Martha Ann Quillen Sullivan

March 8, 1927February 1, 2019

Martha Ann Quillen Sullivan passed away on February 1st at the age of 91. She was born March 8, 1927 in Portsmouth, Ohio. She was predeceased by her parents Clarence Eldon Quillen and Bernice Cook Quillen, her sister Ruth Quillen Dezwan and her brother Edward Quillen. She grew up in Ashland, Kentucky and later graduated from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where she met her husband Ralph Glyn Sullivan, who she married September 9, 1948. They were married for 47 years until his death in 1995, and had 3 children. They moved to Birmingham in 1957. In the early 1960s Ralph was hired to develop southern operations of a manufacturing company named Dayton Superior Corporation, and asked Martha to work as his administrative assistant for a few months until he could hire someone full time. Thirty years later she retired from the company, and during her time came to be affectionately known by employees as “Mother Superior”. She and Ralph were longtime members of Ruhama Baptist Church in East Lake where the family resided, and later moved to Huffman and eventually Trussville. In her later years her interests included travel and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter Lisa Sullivan Long (Roy) of Trussville, Al., and her sons George Thomas Sullivan (Margaret) of Mountain Brook, Al and William David Sullivan of San Francisco, Ca., 3 grandchildren Stephen Everett Long (Sharon) of Trussville, Al., Elizabeth Ann Long Copham (Craig) of Trussville, Al. and Thomas Barrett Sullivan, M.D. of La Jolla, Ca., and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be handled by Ridouts Trussville Chapel Monday, February 4, 2019 with visitation 12-1 pm and a funeral service to follow at 1 pm. Burial at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East.


  • Martha Ann Quillen Sullivan Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Martha Ann Quillen Sullivan Monday, February 4, 2019

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