Elizabeth M. ‘Betty’ (Hickey) Sullivan

December 9, 2017

Elizabeth M. ‘Betty’ (Hickey) Sullivan

ELIZABETH M. “BETTY” (HICKEY) SULLIVAN – in Woburn, December 9th,at ninety eight years of age. The beloved wife of the late Joseph Sullivan. Loving mother of Claire E. Murphy, her husband Thomas, Joseph B. Sullivan, and Mary C. Burns, her husband Jeffrey all of Woburn. Dear sister of the late Esther B. Carroll and Marguerite Nostrom. Devoted grandmother of Daniel, his fiancé Megan Capobianco, Steven and Gregory Burns, Joseph, Sean, Brendan, his wife Vanessa Sullivan, Megan Murphy, her husband Jeff LaTores and Karen Murphy, five dear great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, December 13th at 10:45a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, at Noon. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Tuesday, 4-8p.m.. Remembrances may be made in honor of Betty to the Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA,01104,or Helping Hands Foundation, PO Box, 332, Medfield, MA 02052. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch–Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY:

Elizabeth M. “Betty” (Hickey) Sullivan passed away at the Woburn Nursing Center, Saturday, December 9th. The beloved wife of the late Joseph Sullivan, she was ninety eight years of age.

Born in Winchester, Betty was one of three daughters of the late William J. and Elizabeth M. (Quinn) Hickey. Raised in the South End of the city, Betty was a graduate of Woburn High School with the Class of 1938.

Betty worked at the JH Winn, Watch Hand Co. in Winchester , after high school. During that time in 1941, she married her long time sweetheart Joe Sullivan.

The war broke out, Joe went overseas with the Army and Betty went to work for the Navy Yard in Charlestown. There she was involved with assignments of all the ships coming and going for the US Navy. There she had made some very dear friends with whom she shared a very special relationship over the years.

Betty was the very proud mother of two daughters and a son. She was very attentive to all their needs and had enjoyed passing on all the familial traditions of the Sullivans and Hickeys, establishing some of their own along the way.

New Hampshire and later Maine were always the family destinations during the summertime. Camping and swimming along with friends and family always lent itself to some truly wonderful and long lasting memories. Long Lake or Swain’s Lake was always fun!

Betty throughout her lifetime was a woman of tremendous faith. An active participant of the Immaculate Conception Church, all throughout her life, right up to its closing, Betty took part in all of the goings on. The weekly Bingo games, parish dinners, craft fairs, holiday fairs and preparing the church for the special events of the year, Betty was right there. After the closing of the Immaculate Conception, Betty was a member of St. Charles Parish, where she was also was very actively involved.

A rather quiet woman, Betty was strong willed , kind and very thoughtful. Betty’s world was her family and her faith, which over the years has just grown and blossomed, bringing her much love, joy and happiness. She was avid reader and loved crocheting.

Sadly, in 1996 Betty’s dear husband Joe passed away after fifty five years of marriage, followed by her sisters, Esther B. Carroll and Marguerite Norstrom.

Betty is lovingly survived by her children Claire E. Murphy, her husband Thomas, Joseph B. Sullivan, and Mary C. Burns, her husband Jeffrey all of Woburn, cherished grandmother of Daniel, his fiancé Megan Capobianco, Steven and Gregory Burns, Joseph, Sean, Brendan, his wife Vanessa Sullivan, Megan Murphy, her husband Jeff LaTores and Karen Murphy, five dear great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, December 13th at 10:45a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, at Noon. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Tuesday, 4-8 p.m.. Remembrances may be made in honor of Betty to the Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA,01104,or Helping Hands Foundation, PO Box, 332, Medfield, MA 02052. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch–Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have very fond memories of your mom. She holds a smile in my heart.

    Love: Liz Farrell(Mogauro)

  2. sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts & prayers your mother was always so nice when we were growing up many fond memories from Garfield Ave Ann-Louise (Fallon) O’Donnell

  3. Jan (Sulllivan) Collins

    To Claire, Joey, and Mary Christine and all of your children, I’m so sorry to hear of Aunt Betty’s passing. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Peace!

    Lynda and I will be making a donation in Aunt Betty’s name to the Shriner’s Hospital in lieu of flowers.

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