MARIE Louise O’Sullivan lived in and loved Gerringong for most of her 84 years.
She was born on June 18 1929, only daughter of Hugh and Violet Love. Her early years were spent at “Tabbala” in Rose Valley at Gerringong with her family which included two brothers John and Michael until the untimely death of her parents at an early age.
Sadly both John and Michael both predeceased her.
Marie married Geoffrey O’Sullivan in 1956 and moved to Toolijooa where they farmed before moving into “town” at Gerringong. Marie and Geoffrey gave their children a happy and carefree life on the farm with Anne, Patricia and Peter all being born while living there. Tragically, they lost another son, David shortly after his birth in 1962.
After moving to Gerringong another daughter Lisa made the family complete.
Marie was Nana Chook to her ten grandchildren, Kristen, Cameron and Lachlan; Kate and Ben; Jed and Kearha; and Jarryd , Matilda and Molly and eight Great, Grandchildren Kai, Oscar and Archie (an angel); Britta, Maison and Blayne; and Maddison and Kleo all of who brought great joy to her life.
Marie’s dedication to her husband and family are to be admired, as too her service to the community of Gerringong.
Marie was an inaugural and life member of the Gerringong Branch of Children’s Medical Research Institute since 1959 until her passing recently. She was a member of the Monday Quilters for 17 years - whose quilts also helped raise funds for CMRI.
She was the inaugural secretary of the Gerringong Hockey Club and later president when she instigated the building of the hockey shed which still stands today.
Marie was also the inaugural secretary of the Mayflower Auxiliary of Volunteers and volunteered at Mayflower Village herself for many years.
The Catholic Church in Gerringong was a major part of Marie’s life. She not only attended Mass most Sundays but she cleaned and arranged the flowers for more than 55 years. She was also secretary of the Centenary Committee of the Church and helped organise many Catholic Balls in Gerringong.
Marie lived a full and rewarding life in Gerringong until one year ago when she moved to Bupa at Berry where she was cared for and loved until her passing on August 10 surrounded by her loving family.
Marie’s life was celebrated when family and friends gathered at the Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church at Gerringong and was later buried next door to her family home in the cemetery at Gerringong.
Marie’s family would particularly like to thank her carers at Bupa Berry including Dr Chambers, Father Chris Roberts and all her family and many friends for their continued love and support.