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Title: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: HighTechRedneck on March 26, 2011, 07:52:35 AM
Dorothy Sullivan, my mother, went on to heaven at 2:15am this morning, March 26, 2011.  She went very gently and peacefully with her cat snuggled up to her legs and me holding her hand.  I am forever grateful to the many friends who have been praying for us, and I will still need prayers as this is the most painful day of my life.  Mom & I were always close, but taking care of her these last 10 years made her the central point of my life and now that is leaving a deep void that is going to take time to heal.

There will be a graveside service at the Chattanooga National Cemetery at 2pm, Tuesday, March 29, 2011.  Reverend Jerry Millwood, a fellow bus nut, will preside.  While it will be a small graveside service, any friends near enough to our area who wish to attend are welcome.  After the service an informal get together to celebrate her life will be at a local restaurant buffet restaurant she enjoyed.

We lived full time in my bus the last 3 years.  We didn't get to travel as much as originally planned/hoped, but we did get to winter down in Florida one year at Jack & Paula's and attend the rally two years.  When I was growing up, Mom and I relied heavily on Greyhound buses for the vacation trips we took.  Those were some great experiences that probably seeded my later interest in buses.



Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: bobofthenorth on March 26, 2011, 07:57:33 AM
That's really hard news Mike.  There will be a big hole in your life for a long time because the two of you were obviously very close.  Someday you will be able to take comfort from knowing that you made her last years more enjoyable and secure. 
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Len Silva on March 26, 2011, 07:58:07 AM
My condolences for your loss.  Peace be with you both.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Busted Knuckle on March 26, 2011, 08:02:36 AM
Mike,
I'm sorry to hear she has passed on. But she may now rest in peace and without pain.

You are still in our prayers, and will continue to be so for a long time. I haven't lost either on my parents yet, and I know that it will be very hard for me when I do.

Call if you need anything! I wish I could make it to the services but work has me headed to Gallatin, TN with the girls softball team I carry. (all the buses are out that day which is a very good thing especially during the week!)
;D  BK  ;D
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: luvrbus on March 26, 2011, 08:08:52 AM
Mike, I never met you are your mother and I know only what Songman has told me and that was the love you and she showed towards each other that will always be there nothing will ever take that away from you 
 God Bless

good luck
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: bubbaqgal on March 26, 2011, 08:16:40 AM
Dorothy was a sweet, gentle lady.  I enjoyed the time I was able to spend with her.  She loved Mike with all her heart and it was obvious that he felt the same for her.  He was a good son and truly took good care of her.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Melbo on March 26, 2011, 08:25:45 AM
My heart goes out to you Mike

Melbo
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: crown on March 26, 2011, 08:27:49 AM
 mike sorry to hear your mom passed away we remember her from when you spent the winter down at jacks she
 loved you very much she is now pain free and watching you from heaven  god bless john / lidia your friends from
costa rica
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: jackhartjr on March 26, 2011, 08:32:44 AM
Mike, when the tears start flowing...think of the good times my friend!
We are Praying and Crying with you Mike.
Jack-N-Dianne
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: |@n on March 26, 2011, 08:35:17 AM
My most sincere and deepest condolences at this time of grief, Mike. I hope that time will bring you peace and only fond memories. Take care.

Ian
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: MEverard on March 26, 2011, 08:37:03 AM
Mike

I am new to this board so I have not had the pleasure of meeting you. I have seen here that so many people consider you a great friend. I hope one day to meet you and the many people I only correspond with, at this time, through this board. My prayers go out to you, and rest assured your mother is much happier in her new life. I lost both my parents many years ago, but great memories keep them in my heart daily.

Mike Everard
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Lonnie time to go on March 26, 2011, 08:45:54 AM
Mike so sorry this happened.  This has to be a difficult time for anyone to go through. 
You have my condolences I know you have been there for beside her along time.


Lonnie
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Van on March 26, 2011, 09:08:30 AM
Mike, All I can say is we all love ya Bro! and will share your loss :( Big warm hugs from all of us.

   Van & Cheryl
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: chuckd on March 26, 2011, 09:15:20 AM
Mike I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you yet, but when I do, I know one of the things I will admire about you, is the way you have cared for your Mom.  You are an inspiration to many of us.  Peace be with you, in this time of need.

