Nora A. Sullivan

01/02/1914 — 06/22/2003

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Tryon, Oklahoma

Nora A. Sullivan

Nora A. Marsh Sullivan, loving daughter, wife, aunt, and sister, went to be with her Lord and Savior on the morning of June 22, 2003 in Kennewick, Washington. She was a humble and faithful servant to Jesus Christ all her life. She served him by dedicating her life to others; caring for her mother, husband, and brother, raising her grandniece and being an example to all the young people who entered her life.

She was born in Tryon, Oklahoma on January 2, 1914 to Elmer and Myrtle Marsh.

She attended school in Tryon, was a member of the Pep Club, played basketball and was captain of the Tryon High Basketball team for 4 years. After high school she and her family moved to Pryor, Oklahoma where she was a member of the First Christian Church. She taught 5th grade Sunday school class for 15 years, and was in charge of the nursery for 3 years, then taught the Junior High Fellowship for 18 additional years. During that time she was employed with the Cordell-Hunter insurance agency, the Venomon-Hardy Insurance agency and worked at the Pryor ''5 cents - $1'' store for 12 years.

During the time in Pryor, Nora maintained the household with her mother and took in borders to make ends meet. She married Sam Sullivan in September 1966, but they remained at home until her mother passed away in 1971. Nora and Sam then purchased a small farm near Pryor and remained there until Sam retired. They moved to Richland, Washington to be near Nora's brother, Harry and happily enjoyed Sam's retirement until he passed away in 1977.

Nora loved her home in Richland and diligently kept her yard and flower beds immaculate, constantly displaying some of the prettiest roses and flowerbeds in town. Her hospitality legacy was taught as she provided Sunday lunches for her brother and family for more than 20 years. When Harry became ill with cancer, Nora provided personal care for him in her home until his passing. ''Nowee'' became ''home away from home'' and special aunt for her grandniece Christie.

Nora has been cared for in the Hanson Adult Family Home for the past two years, traveling to Elder Day Services 3 times a week, enjoying bingo and ''getting to go out''. She spent her last days in the loving care of the Tri Cities Hospice House.

She will be greatly missed by her Washington family and by her Oklahoma/Texas family as well. We especially remember her sweet fellowship, sense of humor, generosity, unfailing care for others even when she was hurting herself, and her soft quiet reassuring voice.

Nora was preceded in death by her husband Sam, her father Elmer; her mother Myrtle; her brothers Alva, Orvell, Harry, and Quentin; and nephew Earl Allen. She is survived by her sister Lillie Murray, stepdaughters Ann Plummer, Sammy Miller; step-son Jerry Sullivan; nieces Lois Jean Croy, Joyce Watson, Barbara Caldwell and husband Johnny, and Diane Marsh; nephews Orvel Murray and wife Helen, Robert Marsh and wife Debbie, David Marsh and wife Ellen, and Darold Pete Marsh and wife Andrea; grand-nieces Michelle Jones, Christie Marsh, and Casey Anderson; grand-nephews Chad Marsh, and Darrell Sharp.

The family would like to thank faithful visitors John Lipp, Sheila Phillips and Lorraine Kuykendall for their prayers and timely visits with Nora over the past several years.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes that contributions be made to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 7525 W. Deschutes Place, Suite 2A, Kennewick, Washington, 99336.

A memorial service and Nora style dinner will be held at West Side United Protestant Church at 615 Wright Avenue at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, June 25, 2003.

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  • I would like Nora’s family to know how much I enjoyed visiting with Nora at the Adult Family Home. Her hospitality and graciousness, even when she was not feeling well, always lifted my spirits and I left having a better day than when I arrived. Even with her memory fading she was always able to share her love and pride of her family and wanted me to hear all about them to the best of her ability. It was truely a blessing to have know Nora for the short time I had that honor. When a woman of such faith returns home for her reward it should be a time of rejoicing, however, I feel sorrow that I will miss her smile for now.

