The Norman Transcript

October 10, 2012

Priscilla Whitaker Sullivan


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — “Though you cannot see or touch me, I’ll be near, and if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear, all my love around you soft and clear.”

Priscilla Whitaker Sullivan, 92, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. She was born Nov. 2, 1919, in Millerton, the eighth child of Henry and Stella Whitaker.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Rancho Village Baptist Church, 1411 S. W. 38th in Oklahoma City, with burial at 3:30 p.m. at IOOF Cemetery in Norman.

The family moved to the Slaughterville, Noble and Norman areas, and she attended Central High School in Norman. In July 1936, Priscilla married Hubert “Sully” Sullivan in Norman. They had been married 65 years when he passed away in August 2001. They raised two daughters in Oklahoma City. Priscilla was a clerk at T G & Y for many years before beginning her longtime career in bookkeeping at Brittain Brothers NAPA Auto Parts, retiring in 1985. “Sully” and “Mert” loved traveling across America in search of the perfect bus or attending Bus Bashes. Many friends had the pleasure of traveling with them and experiencing their wonderful partnership.

Priscilla was a longtime member of Rancho Village Baptist Church, where she was active until health issues caused her to move to Norman with her daughter, Joyce. She was a member of the church choir and the Shiners Senior Choir, where she was able to continue her life-long love of music and sang her very first solo at age 65. Church attendance was one of the things she missed most during her later years. Her family and friends were blessed by her demonstration of faith in God, loyalty to family and friends, and a joyful spirit.

All who knew her enjoyed her wonderful sense of humor that remained throughout her life. Her hobbies included sewing (the girls never had store-bought dresses until their mid-teens), crocheting (afghans and hats for the Jesus House) and reading.

Priscilla was preceded in death by her husband, H. C. “Sully” Sullivan; parents; great-granddaughter, Madison Noel Demaree; and siblings Anna Mae Whitaker Butler, Gertie Bee Whitaker Markham, Gertrude Whitaker Markham, H. A. Whitaker, Burnett Whitaker, Adale Whitaker Morgan, Lillian Whitaker Garner, Lincoln Whitaker and Mary Whitaker Fleishman.

She is survived by daughters Judy Cummins (Raymond) and Joyce Filipski; grandchildren Matt Demaree (Kathy), Doug Demaree (Marcie), Mike Filipski (Michelle), Jeanette Filipski Grigsby (Jonathan), Bryan Cummins, Brad Cummins (Michelle) and Becki Cummins O’Brien (Sean); and great-grandchildren Brett Emerson, Austin Demaree, Meredith and Mikayla Demaree, Garrett, Kaitlyn and Anna Mae Filipski, Lucy and Ellie Grigsby, Brent Cummins, Chris and Becca Cummins and Lauren O’Brien; sisters-in-law, Auguleen Bryant and Ruby Sullivan; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Viewing is available at Vondel L. Smith Funeral Home, 6934 S. Western in Oklahoma City.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Priscilla’s name to the American Heart Association or Rancho Village Baptist Church People mover fund.

Friends may visit www.vondelsmithmortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.

Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

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