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Mary Ann Sullivan, 83, of Joplin Mo., passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the home of her daughter, Renee.
Mary was born January 31, 1934, in Weir, Kan., to Joseph and Eva (Blake) Myers. Mary graduated from Weir High School and later received a bachelor's degree from Missouri Southern State College, in Joplin. She held various positions in the medical field, and retired from Freeman Hospital (Joplin) after 20 years of service.
She married the love of her life, Gerald L. Bruner, in 1953, and together they had three children, Sheree, Renee, and Mark.
Gerald was a helicopter pilot for the Army, and was severely injured while stationed in Germany. He subsequently passed away stateside after years of medical treatment.
Mary later married James J. Sullivan and to this union was born one son, Stephen.
Mary and her family resided in Webb City, Mo. for several years prior to moving to Joplin. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Webb City, and most recently, St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Joplin. She was a follower of Mother Theresa, Pope John Paul, and Pope Francis. She enjoyed keeping up with current events, politics, and was a kind, altruistic person who appreciated and respected the diversity of other cultures, races, religions, and individuals. She was an avid gardener and had a special place in her heart for her many rescue pets. She was a generous, loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, David and Joe (Myers); sister, Dorothy (Jones); and son Mark.
She is survived by her daughters, Sheree Bruner-Jacot and Renee Bruner Dean; son, Stephen J Sullivan; six granddaughters, Lisa (Sam) Malik, Juliet Smith, Caitlin Smith, Aubrey Dean, Emily (Victor) Dean and Zoe Sullivan; three great-grandchildren, Jackson, Ava and Roman; brother-in-law, Donald Bruner; sister-in-law, Dola Nelson; and several nieces and nephews.
Family will accept visitors 30 minutes prior to the Holy Rosary ceremony, which will be held Friday, November 3, at 6:30 p.m. at St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Joplin. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, November 4, at 1 p.m., also at St Peters, followed by a burial ceremony at Hosey Hill Cemetery, Weir Kan., (map directions will be given at the funeral to those who wish to attend).
Mary's family extends special thanks to her brother-in-law, Donald Bruner, and to Hospice Compassus for their compassionate assistance and care.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Joplin Humane Society.
Services are under the direction of Midland Cremation Society, of Joplin.
Condolences may be made at midlandcremation.com.
Published on November 1, 2017
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