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Iola Dean Sullivan, 86, formerly of Lincoln, went home to be with
the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. She died peacefully in her
sleep at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Dwight.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at First Baptist
Church in Lincoln.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at
Holland Barry and Bennett Funeral Home and 10-11
a.m. Friday at the church.
Burial will be in Union
She was a schoolteacher for 30 years, beginning
her career in a one-room schoolhouse and teaching in
several Illinois communities, including Lake Fork,
Chestnut, Beason and ending in Atlanta. She also
worked at the Sears store and Frank Foods in
Lincoln. She finished her long working career at the
Lincoln Developmental Center, where she worked in
the clothing, housekeeping and industrial sewing
department for 29 years. She retired at the age of
She was born April 1, 1922, at Diller, Neb., to
Orville Albert Dean and Eva Lucinda Pitts Dean. She
was the loving wife of Charles "Carl" Sullivan. They
were united in marriage on Dec. 28, 1963, after a
whirlwind courtship of two months and were married
for 20 years. He preceded her in death.
She is survived by her only child, a loving
daughter, Stacey Marie Sullivan Stefanski, and
son-in-law Daniel Stefanski of Dwight; 11 nieces and
nephews; and numerous great-nephews and
She was also preceded in death by sisters
Florence Shipley, Bernice Dean and Ruby Hurley and a
brother, Roy Wayne Dean.
She was very devoted to the Sunday school
department of First Baptist Church, was the Sunday
school superintendent for many years, taught the
Meri-Wed class for over 30 years and served as a
junior church leader.
She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, a retired
She graduated from Lincoln Community High School,
Lincoln College and Normal Illinois Teacher
University, which is today known as Illinois State
She enjoyed making crafts and traveling on
adventurous vacations with her daughter. She loved
all animals big and small.
Memorials may be made to Sunday school department
of First Baptist Church or any chapter of the Humane
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