Chuck Donnelly
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: happycamperbrat on March 26, 2011, 09:21:31 AM
(((hugs)))  :'( from mom 

(((hugs)))  :'( from me
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: rampeyboy on March 26, 2011, 09:31:12 AM
My prayers go out to you and family! I lost my mom on the 12th of November and dad on the 22nd of December. I feel for you. Your online family is here for you!

Boyce
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: FloridaCliff on March 26, 2011, 12:37:44 PM
Mike,

We are so sorry for your loss and will continue praying for you.

Take care and God bless,

Cliff
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: JackConrad on March 26, 2011, 12:47:38 PM
Mike,
   Our deepest conolences and we will keep you in our prayers.  I wish there was something I could say to ease the pain in your heart.  Remember all the good times.  When you have the get together at the restaurant ( I imagine this is the same restautant we went to with you and your Mom?), do us a favor and have an extra dessert for your mother.  Don't hesitate to ask if there is anything we can do for you.  Hugs from Paula & I.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: fe2_o3 on March 26, 2011, 12:54:27 PM
We are so very sorry Mike...The Cables
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: John316 on March 26, 2011, 12:55:25 PM
Mike,

I am sorry to hear this. I would like to extend my condolences to you. What a joy you know where she is, but the parting is sure hard! I will be praying for you, during this tough time.

I must say, I am very impressed with your servants heart. There aren't many people like you. Thank you!

God bless,

John
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: kyle4501 on March 26, 2011, 01:25:21 PM
So sad to hear of your loss Mike.
I know you miss her & it is hard, almost unbearable to carry on. . . .

What helps me cope with the pain of loss is to remember the good times & give thanks that there were so many.

You are still in our prayers.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: robertglines1 on March 26, 2011, 02:13:55 PM
Bob and Judy
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Paso One on March 26, 2011, 02:44:29 PM
I'm real sorry for your loss Mike. It will likley be the Hardest thing to overcome. Be thankful you were able to spend the time you did with her.

Paul
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: wal1809 on March 26, 2011, 03:33:56 PM
Prayers to you and your family.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Alan Baker on March 26, 2011, 03:43:30 PM
Mike,

  Linda and I are so sorry for your loss. As others have stated, the pain is over and the good times
are to be remembered.

Alan & Linda Baker
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: plyonsMC9 on March 26, 2011, 03:51:32 PM
Hi Mike,

Just got in and saw the post.  So sad to see the news.  I thought somehow she would pull through again.  I am very sorry for your loss here on this earth.  You served your Mom so well - she must have been a fantastic, godly woman.  What a blessing Mike.  Please accept my condolences.

In Him, Phil
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Oonrahnjay on March 26, 2011, 05:07:34 PM
My sympathies, too, Mike.  I'm another new board member who you've never met in person but I've recently been there, too.  (I took early retirement to be with both of mine who needed me and went nearly at the same time).  A very valued family friend told me "you'll be glad for the rest of your life that you did the right thing when you needed to".  And he was so right.  You did the right thing when you needed to.  Wishing you peace, understanding, and comfort from eastern NC.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: white-eagle on March 26, 2011, 05:24:38 PM
Mike, deepest condolences from Fran and I.  We know how much time you spent and how much you cared for your mom from the brief amount of time we spent together in Florida.  It's difficult to lose a family member, but even worse with one so close.  At least you have the benefit of this extended family of online friends as well as those of us you've met at one time or another.

I hope you find solace from this group in your time of need.  We'll keep praying for your health and benefit.  God rest her soul.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: ruthi on March 26, 2011, 05:28:16 PM
Mike, I am so sorry. You are an amazing guy to take care of and love your mom the way that you have. Not many like you. I wish we could do something. If we can, please let us know. You can rest knowing where she is now, and that her pain is over. It does take a long time to get over, but, like everyone has said, remember the good times. I still have a feeting thought every now and then to call my mom, but, then I remember, she is in heaven, for sure, but she left so much love behind and so many memories, as I know your mom did to. Prayers...... Ken and Ruthi
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Stormcloud on March 26, 2011, 05:41:45 PM
Mike:

We extend our deepest sympathy.

Mark and Donna
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Barn Owl on March 26, 2011, 05:55:02 PM
Mike,

I stand with everyone else here and offer my condolences. You are an exceptional person to do what you have done. At one time I was able to volunteer at a nursing home and was very saddened by seeing abandoned parents that were forgotten. The fact that you honored your mother the way you have will not be forgotten by God. I know your reunion with her and your other loved ones will be wonderful.

