Mary Sullivan
1950 - 2021
John M. Taylor Funeral Home
Annapolis, MD
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 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.
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My heart and mind is filled with so many wonderful memories of Maureen and the joy brought to all of us who were lucky enough to know her. She was truly an "earth angel" and a very special friend to everyone she met. I will miss her beyond words and am deeply sorry for our loss of her.
Marsha Gardner
October 20, 2021
Maureen will always have a special place in our hearts. She was such a kind and wonderful teacher to our daughters, even taking the time to come and watch their dance peformance outside of school. We are so fortunate to have had her in our lives. Our deepest sympathies.
The Ramani family
October 15, 2021
Rest In Peace my dear friend. May your family have peace and comfort knowing you had such a positive impact on so many. You will be missed.
Dawn Drury
October 14, 2021
Carol Stickney and Family
October 14, 2021
Go with God's peace. It was an honor to know you. I'm glad our family history brought us together.
Carol Stickney
October 14, 2021
Your light will never dim for those of us who loved you so dearly. I miss you everyday. Until we meet again, Love.
Laura A Zlatos
October 14, 2021
Our deepest condolences to you Dennis, Heather and Michael. Maureen was an angel who touched the lives of many and now has gained her wings. Our hearts are with you . May the wonderful memories bring you confort and peace. An all embracing long hug to each and every one of you. Love.
The Garanton family.
October 14, 2021
My deepest sympathy - There are no words - my heart is sad! Met Maureen in 1977 when she reported to the Naval Ordnance Station in Indian Head, MD - as Ensign Stickney! Our families shared many a Thanksgiving and Easter together for some 30 + years - Will treasure our friendship forever in our hearts! RIP - FLY high - "the Anchor" holds!!!!!!! GOD bless you - Love and prayers
Minnie McPhillips
October 14, 2021
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