Marie B. Sullivan

May 24, 1921November 4, 2012

Sullivan, Marie B.91, of Louisville died November 4, 2012 at Oaklawn Nursing and Rehab center. She was the former Marie Brockman, a native of Cumberland County. She was a retired Jefferson County teacher and a member of the Okolona Christian Church. Her husband of 51 years, W.G. Sullivan preceded her in death; also a sister Elizabeth Chowning. Mrs. Sullivan is survived by her daughter, Sandra Sullivan Gray of Louisville; grandsons, Tim Gray (Robin) of Tega Cay South Carolina and Eric Gray (Sherry) of Forest Virginia; five great grandchildren, Meagan, Ashley, Matthew, Holly and Natalie; a brother, Russell Brockman (Sue) of Hodgenville, sisters-in-law, Dimple Smith of Indiana and Dorothy Sterling of Arizona. The family would like to thank the staff of Oaklawn for their attentive and compassionate care. A celebration of Marie’s life will be conducted at 10 am Thursday, November 8, 2012 in the Chapel of Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Rd. Interment to follow at Columbia Cemetery in Columbia Kentucky. Visitation will be held Wednesday 4-8 pm at the funeral home. Please visit us online at


  • Celebration of Marie's life Thursday, November 8, 2012
  • Visitation Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Sarah Chandler

November 12, 2012

Your mother was a dental patient of mine for 10 years back in the 1990s. We visited every 6 months and I always enjoyed talking with her. We discussed cooking often and I think of her every time I pull out her handwritten recipe cards for pumpkin bread with coconut and chocolate chip banana bread. I wondered if they were family favorites. They always receive rave reviews.

She was a very sweet lady and I will continue to think of her every time I read her recipes. You will be in my thoughts.

John Chowning

November 11, 2012

Aunt Sister, as we knew her, was a beloved member of her family. She enjoyed a long and abundant life of service to others, loved her family, and was committed to her faith in Jesus Christ. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Sandra, Tim and Eric and her great-grandchildren.

Jerry Brockman

November 6, 2012

My sympathy to Sandra and the entire family . She was a dear cousin, so kind and gentle.She is among my fondest memories of Amandaville in Cumberland County.

Randy Farb

November 6, 2012

You have my deepest and sincerest condolences. Ms. Sullivan was my third-grade teacher at Goldsmith Elementary. She was a lovely lady. Her memory will be for a blessing.

November 6, 2012

"Marie attended elementary grades at Elliott school. It was a one room school about 3.5 miles away. She and her cousin rode a horse each day taking turns for the position of 'up front or behind'. It was a 7 month school year - July through January. Because of distance and weather, the two were home schooled by Marie's mother (Dollye) during the last 4-6 weeks. Later Marie graduated from Burkesville High School, Lindsey Wilson Junior College, and Western University with a major in elementary education. She also attended U of L. she married William G. Sullivan shortly after the end of WWII. They lived in Columbia for 5 years and then moved to Louisville. They were married for 51 years. Marie retired after 35 years of teaching in Cumberland, Adair, Bullitt, and Jefferson counties. She now has 5 great-grandchildren, and their visits from South Carolina and Virginia are highlights for both Sandra and Marie." - conveyed to her grand-nephew, Russell Chowning in May, 2008