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1943 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Sue (Sullivan) Stokes, 70, of Gridley, IL passed away peacefully in her home the evening of Thursday, January 9 with her loving husband, Leo, and youngest son, David by her side. Sue lost her courageous six-year battle with cancer, but gained everlasting life as the gates of heaven opened for her that day. Born Susan Therese Sullivan on October 23, 1943 in Elmhurst, IL to Clarence and Pauline (DeHaye) Sullivan, Sue was one of six children. She graduated from St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL and achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Sue married the love of her life, Leo Stokes on April 12, 1969. They lived in Chicago before moving in 1971 to Leo's home on the farm in El Paso, IL. In 1999, they moved off the farm to Gridley, where she spent the rest of her life. Sue was a teacher in the El Paso-Gridley area for many years, and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students. In recent years she worked part-time with her son, David at Edward Jones. Community involvement was a cornerstone of Sue's life, she was active in the Foresters, Home Extension, and was a 4-H leader. She was an avid reader, a member of several book clubs and Bible Study. With Leo, she was a devoted parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Paso where she was a Sunday School Teacher. She is survived by her husband Leo Stokes; four children: Kathryn Gamewell (Matthew) of Highland Park, IL; Renee Stokes of Evanston, IL; Daniel Stokes of Chicago; and David Stokes (Jennifer) of Normal. She was blessed with five grandchildren Mallory, Andrew (Highland Park, IL) and Jack, Abigail and Nicholas (Normal). Also surviving are five siblings; Father John Sullivan, Thomas Sullivan, Mary Comstock, David Sullivan and James Sullivan, all of the Chicago area. Her parents preceded her in death. She will be remembered as a great listener, having a kind heart and gentle spirit. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Sue will truly be missed. The visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 14 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, January 15 at 10:00 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Paso. The day of the funeral there will be a visitation from 9-9:45 am at the Funeral Home. Memorial donations in the name of Sue Stokes may be made to ABC Counseling and Family Services, 705 E. Lincoln, Suite 303, Normal, IL 61761. Online condolences may be sent to her family at

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Jan. 14, 2014
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