Leota M. Sullivan

Died Nov. 28, 2018


Leota May Sullivan, 88, peacefully passed away Nov. 28, 2018, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Her last days were spent surrounded by those she loved most, her family and friends.

She was born May 13, 1930, in Melita to Rolland and Esther (Bergeron) Southworth. She married her sweetheart, Francis Sullivan, on July 6, 1946, at the age of 16 and had 50 beautiful years of marriage before his passing in 1996.

Leota was a cashier at Wheeler’s Restaurant in Standish for many years before her retirement. Anyone who knew Leota would know how much she loved her kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were her life and sole reason for her fight. When she wasn’t with her family, you could usually find her crocheting a new doily or reading and playing games on her Kindle. She also enjoyed camping, gardening, flowers and watching birds on her feeders.

Surviving are two children, Gary (Kristin) Sullivan of Standish and Sharon (John) Ruiz of Bay City; granddaughters, Taylor (Jason) Rice of Sterling, Heather (Mark) Humphrey and Stephanie Gatza of Bay City; and great-grandchildren, Allison Rice of Sterling and Dylan and Cameron Humphrey of Bay City. She is also survived by one brother, Robert (Berneice) Southworth of Roscommon; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis; one brother, Donald Southworth; a granddaughter, Jennifer (Sullivan) Barnes; and a nephew, Mark Southworth.

Services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at the Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home Standish Chapel from 2-8 p.m. There will be a celebration of life at 7 p.m. with Chaplain Mary Morse officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may consider family wishes or memorials to InTeliCare hospice services or the Arenac County Cancer Society.


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