Lorraine Sullivan

Nov 28, 2017

Lorraine Emma Sullivan (n. York) "Gram," "Auntie," 85 years old, wife of the late Jeremiah Edward Sullivan II "Jerry," of Troy, passed suddenly but peacefully Nov. 27, 2017, in Lewiston, with her loving family by her side. She was born Feb. 22, 1932. in Thorndike on her grandparents' farm. She was the daughter of Marion Emma Cyr (n. Sargent).

Lorraine was raised on her grandparents' farm with her sister and very best friend, Sandra Jean, and had a happy childhood. She cherished her time with her grandparents, milking cows and other chores on the farm, and cutting meat with her grandfather. She attended Freedom Academy and always told fond stories of her childhood friends Bernice Blithen and Janette Hayes.

She married Jerry on Aug. 25, 1950. They met hanging May baskets and shared 62 1/2 years together. In that time they raised four children: Jeremiah Edward III, Brenda Jean and twins Richard Nathan and Ralph Nathaniel. Though she held various jobs outside the home, her passion was working the farm and loved the smell of manure. Lorraine helped her sons with their businesses and taking care of their crews. Everyone knew they could always get a hot meal at the Ranch. The love of her life was her family. Family meant everything to her and she loved spending time with them. Lorraine enjoyed her special outings with her niece, Patricia Anne Hughes. She always kept alive the memory of those who had passed, making sure their stories would be carried on for generations.

Lorraine is predeceased by her grandparents: Nat and Emma Sargent; her mother, Marion; her husband, Jerry; her daughter Brenda; and son Richard. She is survived by two sons and their wives: Jeremiah "Butch" and Liz Sullivan of Thorndike, and Ralph and Colleen Sullivan of Thorndike; grandchildren: Tracy and Brad Mulligan of Thorndike, Travis and Adrianne Sullivan of Troy, Jeremiah Sullivan IV "Jay" of Holden, Jared Sullivan of Troy, Randy and Christina Sullivan of Knox, Merri-Ella and Charles Greenberg of Thorndike, Carla and Clayton Ellis of Brooks, and Corinna and Ross Boisvert of New Hampshire; great-grandchildren: Brett and Garrett Mulligan, Jazzmin and Jenna-Vee Sullivan, Sydney, Micaela and Isaac Ellis, and Hannah and Will Boisvert. Her dear sister Sandra Hughes (n. Cyr) and Bernard Sr of Connecticut; nieces and nephew: Patricia Hughes of Palmyra; Bernard Jr. "BJ" of Connecticut, and Brenda and Michael Vere of Massachusetts; and great-nieces Nicolette and Madeline Vere.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m., at her childhood home, 217 Reynolds Road, Thorndike.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.

 

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