Mary "Maureen" Sullivan, 70, of Annapolis, MD passed away peacefully on October 1, 2021 after battling complications from an extensive illness. Maureen was born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico on November 17, 1950 to Maria and Maurice Stickney. The oldest of three children, she grew up on Midway Island and adjusted to military life from a young age as the daughter of a Navy sailor. She attended Catholic University of America graduating with honors and earning a degree in Psychology. Following her father's footsteps, she was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1977 and would soon meet the love of her life Dennis Sullivan. After marrying in 1978, they received orders to Pensacola, FL where they were blessed with two children and shared their love for beaches, traveling, and books throughout their lives. Ever the patriot, Maureen served her country for 20 years in the United States Navy. She designed NROTC curriculum and provided equal opportunity training for women and minorities while stationed at Patrick Air Force Base, FL, oversaw the training assignments of midshipmen, directed the Academic Center, and instructed Leadership and Law classes at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and provided guidance to the NAACP while serving the Office of Defense for Equal Opportunity at The Pentagon. Her name was among the first to be listed in the Military Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery and can still be seen there as CDR Mary Maureen Sullivan, USN today. Following her military service, Maureen was most often found at Barnes & Noble's bookstore in Annapolis, MD. She worked as a bookseller guiding visitors through aisles of books, while imparting insights from her life experience. Ever the educator, Maureen embarked on her second career as a Spanish teacher at Indian Creek School in Crownsville, MD. She taught there for over 20 years as "Señora" Sullivan, with a creativity that brought "Jorge el Curioso" to life in the most imaginative ways. She loved her family, her friends, and her students but above all else, she loved God beyond measure. As a faithful volunteer, one of her greatest joys was greeting visitors to The Basilica of The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC and sharing her Catholic faith. Her service in making rosaries with the Ranger Rosary Guild of St. Mary's Parish in Annapolis will be remembered by the servicemen and women deployed in combat zones. Her loving spirit forever remains an inspiration to us all. A funeral mass will be held at St. Andrew's Chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy for close family members in the coming weeks. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com
. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The National Shrine Grotto at Mount St. Mary's University or CLL Global Research Foundation.
Published by The Capital Gazette on Oct. 17, 2021.