The Norman Transcript

April 13, 2014

Fioretta Scofield Mowrey Sullivan


The Norman Transcript

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.

In June of 1977, an insurance agency named Commercial Insurance Services was born with Fioretta and John as the principals of the company. She was the corporate secretary and also served as in-house auditor for this company and it’s affiliates. Operational companies were eventually sold in 2004. In the meantime, the companies had become the employer of 65 individuals.

Aside from the business involvement, Fioretta was an avid reader and was involved in the early days of the Great Books Discussion Groups as a leader and mentor. She had an avid interest in Greek mythology, science fiction, and at the time of her death, was engaged in re-reading The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire for the second time.

She was always interested in the United States Embroidery Guild and was a member. Her needle point works at Cleveland County fairs won many first prizes and she enjoyed art as well as music throughout her life. Fioretta was an active participant in the book club at First Christian Church as well as an avid student participator reading the Bible for five years in the “Disciple Bible Study. “

Fioretta is survived by her husband John, son Brian Sullivan and his wife Cathy and her son Christopher Marlow, of Edmond; son Timothy Sullivan of Norman; and sister-in-law Jean Robertson and her husband Dean of Pryor.

Fioretta was placed in the care of Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Christian Church, 220 S. Webster Ave.in Norman, with interment at IOOF Cemetery in Norman.

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