Obituaries (11/03/2012)

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SULLIVAN – Anne Sullivan. A long-term resident of Catron and Socorro counties, died on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society – Socorro. She was 81 and had struggled for a year with cancer. Anne was born in New York City on May 12, 1931, to Dr. John E. Sullivan and Gretchen Brehm Sullivan. She is survived by Brehm cousins, Joanne Butler and Christina Hooko of Seattle, Wash., Philip Brehm of Camino Island, Wash., Jim Brehm of Wheatridge, Colo., Gretchen Jones of Silver Spring, Md., and Penny Engel of Washington, DC. Ms. Sullivan came of age on Manhattan’s East Side, attending the Spence School and she graduated in 1952 from Smith College with a major in drama. She then entered an extraordinary career in stage management, which resulted in her receipt in 1987 of the Del Hughes Award for Lifetime Achievement and Excellence in the Art of Stage Management. Beginning as a lighting assistant to the renowned Jean Rosenthal, Anne soon advanced to production stage manager and stage manager for both Broadway and national tours. Shows she worked on included: “Inherit the Wind,” “A Taste of Honey,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Company,” “Cabaret,” “Gypsy,” “The World of Susie Wong,” “Annie” and “The Wiz.” She also went on tour with Lena Horne and Martha Graham. In 1970 Anne had enough of big city life and moved to a small adobe house in Lemitar. When she retired in 1987 she bought a log cabin in the mountains of Datil. She was a willing and active volunteer in the community. She was a founder of the Baldwin Public Library in Datil, where she also organized children’s programs. For over 20 years she served as an EMT with the Datil Fire Department, and she volunteered with Datil Search and Rescue. She had been a member of the local chapter of the American Association of University Women and a faithful worker at its annual Christmas Home Tour. She also assisted regularly at Datil’s Catholic church, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After settling in New Mexico, Anne became a self-taught writer. Her work was published in New Mexico Magazine, New Mexico Wildlife, Fiberarts, Rocky Mountain EMS, and Serape. She was a regular contributor to Magdalena Mountain Mail under the pseudonym and persona of her dog Sylvia. Anne was a world traveler. Following graduation from Smith, she traveled solo, often hitch-hiking, around the world, including to Africa, the Middle East, India and Australia. Later, between Broadway musical road shows, she launched multiple overseas trips, which she continued throughout her time in New Mexico. The last years of her life included long trips to China, Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand, America Samoa, Malaysia and New Guinea. A visitation was held at the Daniels Family Funeral Services – Socorro Chapel, 309 Garfield, on Thursday, Nov. 1, beginning at 6 p.m. with the Holy Rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Friday, Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Datil Catholic Church, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Father Alberto Avella as celebrant. Interment is in the Datil cemetery. Pallbearers are: Chuck Baker, Bob Basset, Johnny Caldwell, Chris Carilli, Jerry R Gutierrez, and Jim Ruff. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Anne’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 835-1530.