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Mary Esther Sullivan

1923 – 2017


Mary Esther Sullivan, a long-time resident of Coulee Dam, Washington, passed peacefully Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Welcome Home Villa in Omak, Washington. Born in Seattle, Washington on Dec 31, 1923, to Karl Richard Mueller and Mary Bland (Cumbo) Mueller, Mary attended school in Waterville, Washington, graduating in 1941. She then received her nursing degree through St Anthony's Hospital in Wenatchee, Washington. Her nursing skills advanced her to 2nd Lt in the U.S. Army, where she served from 1945-1946.

Mary was a traditional wife and always provided visitors with homemade cookies, or a slice of cake. She collected owl figurines, enjoyed finding bargains at yard sales, and learned to oil paint. Various needlework projects graced her home and she was known as the family historian and record keeper. Mary married Robert C. Hirst in Dec. 1946, and of that union two children were born: Karen Ann Hirst and Ronald Blaine Hirst. Mary and Bob were later divorced.

Mary married Patrick M. Sullivan in 1961. They made their home in Coulee Dam. After Pat's retirement, they traveled extensively with their fifth wheel trailer and enjoyed spending winters in Arizona.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Hirst of Spokane; son, Ron (Bonnie) Hirst of Tonasket, Washington; granddaughters: Lacey Hirst-Pavek, Trilby (Richard) Michels; great grandson, Blaine Hirst; great-granddaughters: Meri Hirst, Rylee Michels, Mia Michels.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Alice Elizabeth Canterbury, and husband, Patrick Sullivan.

Bergh Funeral Home, in Oroville, Washington, has been entrusted with arrangements. A graveside service at the Waterville Cemetery will be held at a later date.

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