioux City, IA. In 1935, she moved to Cherokee where she graduated from Wilson High School. She was united in marriage to Ernest Sullivan on September 10, 1937 in Sioux City, IA. She lived in Cherokee until 1942. She then moved to Sioux City and then to Portland, Oregon where she worked as a Machinist Expediter for WWII ship builder, Willamette Iron & Steel Co. During Ernie's Army service, she moved to Stockton, CA. She went to work for the State of California as Secretary to the Supt. & Medical Director of the Stockton State Hospital. She worked there from 1945 until 1972, when she retired and moved to the mountains above Stockton. In 1978, she returned to Cherokee, except for brief periods in Reno, NV and Cincinnati, OH. Marjorie enjoyed dancing, reading, gardening and bowling. She loved music, old movies, and Katie Scarlett, her 13 year old companion Boston Terrier. On July 3, 2013, Marjorie passed away at Careage Hills Nursing Home at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Sullivan; her parents, Ed and Fern Tawney; sister-in-law, Margaret McGaffin; and brother-in-law, Durwood Sullivan. She will lovingly be remembered by her sons: Gary (Pamela) Sullivan of Yachats, OR, and Greig (Donna) Sullivan of Cincinnati, OH; 5 grandchildren: Sean Sullivan of Laurie, MO, Michael (Melissa) Sullivan of Shawnee, KS, Lorrie (Shawn) Stewart of Marshalltown, IA, Randy (Colleen) Burris of Chatsworth, CA, and Nicholas J. Pasley of Portland, OR; 6 great-Grandchildren: Derek Sullivan of Laurie, MO, Issabella Sullivan of Shawnee, KS, Lilliana Sullivan of Shawnee, KS, Kai Burris of Chatsworth, CA, Skyler Burris of Chatsworth, CA, and Nate Burris of Marshalltown, IA; two sisters-in-law, Betty (Robert) Barcus of Spokane, WA; and Billie Sullivan of Medical Lake, WA; one cousin, Wilma Ernster of Cedar Rapids, IA, one step-sister, Ruth Anderson of Cherokee, IA; two nieces: Susan E., and Walden Barcus; and other relatives and friends.
Graveside memorial services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee.
There will be no visitation
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I got to know Marge when Ernie was a resident in the nursing home I worked in. Katie came to visit almost every time Marge did and got to know me quite well, too, as she equated coming top the nursing home to my desk drawer and knew exactly which one the doggie treats were in. They were dear friends to me and I will miss them all. Sorry about Katie, but Marge has her with her and Ernie for eternity. Was nice getting to know her family as well. Hope all goes well for you. God Bless. ”
- Glenda Schleef
Friday, July 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear about Marj she was such a neat lady. I was there to see her just a few weeks ago and was stunned at Katie's tumor. So glad to hear they were buried together as they were the best of friends. Always enjoyed visiting them at the Gardens because she always had the neatest music playing and it was fun to guess who the artist was. My deepest sympathies to her family for she was one of the best.”
- Peggy A. Hinkhouse
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear about Marg! I visited her just a couple of weeks ago and we had a nice talk. She and my Mom Ruth were best of friends going back to before WWII. I'm sure they are now all visiting over a drink and having a good time!”
- Dick Bierman
Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“ Our deepest sympanty to all the family members. No matter how old we get it is hard to lose a parent. Her memory will be carried on in the hearts of all who knew her. It saddens us not to be able to be with you at this time. Our prayers are with you. We love you, Dennis & Ginger.”
- Ginger McCready
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