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CH Sullivan

Mar 28 1918 - Nov 24 2009

Mrs. CH Sullivan, age 91, of Princeton, Texas passed away November 24, 2009, in McKinney, Texas, in the environment she cherished the most: surrounded by loved ones. She was born on March 28, 1918, to Acie Larry Kite and Florence Ann Tompkins at the family home north of Princeton, Texas. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1936. On June 18, 1938, she married Joe Luke Sullivan in McKinney. Many current and former McKinney residents will remember Mrs. Sullivan for her clothing store which she owned and ran on the downtown square for more than 20 years. At CH’s Dress Shop, there was always a fresh cup of coffee, good conversation and a way to make that outfit work, even if it took a little alteration here or there. A fire destroyed the store in 1979, forcing her into retirement, but that did not stop Mrs. Sullivan from creating priceless mementos for her friends and family from her endless palette of paints and fabric. From prom dresses to oil paintings and her precious ceramic dolls to her treasured quilts, she continued to preserve her love for those close to her through her creations. Mrs. Sullivan was also very talented in the kitchen, teaching all of her daughters-in-law the art of southern cooking. And in their formative years, one of her granddaughters (and even a grandson from time to time) could almost always be found by CH’s side on the patio painting ceramics, in the sewing room learning how to sew a straight hem or in the kitchen learning how to make her coveted “bubble bread.” Mrs. Sullivan was a past member of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, a past member of the Noino Study Club and an active member of the Princeton Church of Christ. She also volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels, where she delivered meals to elderly and homebound people in the local area, many of which were years younger than she. More recently, Mrs. Sullivan could be found at home with her girlfriends enjoying food, fellowship and working together on their crafts. She also loved sports and would not miss a chance to join the family to watch her beloved Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers or Dallas Cowboys. During her lifetime, Mrs. Sullivan touched countless hearts. She made each and every person she knew feel loved and special. Many of those she touched “adopted” her as their own surrogate sister, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Sullivan is survived by her sons, Joe Larry Sullivan and Linda of McKinney, Charles Kieth Sullivan and Kathy of Allen; daughter-in-law, Linda Sullivan of McKinney; grandchildren, Mike Sullivan and Stacy of Princeton, Steve Sullivan and Rhonda of Dodd City, Katie Gilbreath of Melissa, Chris Sullivan and Laurie of Allen, Kym Spurgin and Donny of McKinney, Sally Barton and Daniel of Arlington, Virginia, Stephanie Boggins and Neal of Abilene, and Heather Sullivan of Allen; 17 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; sister, Willie Mae Gilbert of Princeton; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Joe Luke Sullivan; son, Billy Coy Sullivan; brothers, Tompkins Beck, Alva Tompkins, Leonard Tompkins, Walter Tompkins, RD Tompkins, and Clayton Tompkins; and sisters, Frances Hall and Mary Etta Rackley. Funeral services will be held at 10am, Saturday, November 28, 2009, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Bro. Bruce Boys officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends for visitation from 7-9pm, Friday, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486,
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