May God make your burdens bearable and your memories sweet during this separation.

Laryn
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: K234039 on March 26, 2011, 06:55:57 PM
Mike
Sorry to hear this.
Richard Olson
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on March 26, 2011, 07:04:46 PM
Hi Mike,

Our condolences for your loss.

May you gain the strength to carry on her legacy, and her beliefs.

You need time. Time to heal and gather thoughts.

Most important, she will never leave your heart and she will guide you in tough times.

God Bless
Nick-

Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Kevin on March 26, 2011, 07:05:54 PM
Mike, so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Rejoice in knowing that she is no longer suffering and is now in a better place. Paradise, I like to think! :) Please take care of yourself and your family.

Kevin
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Songman on March 26, 2011, 10:16:37 PM
Mike,
I want you to know how much this saddens me. I feel very fortunate to have known your mother and to witness firsthand the bond that the two of you had. I told you once before that it was obvious to me how much you meant to her. I could see in her face the love she had for you and the realization of what you were doing for her. I am glad that you took the time to keep me informed over the last few weeks and I did keep both of you in my prayers. As I told you yesterday, we find comfort in knowing that those who leave us are in a better place but it still leaves and empty place in our hearts when they go. You have many friends here who have been praying for both of you through all of this and will continue to offer up prayers for you as you continue on this journey. Thank you for being my friend and letting me know that special lady.
Dale
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: artvonne on March 26, 2011, 10:30:26 PM
  I can relate to some extent, my Dad has been living with me over 20 years, and getting a Bus is probably as a big a deal for him as for me. But he was born in 1922, so you can imagine its getting harder. I can only begin to imagine the grief you feel, and my heart goes out to you. But as others have mentioned, you gave her back a lot, and thats something to be damn proud of in this day. Happy trails friend.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: MikeH on March 26, 2011, 11:21:12 PM
Mike,

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the love of God and the memories you made with your mother. Our prayers continue to be with you as you mourn your loss.

God bless you,
Mike H.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Dreamscape on March 27, 2011, 02:53:27 AM
Mike, I'm saddened to hear of this news, but at the same time filled with joy. Your Mom is now free from the pain and suffering of this world. We'll continue our prayers for you and your grieving loss.

Becky and Paul
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Gary '79 5C on March 27, 2011, 06:36:21 AM
Mike,

Never met you, however we have this unfortunate passing in common. My mother, FIL, & MIL all in the last five years.

May the sense of loss & despair be more than balanced by the unconditional love I am sure you & mother shared. For you to care for her as you did is all one person can do, I am sure you did so as no other person on earth could have.

Condolences with tears in my eyes,

Gary
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Rick59-4104 on March 27, 2011, 07:03:01 AM
Mike,
 So sorry to hear of your loss....

Rick
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: LarryN 4106 on March 27, 2011, 07:03:25 AM
Mike, my condolences on the loss of your Mom. I lost mine last year and not a day goes by that I do not think of her. My job now is to "be there" for my Dad, who lost his life-soul mate at the same time I lost my Mom. At her funeral, the family gave the minister of her church, some anecdotes and I submitted this: In the movie Forest Gump, there is a sequence when Forest and Bubba are in Vietnam, and it is night, and it is pouring rain, and Bubba says "Forest, just lean against me and I will lean against you, and we can sleep sitting up without layin' in the mud (or something like that)". That was my folks, leaning against each other to get thru this life. It sounds like you were the good son, taking care of her during her last years and days. I am sorry for your loss.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: letz4wheel on March 27, 2011, 08:55:52 AM
Hey thats the lady that stole my tea  ;D I had the pleasure of meeting Mike and Dorothy and was witness to the bond and love they shared. That said I know this will be the hardest thing Mike has ever done. Carry on Mike and rest in peace Mrs Dorothy!

Doug
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: PADoug on March 27, 2011, 09:33:51 AM
Mike,

I was with my Mom when she died. I pray that we all share the gift that you gave her in passing, and that is: Feeling at home. Hopefully you can move through this and feel a lot closer to those around you who love and cherish you, just and you did your mother. Then her gift to you of unconditional love really will take on permanent meaning. My prayers are with you and the rest of the group who will be able to be down there with you.

