OBITUARY

Joan Beale Sullivan

June 11, 1933July 11, 2021
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Joan Beale Sullivan was born in Buffalo, NY on June 11, 1933 and was called home to be with her Lord on July 11, 2021, Raleigh, NC surrounded by her loving husband of 67 years, Thomas Daniel Sullivan and three daughters. Joan resided in Cary, NC and was a member of the Cary Church of Christ with Tom for the past 31 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents Nelson Hume Beale and Magdalene Wilson Beale, and her three brothers, Thomas, Bruce and Harlow (Skip).

Joan first met Tom, her older brother Bruce’s best friend, when she was just 5 years old. They were reacquainted 13 years later at a local soda shop in Ohio while attending Bowling Green State University. Tom and Joan were on a group date, with their respective dates when Joan recognized Tom and reintroduced herself. Love blossomed, and they never had eyes for anyone else. They married May 1, 1954 and the rest is history…

Joan leaves a legacy of love for God, family, and the wonder of nature through her daughters, Lisa Schnell (Mark), Stacy Sullivan, and Kelly Sly (Mark), her grandchildren, Steven Schnell (Alexis), Brynn Zawada (Andrew), Kayla McGarr (Jason), Kara Donchak (Scott), Kevin Sly, Nathan Sly (Victoria) and 4 great grandchildren, Theo, Rosalie Joan, Matthew and Max, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In her 88 years on this earth, Joan was an accomplished homemaker, devoted wife and mother, dental assistant, sales person, Sunday school teacher, friend and caregiver to countless critters (cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish), most recently her beloved cat Purrl.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021, at 6:30 pm at the Cary Church of Christ, 6640 Tryon Road in Cary, NC. The service will be live-streamed at carycoc.org.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life

    Friday, July 16, 2021

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Marty Lynch

July 18, 2021

Memories of Aunt Joan:
Weekend sleepovers and Saturday chores
Standard of excellence- appearance, clothing, home cleanliness & decor
Dignified
Always on the move, usually keeping house
Trained her daughters well
Healthy marriage - teamwork in parenting; lively dinner table discussions, working out differences; loving committed partnership❣️
African violets
My sister loved how our aunt called her “Barbie”
Aunt Joan was loved and is missed 💔

Mark Schnell

July 16, 2021

Joan was adventurous, even as she grew older. If she got into trouble, she would call out, "Tom!" One time, we were walking along the levy between the Black Rock Channel and the Niagara River (yes, the one that feeds Niagara Falls) near the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. As we were exploring, we hear, "Tom!" We all turn around, and there is Joan, waist deep in the Niagara River. My first thought was, "She is gonna go over the Falls!" Another time, we were visiting Stacy's home, and her rough timber stairs were needing repair. We were surveying the property, and I heard, "Tom!" I turned the corner, and there was Joan on her back, with her feet up on the air. No injury, just embarrassment. Miss your adventurous spirit, Joan!

Deborah Tremblay

July 16, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Aha war a special lady.

Darrell Miles

July 14, 2021

30 years ago, Joan (& Tom) were the first people to introduce themselves to us at Cary CofC, & invited us to lunch after services. For the past 30 years, she has been one of the brightest smiles at church. She will be missed, but with great anticipation we’ll meet again! Continued prayers for Tom & the family.

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