Erin Rish Cheshire Sullivan, 88 donned her angel wings and took flight on Sunday, May 8, 2022. She was born to Robert and Luella Cheshire in Birmingham, AL on April 30, 1934. She married Carroll V. Sullivan on May 26, 1953. They were married for 45 years and the proud parents of 4 children. Granny as she was affectionately called was the proud grandmother of 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She graduated from Mortimer Jordan High School in 1952 and Jefferson State Community College in 1975. While in high school she was delighted to participate in the band where she played the trombone and made All-State Band. She was equally excited when her grandson Scout, chose that instrument when he joined the band. She worked at UAB, East End Mental Health Center, and the Jefferson County Nursing Home. She had worked in the medical field and retired 3 times but could not stop caring for people. She loved doing ceramics and her husband built her a shop where she spent many hours with her daughter Cathy, creating beautiful pieces.
Granny never met a stranger. She loved endlessly, forgave people of their faults and gave of her time and energy to help other people. She appeared to enjoy trying to help others feel better and as comfortable as possible. She often said she did what she could for people because she wanted to. She was the ideal role model as wife, mother, sister, friend and grandmother.
She is predeceased in death by her parents, Robert and Luella Cheshire, her husband Carroll V. Sullivan, daughter, Judy Gayle Sullivan, son Carroll Duane Sullivan and grandson Kevin Shane Sullivan. She is survived by her daughter Cathy McGettigan (Tom) and her son, Eric Sullivan (Kay). She will lovingly be remembered by her grandchildren: Erica Leonard (Brian), T. J. McGettigan (Katie), Megan McGettigan, Scout Sullivan, Holly Tuggle, Sam Miller, Jared Stewart, Ryan Aldridge, Sarah Sullivan, Maddie Culwell, Joshua and Jacob Peterson, and 2 great-grandchildren; Chosen Son Tommy McMath, Godson Ryan Hunt, Best Friends Hyacinth Lowe and Richadean Wilson, special friend and caregiver Deb Coffey and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. The family is thankful for her Compassus nurses and caretakers: Brett, Jamie, Alexa and Alecia for taking such good care of her in her final months.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 12th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Service will follow at 12:00 pm. Interment at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East in the Garden of Everlasting Life.