Apex Funeral Home


Kerry Wynne O'Boyle Sullivan

September 16, 1965October 7, 2017

Kerry Wynne Sullivan, 52, of Cary, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Wilmington, NC. Kerry was born September 16, 1965 in Denver, CO to David William O'Boyle, III and Harryl Hyman O'Boyle. She was a graduate of Lakewood High School in Lakewood, CO and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She began her career as a Professional Chemical Engineer working in environmental remediation and later devoted herself to raising her three children, teaching, and supporting the community. She was passionate about promoting education and especially loved teaching in special-needs classrooms throughout the Wake County school system. In addition, she served as an election official for the Wake County Board of Elections and has been an active supporter and volunteer for the Marching Band for the past several years at Green Hope High School, which her three children attended. She was vital to her extended family, often organizing and hosting special holiday dinners and large family gatherings.

Kerry devoted herself to serving her family, friends, and community, and her passing is a deep loss, for family and friends, as well as the larger Triangle community. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Vincent Joseph Sullivan; daughters, Kaitlin Madeline Sullivan and Tara Claire Sullivan; son, Patrick Thomas Sullivan; mother, Harryl Claire Hollingsworth; father, David William O'Boyle, III; and brother, Kevin David O'Boyle. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, October 21 at Apex Funeral Home Chapel, 550 W. Williams St, Apex, NC 27502. The family will receive friends immediately following the service for a reception. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross. Condolences may be sent to



  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, October 21, 2017


  • Visitation will Follow the Service


Kerry Wynne O'Boyle Sullivan

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Milt Hetrick

December 15, 2017

My sincere condolences to your family. May the memories of Kerry's vitality and service to others live on forever.

Colleen McIndoe

October 22, 2017

Ms. Kerry has been in my life for longer than I can even remember. I grew up alongside Tara from the time I was three and has been there ever since. Even as us kids grew apart, she was always there to support us, at sporting events and other endeavors. She was a brilliant best friend to my mom, an incredible mother to Kaitlin, Tara, and Patrick and all around one of the best people I've ever known. Her presence in mine and my family's lives will be forever missed. We love you Ms. Kerry!!

Kim Turner

October 19, 2017

My deepest sympathies to your family. Kerry was a wonderful sub at our school and will be very missed. May God bless you and bring strength through this difficult time.

Jay Ernst

October 17, 2017

I am so saddened and shocked to hear of Kerry's passing. I am a long ago friend of Kerry and her brother Kevin from grade school, and only recently reconnected on Facebook.
I have great memories of the O'Boyle family. Our mothers were close friends before my mom passed away in 1978. I took my first swimming lessons at the O'Boyle pool and spent lots of time at their home after school. I was closer to Kevin's age, but I remember Kerry as a kind, protecting big sister.
My sincerest condolences to Kerry's family. My thoughts are with you at such a difficult time.

Beverly Vasko

October 15, 2017

Kerry Sullivan was a remarkable modern, educated woman but her first priority in life was always her husband, Vince, and family, Kaitlin,Tara and Patrick. Kerry was the glue that held the extended family together with her gift of loving hospitality. Her home was the gathering place for the Sullivan family on all major occasions. Her table was laden with the best of food. She was a marvelous cook and the door to their home was always always open and welcoming.
Kerry was taken home to God at a very young age. but she left her mark on the hearts of her family and her community.
It is said:
"A good character is the best tombstone
Those who loved you will remember.
Carve your name on hearts, not on marble!"
Kerry carved her name on hearts.
My sincerest sympathy to the entire family on this great loss..
Beverly Vasko

Elizabeth Elder

October 13, 2017

I first met Kerry at Green Hope Elementary. She became a friend very quickly. I asked her to sub for me many times both at Green Hope and Scotts Ridge. She had a wonderful way with children and they were always so pleased when she was their substitute.
I will miss her smile, warmth and kind nature. Fly with the angels Kerry, you have earned it. God Bless all of her family. I will keep you in my heart.
Liz Elder

Brenda Faiola

October 13, 2017

Prayers and sympathy to Vince and all of Kerry's family as you let your faith guide you during this most painful of times. My heart goes out to you all.