Jeanne Lee (Agnew) Sullivan
July 7, 2022
Jeanne Lee (Agnew) Sullivan, 88, passed away on February 19, 2020, in Arlington, Texas, after declining health.
Born on September 18, 1931, in Shawnee, Okla., Jeanne was the oldest child and only daughter of Harry and Helen Agnew. She was the big sister to three brothers, Jerry, John and James Agnew. A recipient of a Catholic education, Jeanne attended John Carroll Elementary School in Oklahoma City. She and her family moved to Tulsa her senior year where she graduated from Marquette High School.
Upon graduation, Jeanne worked as a secretary in the insurance industry. Mutual friends introduced her to Thomas A. Sullivan (Sully), a college student at Tulsa University who was studying petroleum engineering. They married on May 26, 1956, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Tulsa. Four children were born from this union. Sully and Jeanne celebrated 60 years of marriage before he died on January 17, 2017, in Thermopolis.
While Sully worked for Skelly Oil Company, they lived in Sterling, Colo., McCook, Neb., and Tulsa. Upon taking a job with Empire State Oil Company, the Sullivans moved to Thermopolis, Wyo., in 1964. Sully and Jeanne remained residents for over 50 years. They wintered in Phoenix, Ariz., in the 1980's and 1990's, and played golf and traveled on a regular basis.
Jeanne was a member of St. Francis Altar Society, Holy Cats singing group, Lady Duffers and ESA-Alpha Phi Chapter. She served as President of the Legion Town and Country Club. She enjoyed golf, travel and home decorating. Jeanne liked to change the home décor quite frequently. Her family dreaded hearing her say these words, "Sully/Tommy, I've been thinking." That usually meant moving furniture and hanging paintings or pictures in different rooms.
Jeanne's legacy to her family was her unwavering Catholic faith and her daily reciting of the Rosary. She had a special devotion to Mary, Our Blessed Mother. Jeanne traveled to Our Lady of Medjugorje in southwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Our Lady of Rosary in Fatima, Portugal; two pilgrimages she was fortunate to be a part of while also cherishing the memories.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Helen Agnew; spouse, Thomas A. Sullivan, Sr.; daughter-in-law, Kim Sullivan, granddaughter, Tatum Michelle; and nephew, Lance Agnew. Since her death, her oldest brother, Jerry Agnew, Littleton, Colo.; and granddaughter, Emma Dorman, Thermopolis, have passed away.
Survivors include her four children, Terrie Ann Bjorklund (Eric), Arlington, Texas; Kathleen Marie Boyle (TC), Phoenix, Ariz.; Patricia Jo Tonn (Terry Jr.), Thermopolis; and Thomas A. Sullivan, Jr., (Cindy), Thermopolis; brothers are John (Rosemary) Agnew, Atlanta, Ga.; and James (Peg) Agnew, St. Albans City, Vt.; and sister-in-law Shauna Agnew. She was called "Nana" by her 12 grandchildren and "Nana-Jeanne" by her 14 great-grandchildren. Jeanne leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. A rosary will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Thermopolis. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July. 15, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Burial service for both Sully and Jeanne will take place after the Mass at Monument Hill Cemetery. Lunch will be provided after the burial in the Parish Hall by the St. Francis Altar Society. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the charity of your choice in Jeanne's honor.