Marjorie Jeanne (Mason) Sullivan
September 15, 1938 – March 7, 2023
It is with great sadness that the family of Marjorie Jeanne Sullivan announce her passing on March 7, 2023 at the age of 84.
Marjorie is survived by her children Rosemary Friel of Ridgefield, CT, Sean Sullivan (and wife, Laura) of Mesa, AZ and Marjorie Ascone (and husband, Frank) of Manalapan, NJ. Her memory will be lovingly cherished by her grandchildren Briana and Malachy Friel, Jack, Joseph and Gerard Sullivan, and Frankie, Charles and Sadie Ascone. She is predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Eugene Sullivan, her beloved son Owen Sullivan, and her parents, Mary and Joseph Mason.
Born in Manhattan, NY to Mary and Joe Mason, Marjorie grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens. She married Eugene Sullivan in 1960, and moved to the Dongan Hills neighborhood of Staten Island, where the family resided for nearly 40 years. She was a parishioner of St. Ann’s Church.
A graduate of Katharine Gibbs School, Manhattan, Marjorie worked for many years as an office administrator at Jaeger Wilpon Realty before retiring in 1997. Upon relocating to Oxford, NY, Marjorie formed close friendships and a deep community connectedness there. Truly, Oxford was home. Many a morning was shared socializing with her breakfast crew at Mr. Chubbs, a favorite local spot. Her later years were spent in Manalapan, NJ and Mesa, AZ.
Marjorie loved music, particularly women jazz vocalists such as Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. She would often impress the grandkids with her musical prowess, correctly noting that a guitar riff heard on the radio was Santana or Clapton. She enjoyed movies, holding firmly to her opinion that Die Hard was inarguably the finest Christmas movie ever to grace the screen.
Marjorie had a lifelong fondness for dance, having practiced pointe and ballet technique in childhood. She enjoyed reading mystery and crime novels. She liked to crochet and bake. Her carrot cake could modestly be described as superb. She enjoyed all the family pets, especially her horses and her cat Belle. She loved the beach and often reminisced of time spent at Rockaway, Queens as a teen. Marjorie nurtured lifelong friendships, sharing vacations in the Catskills with her Jackson Heights friends. The annual family reunion was a highly anticipated event, particularly when the Sullivan brothers took to the basketball court, footwear optional. Mostly, she enjoyed spending time with family, and loved nothing more than to share time together with family and friends enjoying a delicious meal.
There were life’s glittering moments: memories as a childhood dancer, a portrait of ethereal poise and grace, her prized horse Drum aka “Bold Bodhran” thundering to a triumphant finish at the Finger Lakes Racetrack. More, Marjorie was champion of the ordinary, living each day with grace and gratitude, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, a dependable friend with a kindly word, a gentle smile, or any small but most sincere gesture. She will be remembered most for her generous gifts giving graciously of her patience and time, her kindness and love - for simply “being there”, genuinely and wholeheartedly whenever needed most.
How blessed we have been to have walked this road together, with you by our side through all of life’s many ups and downs. Yours was a life exquisitely lived. We’ll find you in the morning sun and when the night is new, we’ll be looking at the moon, but we’ll be seeing you.
Friends and family may call at the Behe Funeral Home, on Saturday, March 18,2023, from 10:30AM- 11:30AM. Funeral Mass at Jt. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Oxford, will begin at 12:00PM. Friends and family may share memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.