    Cheri Michael
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Dear Nora,

    You have always been a very special aunt. I remember as a child growing up, that you always sent us a big chocolate marshmallow filled Easter bunny every Easter. At Christmas, we could always expect special gifts from Aunt Nora and Grandma Marsh. From the time I was 10 until 14, I went to Pryor every summer for a few days and I remember laying on the dining room floor playing your country and western records. You had the best selection in Pryor.

    Would that every child could have an Aunt Nora. There must be a special place in heaven for people like you. Wish we could be there for the Nora Dinner.

    Your favorite nephew,

    Orvel

    Orvel & Helen Murray
    November 4, 2014
    Bethany, OK, US
  • I have so many fond memories of Nora I could not begin to list them however I think the thing I remember the most is going to Grandma & Norie’s house for Christmas and the excitment that hid behind the french doors in the living room. When Just the right moment came Nora would open those doors and there was the Christmas tree with the bubble lights on it and all those wonderful presents, such as dolls, doll buggies, dishes etc. She made sure we had a wonderful christmas. Her giving never stopped as she believed that her greatest joy was in giving not receiving. I will miss her so much and even though for years now we have lived across the miles from her she was always in our hearts and we in hers. She was my most favorite aunt in the whole world. your loving Niece barbara

    Barbara & Johnny Caldwell
    November 4, 2014
    Ponca, City,, OK, US
  • I would like Nora’s family to know how much I enjoyed visiting with Nora at the Adult Family Home. Her hospitality and graciousness, even when she was not feeling well, always lifted my spirits and I left having a better day than when I arrived. Even with her memory fading she was always able to share her love and pride of her family and wanted me to hear all about them to the best of her ability. It was truely a blessing to have know Nora for the short time I had that honor. When a woman of such faith returns home for her reward it should be a time of rejoicing, however, I feel sorrow that I will miss her smile for now.

    Cheri Michael
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Dear Nora,

    You have always been a very special aunt. I remember as a child growing up, that you always sent us a big chocolate marshmallow filled Easter bunny every Easter. At Christmas, we could always expect special gifts from Aunt Nora and Grandma Marsh. From the time I was 10 until 14, I went to Pryor every summer for a few days and I remember laying on the dining room floor playing your country and western records. You had the best selection in Pryor.

    Would that every child could have an Aunt Nora. There must be a special place in heaven for people like you. Wish we could be there for the Nora Dinner.

    Your favorite nephew,

    Orvel

    Orvel & Helen Murray
    November 4, 2014
    Bethany, OK, US
  • I have so many fond memories of Nora I could not begin to list them however I think the thing I remember the most is going to Grandma & Norie’s house for Christmas and the excitment that hid behind the french doors in the living room. When Just the right moment came Nora would open those doors and there was the Christmas tree with the bubble lights on it and all those wonderful presents, such as dolls, doll buggies, dishes etc. She made sure we had a wonderful christmas. Her giving never stopped as she believed that her greatest joy was in giving not receiving. I will miss her so much and even though for years now we have lived across the miles from her she was always in our hearts and we in hers. She was my most favorite aunt in the whole world. your loving Niece barbara

    Barbara & Johnny Caldwell
    November 4, 2014
    Ponca, City,, OK, US
  • a letter to Nora

    Hello little sister….remember all the fun times mother had getting us out of bed at 3:00 am on all those good trips we made but remember all the good breakfast out in the open air about 9:00 am. I can still taste them. I love you and I will miss all our weekly phone calls. You just beat the rest of us meeting all our family in heaven but be watching for us, We will be there soon. Love, your big sister Lillie.

    Lillie Marsh Murray
    November 4, 2014
    Stilllwater, Ok., 74601, Payne, County
  • Aunt Nora will be greatly missed by me and all that knew here. She looked forward every Christmas getting my card with pictures of my kids in it. She was and will always be the greatest. I will always love her. Jeanne

    JeanneCaldwellGory
    November 4, 2014
    Ponca, City, OK, US