Dorothy Sue Sullivan


Dorothy Sue Sullivan

Dorothy Sue Sullivan (née Millwee) died surrounded by her family in Huntsville Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Huntsville, Ala., at the age of 71.

Sue was born on September 29, 1946 in Birmingham to Thomas and Dorothy Millwee, and graduated from Minor High School in 1964. She worked first, as a “Liberty Bell” at Liberty National Insurance in Birmingham, and later as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines where she met the love of her life, Bobby Sullivan. She and Bobby married in 1970 and had two children while living in Texas, Robert and Tarah Sullivan. Sue committed herself passionately to all the responsibilities of motherhood, running her household, and supporting her church.

After both of her children graduated high school, she chose to move home to Alabama, and settled on Smith Lake, where she enjoyed gardening with Master Gardeners of Cullman, gatherings of the Tired and Retired of Arley, volunteering her time to help those in need around the area, and became a pillar of her church. During almost 50 years of marriage, Sue experienced a wide array of health crises, including endometriosis, multiple myeloma requiring bone marrow transplants, several cases of shingles, and finally, rheumatoid arthritis of the lungs, which led to recurrent bronchitis and pneumonia. Sue was strong-willed, courageous, and tireless until the end. She took every opportunity to encourage her grown children to move closer to her home on the lake, while she relished every moment with her young grandchildren and spoiled them shamelessly.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Millwee, father, Thomas Millwee, and brothers, Clayton and Scott Millwee, all of Birmingham, Ala.

Sue is survived by her husband, Bobby Sullivan of Crane Hill, Ala.; son, Robert Sullivan of Murchison, Texas; daughter, Tarah Sullivan and grandchildren, Gorawen and Elspeth Guest of Pullman, Wash.; brother, Eugene Millwee of Alabaster, Ala.; and sister, Carol Dodd of Arley, Ala.

A memorial service occurred at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Curry, Ala., followed by a reception. Pastor John Gates and Pastor Richard Nettles officiated the ceremony. Everyone was welcome to attend the service and celebrate Dorothy's life.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.