OBITUARY

Esther Joyce Sullivan

May 10, 1937February 3, 2019
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Wichita – Sullivan, Esther J., 81, born May 10, 1937, passed away February 3, 2019 surrounded by her husband and daughter. Esther was born to James and Lucy (Wallace) Briggs, and the eldest of two children. Esther married William Sullivan on July 5, 1958 in Wichita, KS and has one daughter, Stacey Sullivan. Esther was born in Ness City KS, and retired from the Wichita Public School System after 35 years of service as an English teacher. Esther was known to many of her students as “Sergeant Sullivan”. She enjoyed traveling, reading and spending time with her pets. She loved spending time with family and friends. Esther is preceded in death by her parents, James and Lucy Briggs. She is survived by her husband, William; daughter Stacey Sullivan (Robby Starr); brother Jim Briggs; sister-in-law Marjean Fooshee (George) and her beloved pets Danny, Abby, Atticus and Emily. A memorial has been established with her favorite charity, The Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N Hillside Street, Wichita, Ks, 67219. Visitation and family greeting is Sunday, February 10, 3-5pm. Funeral is Monday, February 11, 3:00pm. Visitation and funeral services will be at Resthaven Mortuary - Wichita, 11800 W Highway 54.

  • FAMILY

  • William Sullivan, Husband
  • Stacey (Robby Starr) Sullivan, Daughter
  • Jim Briggs, Brother
  • Marjean (George) Fooshee, Sister-in-law
  • James Briggs, Father
  • Lucy Briggs, Mother
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Darcy Mathes, Active Pallbearer
  • David Heinrich, Active Pallbearer
  • Jay Shank, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Bankston, Active Pallbearer
  • Bill Hall, Active Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Brickley, Active Pallbearer
  • Jack Pearson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Greg Swanson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brad Bankston, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Gary Moore, Honorary Pallbearer
  • John Richardson, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Esther Joyce Sullivan

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Jerry Huddleston

February 11, 2019

Esther was one of the most dynamic people I have ever met. She was able to control the divergent personalities of a large department in a suburban school setting and do it with dignity and grace. I am so thankful that I was able to work for and with Esther. She was and will continue to be an inspiration to me in the way I live. Esther, I hope to see you on the other side.

Lori Londagin (née Delozier)

February 7, 2019

Bill and Stacey,

I just wanted to extend my condolences. Esther was my English teacher in my junior year at Northwest. In the beginning, the nickname of Sergeant Sullivan scared me! But I soon came to realize what a caring, kind woman she was. She had high expectations of her students, and I learned a great deal from her. I also shared this story on Facebook, so Stacey may have seen it, but I will share it again, with a little more detail. One day after class, my friend Randy and I were the last two students in the classroom, and I was talking to him about the difficult day I was having. Mrs. Sullivan looked at me and said, “It sounds like you could use a hug.” I said, “Yes, I could,” looking at Randy. Then she said, with that stern look that she could have, “Well, get over here!” I was surprised, because at that point I was still kind of afraid of her. But I went over there, and she gave me the best hug! After that, if I ever needed a hug, I often went to her! I have tears in my eyes writing this. After over 30 years, my heart is still touched by her kindness. You were so blessed to be able to have her in your lives. May God bless you and comfort you. Sending long-distance hugs and love from Arkansas!

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