Ann Lorayne Houlihan Sullivan
peacefully passed away at age 100 on May 8, 2021. A devoted wife, highly organized mother, and impeccable homemaker, she outlived her husband John Hinchey Sullivan by just under 15 years, and is survived by their 7 children: Anne (Ben) Williams, Laura Jane Sullivan, Jeanne Correnti, Carole (Bob) Christie, John (Mary) Sullivan, Mary Pat (David Swimmer) Sullivan, and Chris Sullivan, 15 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and by Paulette Watson, whom she loved like a daughter.
Ann attended St. Luke’s Grade School, St. Joseph’s Academy, and Fontbonne College before marrying John. She had a lifelong love of her husband, babies, laughter, dogs, card games, tennis (retired from tennis at age 85), clothes, and the aesthetic rearrangement of furniture and decorative items. In the last part of her life she derived great joy whenever her adult children got along, laughed and had fun together. She liked to say of her children that she had “seven . . . one of each kind.”
She enjoyed membership in the Society of St. Francis de Sales, the Serra Club, and the Altar Society of St. Roch’s Church. A long time (70+ years) parishioner of St. Roch’s, she was a fixture at the 4:30 pm mass on Saturdays.
Although for the last ten years she said she was ready to go, we think like a fine wine, Mom got better and better with age. She lived life to the fullest and after 100 years, to quote Dad, “this was sufficient.”
A wife. A mother. A friend. A supportive rock. She will be missed.
Services: With gratitude for Ann Sullivan’s long and beautiful life, Mass is to be celebrated Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 10 A.M at St. Roch Catholic Church, 6052 Waterman Blvd., 63112.
Ann donated her body to St. Louis University School of Medicine. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Evelyn’s House – www.bjchospice.org/evelyns-house, St. Roch Parish, 6052 Waterman Blvd. St Louis, MO 63112 or Serra Club of St. Louis – serrastl.org
Marian Clanton saysMay 15, 2021 at 3:45 pm
I just read the notice. I am so sorry for your loss. She lived a long and rewarding life. We’ll all keep her in our heart and be mindful of the exceptional woman she was while with us. Now with her Creator.
Carole Christie saysMay 21, 2021 at 11:34 am
Thank you, Tootsie!