MELBOURNE – Shirley E. Thompson Sullivan, a memorial service honoring her life was held this past Saturday, March 23rd, Buena Vida Estates Chapel, W. Melbourne, Florida.
Shirley was born on May 23, 1930, Otego, New York passing away on Friday, December 28th, 2018 at her home in Buena Vida Estates, W. Melbourne, Florida. Shirley was the seventh of eight children born to her mother, Gladys Gray Thompson, and her father, Edward Thompson.
Shirley was preceded in death by her mother and father and siblings, Elna Thompson Palmer, Lynn Thompson, Irving Thompson, Edward Thompson, Jr., Rupert Thompson, and Donald Thompson. Shirley is survived by her 4 children, multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She is also survived by a sister, Rosemary Thompson Wiltsie of Oneonta, NY. She had numerous nieces and nephews.
Shirley lived and worked most of her earlier years (60s-70s) in and around Oneonta, NY working at SUNY College, Oneonta, NY as bookkeeper, then relocated to the Salisbury, North Carolina area where she continued her professional work in bookkeeping at Rowan Memorial Hospital. After Shirley retired, she and her husband, Robert Sullivan, relocated to Ocala, Barefoot Bay and W. Melbourne, Florida areas.
Shirley loved to travel and made frequent road trips during the past 40 years from New York, North Carolina and her homes in Florida. She loved her pets that shared her later life; Gracie, her cat, Angel and Bailey, her two chihuahuas which provided her so much companionship. Shirley enjoyed Christian music, television shows and watching Joyce Meyers and the Hallmark movie channel.
Shirley had a deep faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and shared her faith many times to her family reminding us to keep our sight upon Jesus.
We miss all those moments that we shared with you during your life with us here and it is hard to believe that you have gone forward into a new life. We cherish all of the time we had with you.
Mother looked at me from her hospital bed on December 14th and while squeezing my hand, said “It will be alright”. Two weeks later, she went to be with her Lord and without any question, Shirley is “Alright”!
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