Obituary: Mary Evelyn Sullivan |

Obituary: Mary Evelyn Sullivan

Dec. 7, 1915 — Nov. 17, 2017

A true frontier lady and tough customer, Mary Evelyn Sullivan was born to Alex and Mary Walker on Dec. 7, 1915, in a coal camp in Pallas, Colorado.

In 1932, her path took her to California to care for a sick aunt. She graduated SDSU in 1937 and promptly started teaching business education. This turned into a habit, which led to more than 40 years of service in the educational arts.

Mary taught at SDHS and Hoover and ran the Chinese Club for 14 years. Mary received teacher of the year in 1975.

A shrewd businesswoman, Mary did her own taxes (along with the washing and cooking), well into her 90s. She had great affection and high esteem for See’s Candymakers. In 1935 she purchased stock in the company and would brag of her business acumen, as it was the only company that turned a profit that year during the Great Depression.

During World War II, she used her skills to teach special agents advanced techniques to be used around the world. Mary passed away Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California. She was 101.

She was preceded in death by husband Thomas M. Sullivan; brothers Charlie and Robert; and sister Georgia Carson.

She is survived by sons Alex and Tom Sullivan.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at the Hayden Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson Avenue in Hayden, Colorado. Burial followed the service in Hayden Cemetery.

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