NORMAN — Fioretta Scofield Mowrey Sullivan was born June 3, 1925, at home in Muskogee, and passed from this life Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Her parents William Asbury Mowrey and Beatrice Regina Scofield were married in Chicago in 1917 prior to Sgt. Scofield going overseas with the American Expedition Air Force as a part of his military organization, the 119th Ammunition Train. The occasion of their being in Chicago was that she was a member of the San Carlo Opera Company and the Chicago Civic Opera.
Fioretta was raised occasionally with aunts and in her mother’s teaching career across small towns in Kansas and Missouri, graduating from Westport High school in Kansas City, Mo., in 1941 at age 15. During the war she worked for the Kansas City Southern Railway. Her schooling included University of Missouri — Kansas City, the New England School of Music and finally the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated in 1949 with a general fine arts degree with a voice major. She graduated from the School of Library Science at the University of Oklahoma winning the Herrick Award as the outstanding student in that School in 1950.
She met her husband John Sullivan on his return from the service in December of 1945. They were married at McFarlin Methodist Church on March 12, 1948, while both were students at the University of Oklahoma. After graduating from school, she was the cataloguing librarian for the University of Oklahoma Medical School and was a reference librarian for the Capitol Hill branch and at the main branch of the Oklahoma City library system. In June of 1955, she followed John to Kansas City.
Her first son, Brian Sullivan was born in 1956 in Kansas City. For two years the family was moved to Atlanta because John had been named regional manager of the southeast and traveled from there. Her second son, Timothy Ralph Hardie Sullivan was born in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1961 while the couple was living in Neptune Beach. The couple had moved there because of the concentration of business developed in that area. John and Fioretta returned to Kansas City and lived there until June of 1971. In 1971, the family moved back to Norman. Fioretta was a devoted mother and wife and stayed home raising her family during this time.