April 15, 2024

Mary K. Sullivan, age 75, of Ulysses, Kansas died Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. She was born July 23, 1940, in Liberal, Kansas, the daughter of Alvin Douglas and Cressie Elizabeth (Martin) Sears.

Mary grew up in Pratt and graduated in 1958 from Pratt High School. She lived in Liberal and moved to Ulysses in 1961. Mary married James Hubert Sullivan on December 26, 1960 in Ulysses. She worked at the family business, Sullivan Inc., and ran the elevator at Milepost. She and her husband ran cattle and Mary did the bookwork. In the early 1970’s, she went to work at Hathaway & Kimball Law Office, working there for 20 years. She was then appointed the Grant County Register of Deeds. She held that office from March 1, 1994 until December 31, 2013. Mary was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church where she was a Communion Minister, Altar Society, and Kansas Register of Deeds Association. Mary was on the Sullivan Inc. Board of Directors and served as their secretary. She also served on the Grant County Scholarship Board and Grant County Cemetery Board. Mary enjoyed her Thursday Night Social Group, reading, traveling, going to the mountains, and going to casinos. Mary always made time for her family, remembering their special days, birthdays and anniversaries.  

She is survived by her son, Kelly Sullivan of Ulysses, Kansas; sister, Betty Liebst of Medicine Lodge, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews; and many family members and friends. 

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim; brother, Bob Sears; and an infant brother, Jimmie Douglas Sears.

Vigil and rosary service will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM and funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 10, 2016 both at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ulysses, Kansas with Reverend Peter Fernandez officiating. Interment will follow at the Ulysses Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, or donor’s choice in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880.