YVONNE THERESA SULLIVAN

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YVONNE THERESA SULLIVAN Mueller's Greenlee Funeral Home Yvonne Theresa Sullivan passed away February 1, 2017 at Tri-City Chaplaincy Hospice in Kennewick, Washington. She was born on May 7, 1930 in Yakima, Washington to Clarence and Ethel Rouleau and was the eldest of four children. Yvonne attended St. Joseph's Academy in Yakima where she graduated salutatorian of her class. Music was her passion. She sang on the radio as a child and gave private recitals in high school. She received a scholarship from Holy Names College in Spokane, Washington allowing her to polish her talents. While there, she met her future husband, Patrick V. Sullivan, who was studying law at Gonzaga University. She had fond memories of playing boogie woogie piano at school dances in Spokane. She was a choir director and music teacher at DeSales High School in Walla Walla. Yvonne and Patrick were married August 21, 1950 at St. Paul's in Yakima and then made their home in Pasco, where Patrick began practicing law. While Yvonne was busy raising seven children, she still found time for music. She played piano, organ, and sang with and directed an amazing choir for St. Patrick's Church in Pasco. She also volunteered her talents at St. Patrick's School as choir director, and Girl Scout and Brownie leader. In 1977 her husband died, followed by her daughter, Eileen, in 1981. With remarkable resiliency, Yvonne moved to Spokane and with the help of her family, friends and AA, started a new life. She went back to school and earned a degree in gerontology at Eastern Washington University. She was the director of three senior centers: Downtown Senior Center in Spokane, Federal Way Senior Center and finally Puyallup Senior Center where she retired at 65. Yvonne will be remembered for her kindness, inquisitive mind, appreciation for the arts and education, and service to her church and community. She especially loved spending time with her children. From childhood to her last days, she brightened many lives with the happiness of her sing-a-longs and the sweetness of her smile. She will be greatly missed! Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband Patrick, her daughter Eileen, parents Clarence and Ethel Rouleau, and sister Darlene Whittle. She is survived by daughters Mary (Jerry) Ossman, Kathy Sullivan, Teri (Ron) Seidl; sons Mike (Susan) Sullivan, Mark (JoJo) Sullivan and John Sullivan; sister Dolores Fortier of Yakima, WA; brother William (Norma) Rouleau of Fircrest, WA; 14 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A funeral mass will be held February 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Patrick's Church in Pasco, WA. A reception will follow at the Parish Center. The family requests memorial donations be made to Chaplaincy Hospice Care or to . The family invites you to sign their on-line guest book at www.muellersfuneral homes.com. The Sullivan family wishes to thank the staff of Tri-City Retirement Inn and Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House for their kindness and loving care.
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Published in Tri-City Herald from Feb. 12 to Feb. 16, 2017
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