Lorna Sullivan


Lorna Sullivan, of Bemidji, MN died Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Trillium of Bemidji.

A celebration of Lorna’s beautiful life will be held at a later date.

Lorna was born on May 4, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the daughter of Cecil and Nina Walley. She grew up and lived in Balmoral, Manitoba. Lorna graduated from the University of Manitoba, and taught high school English and was a high school counselor. She graduated from BSU with an MS in Counseling. She was a counselor and International advisor at BSU for 27 years. Lorna loved the International Students and did recruiting in South East Asia. She developed the Feast of Nations, which featured talent of the students and the International food from around the world. She also developed the Family Friends Program, which assigned International students to families in the Bemidji area to be their friend and have them in their homes. She retired in 1996 from BSU. Lorna was the first IFO president and also served a second term in the 90’s.

Lorna married Maury Sullivan in 1969 in Winnipeg. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last summer with two big parties. A good time was had by all! Lorna and Maury did a lot of traveling throughout the world and she enjoyed all the trips. Lorna loved downhill skiing and enjoyed curling in Winnipeg and Bemidji. She was an avid reader and loved spending time with her doggie friends. She was known for cooking excellent meals, her outstanding lemon pie and her secret toffee recipe.

Lorna was active in the UMC. She was the church treasurer for years, youth group leader and active in the UMC women’s group. She liked working at the Fall dinner and getting to know all the members of the church. She loved playing cards. She played many black jack tournaments and won many of them. Friends said she was one of the luckiest card players they knew! She also was a volunteer at the information desk at Sanford Bemidji for many years. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma.

Lorna was proud to become a US citizen in 1973 and loved politics. She was looking forward to voting for Senator Rita and a new President Biden in November.

Lorna is survived by her husband, Maury Sullivan, her brother, Colin Walley, her many beloved nieces, nephews and their families, as well at many special friends.

Lorna was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Kenneth Walley, Keith Walley (both killed in WWII, Marna Temple, Marian Walley, Feona Walley, Nina Phillips, Graham Walley, and Bruce Walley.

Memorials to be given to the United Methodist Church, Sullivan’s International Student Scholarship Fund, the BSU Foundation or the Bemidji Food Shelf.

Lorna had many health issues. She did well and had a long life thanks to Dr. Wally Temple, Dr. Deborah Frable, Dr. Rod Will, and Elinor Rutherford. A special thanks to the Trillium staff for their excellent care.

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