Longtime Westchester resident Mary Ann Sullivan passed away in her home Nov. 12 after a brief illness. She was 88.

Sullivan, who lived in Westchester for 58 years, was born in Los Angeles Jan. 7, 1922.

She was raised in Hollywood and attended Hollywood HighSchool and UCLA.

As an exceptionally talented artist, she had opportunitiesto work for motion picture fashion designer Edith Head and the Walt Disney Studios, but she instead chose to marry and devote herself to raising a family, her family said.

Sullivan was married to her husband, Clifton Rogers Sullivan, an executive with the aircraft industry, for 63 years until his passing in 2004.

The couple had three children, Michael, an author, and daughters Karen and Kathleen.

Friends say Sullivan was a very kind and gentle woman who devoted herself to her children and to helping her community. She was an active member of the Westchester Mental Health Guild, working tirelessly at its downtown Westchester gift boutique, The Guilded Cage, for over 33 years.

Sullivan also participated in numerous community charitable activities. Always more concerned for the well-being and happiness of those around her than for her own, she will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

A memorial service for Sullivan is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7 – her birthday – at the Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester. All are invited to attend.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Westchester Mental Health Guild.

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