Margaret "Maggie" Sullivan
November 14, 1918 - March 30, 2014
Maggie Sullivan (a.k.a. Granny) passed away peacefully at Hope West Care Center, early Sunday morning following her long battle with breast cancer. She was 95.
Maggie began her extraordinary journey on November 14, 1918 in the small town of Sardis, Oklahoma. Born to George & Ida May (Pigg) Steele, she was the youngest of 10 children. In 1923 the Steele family moved to Oak Creek, Colorado to work in the coal and hard rock mines of Western Colorado. She grew up there and graduated from Soroco High School in 1937. Maggie married her first husband that same year and had 2 wonderful sons but, unfortunately, the marriage didn't last. She then married her second husband and life partner S.L. (Roy) Sullivan in 1942.
Maggie worked in the local drug store in Oak Creek and as a railroad dispatcher during WWII while the men were away. After the War she and Roy moved to the Front Range and settled in Arvada. Maggie spent many years as a homemaker and caregiver to countless family members and friends and as a campaign volunteer and Election Judge. When Roy retired they traveled the country for several years, going wherever the road took them, seeing all the sights, roadside attractions and out of the way places most only read about. They then settled down in their retirement, splitting the year between Grand Junction in the winter months and Oak Creek in the summer months. After Roy passed away in 2001 she stayed in Grand Junction, eventually moving into Mesa View Senior Living Community.
Maggie is survived by her son Ron L. Todd (Joyce) of Phoenix, AZ and daughter-in-law Dixie Todd of Citrus Heights, CA. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and loved ones she emotionally adopted throughout the years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Sullivan (2001), son Richard Todd (1989) and all her brothers, sisters and their spouses.
Maggie loved life and stayed active until the cancer knocked the wind from her sails. She spent the last 6 months of her life in the care of her Granddaughters with the help of Hospice and the final 2 weeks of her life at the Hope West Care Center fighting for every last minute of life she could grasp. She took life by the horns and lived each and every day. She will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved her and will stand as one more legacy to all those who fight the fight against Breast Cancer.
At Maggie's request, there will be no services. The Family will gather at a later date to celebrate her life.
In lieu of cards and flowers, please donate in Maggie's name to Hope West Hospice and/or the
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Apr. 6, 2014