Doug 
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Highway Yacht on March 27, 2011, 09:58:36 AM
Mike... So sorry to hear about your loss.. Your mother was so fortunate to have had a son like you that would do for her as you have.. I admire the loyalty, respect, and love that you not only had for her but showed for her everyday in the way that you took care of her through these last few years when she needed you the most. Not a whole lot of sons would have stepped up to the plate as you have. Just remember that she is in a better place and that you will see her again..

Jimmy
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: TedsBUSted on March 27, 2011, 11:11:05 AM
Mike,

Mike, I hope that all of the caring condolences posted here help to bolster your strength to work through this loss in your own right way and in your own right time.

When I read so much about Dorothy's generous love, I'm certain that she would want her son to be able to treasure the times that have passed, in a way that helps him to build strength to carry-on through this dark hour in order to meet a brighter day. Mike, that's what Mother would want, and it'll be an honor to her for you to muster the strength to follow through.

Ted
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: HighTechRedneck on March 27, 2011, 09:00:05 PM
I am greatly touched by all the wonderful sentiments posted here.  The love and support of friends really helps in this painful time.

I would like to share one amazing blessing I observed in this.  When Mom passed, it was raining.  Just as the funeral home came to pick her up, the rain stopped long enough for them to take her.  Just as they pulled away the rain started again.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: artvonne on March 27, 2011, 09:44:33 PM
I was with my Mom when she died.

  I wasnt, and I pain over that every time I think of it. I do not want Dad to go, but go he must, someday. I pray I am there.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Hi yo silver on March 28, 2011, 06:07:54 AM
Mike,
I haven't met you yet, but the level of support that has been offered here says a lot about you.  I liked your story about the rain. Reminds me of the October day when I lost my beloved grandma. I had thirty hybrid tea rose bushes in my back yard, including one bush Grandma had started for me years earlier. When I looked out my kitchen window after coming home from her service, there was one red bloom among the thirty one bushes. It was on her bush. We share your grief during the loss of your beautiful mom.
Dennis & Marilyn
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Charley Davidson on March 28, 2011, 08:42:11 AM
Sorry to hear of your loss, hope time will heal the pain.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: LUKE at US COACH on March 28, 2011, 12:16:15 PM
Mike:

I join the many here to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time in your life.

This journey we call "living" is so brief.

I will leave you with a line that the priest finished with, at my wife's funeral, which is appropriate for areas that have a winter season.

"We have Memories so that there may be Roses in December".

LUKE at US COACH
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: rcbeam on March 28, 2011, 03:52:29 PM
Mike, there is something special about a mother's love but also about a loving son, which you evidently were to her.  She went on to God's special place knowing how much you loved and cared for her.  You are a special person.  I wish you the best during this very trying time in your life. 

Russell Beam
Lexington, Ky.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: gumpy on March 28, 2011, 07:21:55 PM
Mike,

We're thinking of you in MN. Wish there was something I could do to help with the pain.

craig
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Mex-Busnut on March 29, 2011, 12:15:12 AM
Mike:

I have not yet had the privelege of meeting you, my friend. My heart goes out to you.

I am in a situation with my own parents' failing health, and it has been a very difficult yet special time to us. They arrived in Mexico as missionaries in December of 1956. Yes, I was with them: a six-month-old baby.

May the God of all peace and the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) be with you and restore you, my friend.

Sincerely:

Steve
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Kevin Warnock on March 30, 2011, 11:30:24 PM
Mike,

I am really sorry for your loss.

Kevin Warnock
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: tomhamrick on April 01, 2011, 03:34:24 AM
Karen and I are very sorry to hear of your loss.
Tom Hamrick
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: desi arnaz on April 01, 2011, 04:44:47 AM
when our mom passed  we had a small funereal,when we wheeled her out to the Mausoleum the wheel fell off the casket carrier twice. then when we slid her into the crypt the cover [it was snowing] got stuck and we had to pull her out again. seems mom was not ready to go yet. she was a wonderful person that i also took care of for 10 years.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: Just Dallas on May 06, 2011, 06:49:59 PM
Mike, I know your pain. I will pray. For you and for your mom.
Title: Re: Dorothy Sullivan 1923-2011
Post by: NewbeeMC9 on May 06, 2011, 07:24:46 PM


You are both in our thoughts and prayers.