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Born: May 04, 1932

Date of Passing: Jul 22, 2020

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Lorna Sullivan, of Bemidji, MN, died Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Trillium of Bemidji.
Lorna was born on May 4, 1932, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the daughter of Cecil and Nina Walley. She graduated from Balmoral High School in Balmoral, Manitoba and attended and graduated from the University of Manitoba and Bemidji State University. She married Maurice Sullivan on June 21, 1969.
Lorna worked as a counsellor and advisor of the International Student Administration at Bemidji State University for 27 years and retired on May 20, 1996. During her time at BSU, she created the International Student recruitment program and the family friend host program for international students. She also created and truly enjoyed the annual Feast of Nations.
Lorna was an avid downhill skier and curler. She loved reading, travelling extensively, and spending time with her doggy friends. She was renowned for her lemon pie and secret toffee recipe.
Lorna is survived by her husband, Maury Sullivan, her brother, Colin Walley, her many beloved nieces, nephews and their families, as well as many special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Kenneth Walley, Keith Walley (both killed in the Second World War), Marna Temple, Marian Walley, Feona Walley, Nina Phillips, Graham Walley and Bruce Walley.
A special thank you to the Trillium staff and Dr. Rod Will for their excellent care.
A celebration of Lorna's beautiful life will be held at a later date.
Memorials to be given to the United Methodist Church or Sullivan's International Student Scholarship Fund at BSU Foundation.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I grew up in Balmoral. My father was a friend with Lorna’s brothers in town. They did many crazy things by the sounds of it. I’m the youngest Slater girl , one of the twins, and can just remember Lorna before she moved to Minnesota. Still, I do want to give her family my condolences as our families have had a history together, I also had her brother Colin teach me music class when I went to teacher’s college at the University of Manitoba. He called me Carol most of that time as he knew my oldest sister better when we were growing up. Many good memories of the Walley family. Sincerely, Dean and Joan Holliston ( Slater , originally from Balmoral ) Morden, MB - Posted by: Joan Holliston ( Slater ) (Friend of her family ) on: Aug 04, 2020

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