Mary Sullivan loves talking to people. As an ambassador at Lakestone Terrace, she gives tours of the complex and strikes up conversations over lunch. Sullivan recently received the Citizen of the Year award at Lakestone Terrace. When Carol Upshaw, Executive Director, began thinking about the award recipient, she knew Mary was deserving.
The award winner must be an advocate for seniors, be a volunteer in the community, share their knowledge with others, promote an active lifestyle and be passionate about what they do. “And lastly they smile and spread joy in helping others,” Upshaw said, “Mary Sullivan was an excellent choice.”
Sullivan graduated from high school in 1960 and joined the United States Airforce in 1961. She laughed and said, “I knew I didn’t want to work at the local grocery store all my life.” After nine years in the military, she was discharged in 1969 and began work as a government technician with CT Air National Guard. Sullivan was put back on active duty when Desert Shield/ Desert Storm began. She served until 1995 and then retired as an E-7 Master Sergeant. She had 20 years in the military and 10 years in the reserve.
She moved to Granbury in 2013 to be closer to her older brother and his family who live in Pecan Plantation. Her younger brother also moved to Granbury. Sullivan immediately fell in the love with Granbury and the people. In 2014, she sold her home and moved to Lakestone Terrace.
“The residents and staff made me feel at home. It is one big happy family,” Sulivan said. A couple weeks after moving into the community Sullivan started to assist different residents that she felt needed someone. “At that time I heard about the ambassador’s program. I did something you never do in the military, I volunteered and I love it. My natural instincts for helping people took over,” she said.
“I plan on continuing to give my all as long as I can and I feel very humbled and honored to accept this award,” Sulivan said.
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