Leona Sullivan, 97, St. Clair, departed this life in Washington Friday, March 29, 2013.
Leona was born in Sullivan Sept. 27, 1915, the daughter of Andrew Jackson Ellison and wife Eva Rose, nee Hulsey.
On June 29, 1934, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Edward Sullivan and two children came to bless this union.
Leona is survived by her son, Dale Sullivan and wife Judy, St. Clair; three grandchildren, Bradley Sullivan and wife Shelley, Craig Sullivan and wife Deborah, and Pamela Nance and husband Randy, all of St. Clair; one brother, Eddie Ellison, St. Clair; seven great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Sullivan; parents, Andrew and Eva Ellison; one infant daughter, Joyce Marie Sullivan; four brothers, Charles "Monroe" Ellison, John Ellison, Walter Ellison and Floyd Ellison; and two sisters, Virginia Pruitt and Edith Kupferer.
Leona was a devoted Christian and longtime member of First Baptist Church, St. Clair. She was a member of the Women's Missionary Union and active in Sunday school.
She lived in the St. Clair area throughout her life and during her working years had been employed at International Shoe Company, Deb Shoe Company, Missouri Knife Factory, as a cook at R-13 School District and at Pursley's Laundromat, all in St. Clair.
Leona remained active for most of her life and enjoyed many hobbies and interests. She enjoyed crocheting, loved to clean her house and was often seen working in her yard, raking leaves and caring for her flowers. Leona was a kind and giving lady and was always willing to lend a helping hand to others. Nothing made her happier than time spent with her family, and she was happiest when surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Much love has been created and shared and many joyful memories were made that all the family will cherish forever.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Revs. Cliff Day and Ben Kingston officiating.
Interment was in Virginia Mines Cemetery, Lonedell.
Memorials may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, Lonedell, or First Baptist Church, St. Clair.
The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.