Obituaries: M. Diane Sullivan

Margaret Diane Sullivan, 84, of Keosauqua passed peacefully at 3:30 P.M. Friday July 28, 2017 at University Hospital, Iowa City. She was born August 9, 1932 in Creston, Iowa to Clyde and Helen Davis Duncan. Diane graduated from Oskaloosa High School, attended Parsons College, Fairfield and William Penn University, Oskaloosa and graduated from Drake University, Des Moines. She taught at Lone Tree School.

Diane married Thomas J. Sullivan August 24, 1959 in Lone Tree. They moved from Fairfield to Keosauqua in 1969 and acquired Sullivan Drug in 1970. Diane was the Secretary of Sullivan Drug, Inc. They sold the drug store in 2003 and retired to their home in Keosauqua. Diane was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Fairfield, and had been active in Van Buren Players and did volunteer work for the Riverview Club, Keosauqua. Surviving are her husband, Tom, 7 children, Jay (Christine) of Minden, NV, Jim (Elizabeth) of Casper, WY, Joe of Minden, NV, John of Redondo Beach, CA, Jeff of Tempe, AZ, Mary (Kyle) of Pacific Beach, CA, and Gene (Renee) of Manhattan Beach, CA and 8 grandchildren, Josiah, Justin, Hannah, Lacey, Jordan, Thomas, Shannon and Scarlett.

Diane’s sense of purpose and joy in life came in the rearing of her children and running the Sullivan household. She had a curious and inquisitive mind.  She enjoyed bird watching, playing piano, horticulture, gardening and was a wonderful (self-taught) cook.  She had a prolific understanding and love of college basketball that would amaze any sports enthusiast.


The family will receive friends on Friday August 4, from 5 PM to 7 PM at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, Iowa.  The casket will remain closed.  A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday August 5 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Fairfield with Fr. Nick Adam officiating. Cremation will follow the service at the church with private burial of the cremains in Purdom Cemetery, Keosauqua. Iowa. Gifts in memorial for the Van Buren Players and/or Friends of Lacey Keosauqua State Park may be left at the funeral home or Church or mailed to P.O. Box 38, Keosauqua, IA 52565.  The family would appreciate any fond memories you have of Diane to be emailed to to help us celebrate her wonderful and amazing life.  We will miss her dearly.