After a valiant 11-year battle with cancer, Frances Elizabeth Sullivan passed away on Saturday, July 3, at her home.
In life, Francie had an irrepressible spirit, embracing life with vigor until her last days. She was known for her animated laugh, dry wit, and passion for all animals, including birds, tropical fish, turtles, and especially dogs. She was devoted to her two Papillons, Huey and Louis; both were a source of great amusement and companionship.
As an avid home gardener, Francie created a lush sanctuary brimming with flowers and shrubs of every variety; it was the envy of her neighborhood. Each season she generously shared her bounty with friends and family.
Francie had a keen collector’s eye and over the decades acquired and catalogued mid-century favorites, including furniture, ceramics, and glassware.
After graduating from Hull High School, Francie entered the Army in 1974. She was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for meritorious service while assigned to the 120th Aviation Company in Fort Richardson, Alaska. She served her country with distinction as a specialist fourth class and was awarded the certificate in November 1977 as a testimonial to her honest and faithful service. During her tour, she traveled from Texas to Alaska, enjoying the cultural contrasts to her New England upbringing.
Returning back East, Francie settled in Forestdale and attended Cape Cod Community College, where she pursued a variety of interests. Working at Cape Cod Hospital for more than 30 years, she participated in its electronic medical record initiative and served as union steward for 1199 SEUI, where she promoted and protected the interests of her colleagues. She was a forward-thinking and innovative member of the staff, respected by all.
As a child, Francie resided in Hull, the daughter of John A. Sullivan Jr. and Dorothy M. (Williams) Sullivan. She is survived by her 10 siblings: Dorothy M. Sullivan, of Silver Spring, Md.; John A. Sullivan III, of Pearland, Texas; Catherine A. Sullivan, of New York City; Christopher P. Sullivan, of Plymouth; Mary P. Sullivan, of Hull; Susan E. Sullivan, of New York City; E. Vincent Sullivan, of Hull; Eugenie M. Sullivan, of Sharon; Robert E. Sullivan, of Lakeville; and Genevieve M. Sullivan, of Hingham. She also leaves 12 nieces and nephews.
As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made in Francie’s memory to the MSPCA-Angell Clinic of Cape Cod.