Mary K. Sullivan, 84: Explored new interests throughout life

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PORTLAND — Mary K. Sullivan, 84, of Portland, formerly of Falmouth, died peacefully surrounded by her family Aug. 10 following surgical complications.

The daughter of Dr. Raymond and Helen (Conard) Keesecker, she was born in Cleveland, Ohio, March 28, 1927. As a child she enjoyed horseback riding, competitive field hockey and swimming.

In 1948 she earned a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University. While at Cornell she met Edward M. Sullivan, DVM. On June 26, 1948, they were married in Cleveland, Ohio.

They moved to Pride’s Corner in Westbrook to raise their family, and later moved to Falmouth in 1974.

As an adult she was always exploring new interests, and was an avid skier, sailor, and tennis player. A voracious reader, she also enjoyed skating, hiking, calligraphy, bridge and gardening.  

She was a member of the Portland Yacht Club, the College Club of Portland, Women’s Auxiliary of the Osteopathic Hospital of Maine, Women’s Committee of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and recorded books for the Down East Recording for the Blind.

Over the years she was very active in St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Prides Corner as a lector, parish council member, and served two terms as council president.

Her husband, Edward, of 57 years predeceased her.

She is survived by her three daughters and their families, Marcia Sullivan, daughter-in-law Deb Brusini, and granddaughter Delaney Vartanian; daughter Christie DeMichael, son-in-law Brent, grandchildren Allie and John; daughter Patty Sullivan, son-in-law Jeff Lang, granddaughter Samantha Gillis; five nieces and a nephew.

Memorial services were held last weekend.

Arrangements are by Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland.

Memorial donations can be made in her memory to the Burbank Branch, Portland Public Library, 377 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME 04103.

Please visit for additional information and to sign her guestbook.

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