SULLIVAN EDITH IRIS 87, of Cary, formerly of Brighton, MI, died Friday, April 13, 2012 at Manor Village Independent Living in Morrisville. Iris was born January 23, 1925 in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Arthur Russell Tremaine and Edith Iris Estelle Tucker Tremaine. Born to two deaf parents late in their lives, Iris learned to conduct family business and communication from an early age, and knew American Sign Language as soon as she could talk. Her parents still had challenges caring for a young child though, and Iris was primarily raised by an aunt, Nell Ferguson and a beloved uncle, Ronald. She met and married her now deceased husband Leo Raymond Sullivan in a wartime romance that lasted 60 years. During their lives together, she worked as a dental assistant, a nutrition counselor, and an insurance secretary for many years, but her most cherished job was a homemaker and mother to five daughters. Moving frequently to follow opportunities for her builder husband, she created home after home in Michigan, California, and Ohio, and moved to Cary, North Carolina after Leo's passing. In Cary, she found a whole new life that she treasured with nice weather and a long growing season, in a lovely home of her own with a small backyard and garden, a beloved Yorkie named Maggie, and being only blocks from two daughters, whose lives she could share on a daily basis. The last move to the Manor was another delightful phase, where she quickly made new friends and blossomed with an unexpected social life. She is survived by her beloved daughters, Kathy Miller and her husband, Stew of Cary, NC, Maureen Sullivan and her husband Phillip Lieberman of Birmingham, MI, Colleen Anderson and her husband Michael of Austin, Texas, Doreen Meffert and her husband Rudy of Brighton, MI, and Janeen Sullivan and her husband Steve Sedahl of Cary; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten for the legacy of her large, loving family. Gratitude to the Manor for their facilitating her needs and elegant lifestyle there, and to all the 3HC Hospice team for their amazing support and care, especially Pam, who to our good fortune became Iris's caregiver with professional loving care and friendship. A Memorial Service for family will be held 11 a.m. Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home Chapel, 200 SE Maynard Rd., Cary NC 27511. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Memorials may be made to Wake County Public Library Trust Fund, www.wakegov. com/libraries/about/library fund.htm or Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, www.encsd.net. Condolences may be sent to www.BrownWynneCary.com.
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It is with very great sadness that I read this notice of your Mom's passing. I have great and very fond memories of both her and Leo. I'll try and have a good thought for everyone today. Bob
To my ever loving "sis", as always..in my heart and in my prayers. Give Leo a hug for me.Thanks for a life time friendship.
Doreen and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Bruce Cox
My deepest condolences to your family. Mrs. Sullivan was a joy to work with at the insurance agency, and I will always remember making a trip to Lansing with her to attend a class. Having graduated with her daughter, Doreen, I had known her many years so conversation was so easy! She treasured her family, and I admired her very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
To my wonderful cousins, we are so so very sad to hear of your mom 's passing. She was truly treasured and loved. It brings great comfort to know she and Uncle Leo are together again. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all, much love Connie & Art