Mary Anne (Callahan) (Doherty) Sullivan
Amesbury - Mrs. Mary Anne (Callahan) (Doherty) Sullivan 82, of Amesbury, formerly a 40-year resident of Salisbury Beach went to heaven on December 9, 2019 at the Meadows in North Andover after a 3-year battle with Melanoma.

She was the beloved wife of 59 years of J. Nicholas Sullivan. Mary Anne and Nick were married on March 13, 1960 at St. Augustine's church in Andover. She was raised in Andover, attended Andover Public Schools, was a graduate of St. Mary's High School, Class of 1955 and the Katharine Gibbs School.

She was employed for many years by the former Bon Secours Hospital in Methuen and later worked in the office of Charles Ellis M.D. in Andover.

She travelled extensively with Nick going on dozens of cruises throughout the Caribbean as well as one though the Panama Canal. Some of her favorite trips included Ireland, Rome and Vatican City, Las Vegas and numerous visits to Foxwoods. During her retirement she spent many happy winters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Mary Anne loved her 11 grandchildren, a very dry martini, Keno, scratch tickets, daily Mass and a good bargain; she scoured the aisles of Marshall's, TJ Maxx and the Kittery Outlets often with her daughter Tara in tow. She was looking forward to the birth of her first great-granddaughter in the spring.

In addition to her husband Nick, she is survived by her brother, Thomas Doherty and his wife Leslie of Kingston, N.H.; her sister, Edith Doyle of Lewiston, Maine; her eight children: Kelly Sullivan and her wife, Dorothy Peterson of Amesbury, Nicholas Sullivan of Haverhill, Colleen Sullivan and her husband Steven Grover of Haverhill, Jay Sullivan and his wife Karen of Salisbury, Terence Sullivan of Salisbury, Tara Sullivan of Lynn, Andrew Sullivan of Lawrence, and Kyle Sullivan of Waltham.

Known as Mame to her grandchildren who also survive her: Katherine Gray and her husband Matthew, Nicholas Sullivan, Kayla Sullivan, Ryan Sullivan, Connor Sullivan, Patrick Sullivan, Meaghan Sullivan, Jack Sullivan, Brenna Sullivan, Michael Sullivan and Timothy Sullivan.

Additionally, she is survived by her lifelong friends David and Joyce Mitchell of Atkinson, N.H., and their children: Barbara, Mary, Katie, Susan and Andrea and their families; and her former daughter-in-law, Jane Sullivan and her fiancé Phillip Murphy. She is also survived by her good friends, Beverly Vaughn, Helene Murphy, Bob Mannix, and Betty Connell; as well as three generations of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Timothy Callahan and Thomas and Catherine Doherty; her "Auntie" Mary Connor; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dan and Joan Sullivan; and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Teddy and Beth Sullivan.

The family would like to thank Dr. Patrick Ott and his staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for the extraordinary care and support they provided to Mary Anne over the past three years. They would also like to thank The Meadows at Edgewood for the care and support provided to her over the last month.

Mary Anne was a longtime communicant of Star of the Sea Church in Salisbury, and more recently at Holy Family Parish in Amesbury.
Her funeral Mass will be held in the Holy Family Parish, 2 School St., Amesbury, Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to arrive directly at church to celebrate her life. Visiting hours in the Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Ave., Amesbury, Friday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be privately held. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Mary Anne's memory to St Vincent De Paul Society, at Holy Family Parish, 11 Sparhawk St., Amesbury, MA 01913, or to St Jude Children's Hospital, 50 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit
Published on December 11, 2019


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Jeanette Ganimy Caux
Dec 15, 2019
I wish to send my sincerest condolences for the loss of your beloved Mary Ann.
We were classmates at St. Mary' s High and graduated in 1955.
I have very fond memories of those days. Sorry.
Craig Tedeschi & Katherine Walsh
Dec 13, 2019
To the Sullivan Family.. Our thoughts and sympathy are with you at this sad time. Her smile, her spirit, and her goodness will remain alive in the hearts of everyone who knew her.....
Joyce Peters Healey
Dec 11, 2019
To Nick and the entire Sullivan Family,
Please accept my sincere heartfelt expression of sympathy of the loss of Mary Anne.
My sister Laura Peters was a good friend of MaryAnne’s.
My sister Laura, Cathy Ford and Mary Anne frequented Bishops in Lawrence as a trio!
Also had many fun times at Butch’s in Salisbury Beach.
May she Rest In Peace!
My sister Laura passed in 1979 at the age of 44.
Bill & San McGurren
Dec 11, 2019
Tom & Leslie,
These words of deepest sympathy are sent with hope that, as time goes by, cherished memories will help bring you inner peace and make your beloved Mary Anne seem still close to you.
Our sincere sympathy,
Bob Tedeschi & Judy Tedeschi
Dec 11, 2019
We are so very sorry to hear about your loss.
Brian MacKenna-Rice
Dec 11, 2019
Kelly, my sincere and respectful condolences. Hoping you will be comforted by the warmest memories of your mother. Brian M-R
Dec 11, 2019
To Nick... and to all those others whom Mary Anne loved and left behind... We are deeply saddened by your loss. We have many fond memories of our times with Nick & Mary Anne both in Salisbury and in Cape Coral... Mary Anne was a good soul and a fun loving person to be around. We have a particular glass that we always made a cosmopolitan for Mary Anne when she was here. Tonight we will use that glass to toast to her memory... Good memories, good times remembered... May those memories carry all of you through these difficult times. Please accept our sincerest sympathy.