Mildred W. Sullivan

Mildred W. Sullivan

October 16, 1927 ~ December 18, 2010

Born in: Shelby, N.C.,
Resided in: Mills River, NC

Mills River – Mildred W. Sullivan, 83, of Mills River, formerly of Asheville, died Saturday, December 18, 2010. A native of Shelby, she was the daughter of the late Claude E. and Cassie McKillop Willis and was also preceded in death by a sister Beth Lamb and a brother Claude Willis. Mildred was a member of First Baptist Church of Asheville and a retired employee of Morgan Furniture Company. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, William Sullivan; two daughters, Penny Sullivan Edwards of Jacksonville, Florida and Patti Kaye Sullivan of Mills River; a son, Kevin William Sullivan of Gloucester, Virginia. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard in Fletcher with the Reverends Allen Raines and Leah Brown officiating. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 5 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. I have known Mildred for about 35 years from my beauty shop. Her mother was a patron in my shop for 35 years also. Mildred was not only a customer she was a special friend. We shared many wonderful moments together. The growing up and marriage of my children and the birth of my grandchildren. The marriage of her children and the death of her parents. All this was shared . Mildred would tell me the ‘hair appointment’ was her therapy time.She was ‘special’ to my whole family and friend to all customers who knew her. She will be greatly missed.

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  2. We have had the pleasure of being neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan for many years. Mrs. Sullivan was a warm and extremely kind lady who never failed to make us feel special whenever we met. She is greatly missed!

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  3. To the dear family of Mildred Sullivan..Your Mother and wife have meant so much to the Purser Family throughout the years. Cousin Mildred and my mother Gladys McKillop Purser were so close. We still have the high geranium planted in back yard that Mildred and Bill brought to Mom’s funeral. It is beautiful every year it blooms. Cousin Mildred had such a love and devotion for her family and for her McKillop family and their roots. She went over and beyond the call of duty caring for her Aunt Inez and keeping in touch my my mother; her Aunt Gladys by phone calls and visits. I want to thank her for all the encouraging words when adversities came to the Purser family. Cousin Mildred will be greatly missed on earth but definitely Heaven’s gain. She’s now reunited with her daughter Beth, her mother and dad and aunts and uncles. What a homecoming this Christmas is for her and all those that have gone before her!

    We’ll keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dinah Purser, Cyrus Purser, Suzanne P. Wilson, and Mack Purser

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  4. I now feel even more blessed to have seen Mildred and William while shopping recently,after not having seen them since childhood! Memories of Christmas cake and tea and summer outings came to mind first, but after reading her memorial, I realize that this is the family who picked me on Sundays and took me to training union at church when I was young. I will always remember her special calm and sweetness. I pray for comfort to those who will miss her so.

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October 16, 1927 ~ December 18, 2010


Resided in: Mills River, NC

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