Gail A. Sullivan

February 27, 2006

Gail A. Sullivan
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Vietnam War Veteran

GAIL A. SPENCER SULLIVAN, in Stoneham, formerly of Woburn, Monday, February 27th. Beloved mother of Kimberly B. Palmer of Wakefield. Devoted sister of Mary J. Musial and her husband Eugene of Lowell, Lynda R. Sullivan of Wakefield, and Janet L. Collins and her husband Fred of Florida. Daughter of the late Richard F. and Lillian R. (Spencer) Sullivan. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, March 3rd at 8:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hourswill be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment is private. Donations may be made in Gail’s memory to the Vietnam Veteran’s Assoc., 8605 Cameron St., Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or to the MSPCA-ANGELL, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. Vietnam Army Veteran

Gail Ann Spencer Sullivan passed away quietly at her home in Stoneham on Monday, after a brief illness. She was fifty-nine years of age. Born in Winchester, she was the daughter of the late Richard F. and Lillian R. (Spencer) Sullivan. Gail was raised in Woburn and attended St. Charles School and High School graduating with Honor from the Class of 1964. Gail continued her education at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where she studied to be a Registered Nurse, which was her life’s pursuit, and graduated with Honor.

Following graduation, Gail volunteered her services and joined the Army where she served in Florida for a time. After several years she returned to the Woburn area and reunited with Lawrence Memorial Hospital where she worked in the surgical ICU for a number of years. She subsequently worked at the Melrose – Wakefield and Symmes Hospitals as charge nurse. In 1980 she took up residence in Stoneham where she remained until the time of her death. Continuing her love for nursing and caring for others she began working with the VNA of Boston and later VNA of Malden until ill health prevented her continuing.

From the time she was in Florida she was blessed with a daughter Kimberly , with whom she has shared a very special relationship. Together they loved, laughed, traveled, and shopped.

Gail was very proud of her daughter and all of her successes and accomplishments.

She also continued with her own education over the years keeping up with all of the latest medical changes and updates. Gail was a voracious reader, enjoying all sorts of genres. She and Kimberly enjoyed many happy hours at Rockport, which was a place they both loved, and shared with Gail’s family and friends. Painting with oils was a natural ability that she developed and pursued. She did several canvases depicting nature scenes and vistas in Rockport and Gloucester. In addition to painting, she crocheted and enjoyed ceramics.

Gail is survived by her daughter, Kimberly B. Palmer of Wakefield, her sisters, Mary J. Musial and her husband Eugene of Lowell, Lynda R. Sullivan of Wakefield and Janet L. Collins and her husband Fred of Florida. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, March 3rd at 8:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment is private.

Donations may be made in Gail’s memory to the Vietnam Veteran’s Assoc., 8605 Cameron St., Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or to the MSPCA-ANGELL, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

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  1. (Mary) Denise Wall

    To all of Gail’s family, I’m very sorry for your loss. I was a classmate of Gail’s with the Class of ’64 from St. Charles.

    From time to time, some of us still get together and talk over “the old days” and Gail’s name comes up many times. She is always remembered for her beautiful smile and her sharp mind.

    My deepest sympathy,

    Sincerely,
    Denise Wall

  2. Our deepest sympathies to Gail’s family. We only knew her for a short time but rarely does a person touch your heart like Gail. She was such a warm and dear person. My 5 year old daughter loved Gail and enjoyed visiting her every chance she could. Allie and I will miss her deeply.

    Kelly & Allie Stoddart

  3. Aunt Gail,
    I will miss you very much and I will keep in my heart the talks we had and the advice you have given me over the years. I promise to keep in touch and check in on Kim for you.
    Your loving Niece/Goddaughter,
    Debby

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