Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mohegan Lillian Sullivan Passes On

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It comes with much sadness to report that Lillian Sullivan passed away on Wednesday.

Lillian's smile, warmth and wit will be cherished by those who were fortunate to have known her. Lillian was politically active in the Tribe and a friend to many Mohegans. Her obituary noted that "during her life she worked in several interesting positions. She acquired a college degree in adulthood and worked many years counseling. She was always there for a child's party or to cheer at their games, to make regalia, and encourage their Mohegan Tribal dancing. Lillian's native name means "Spiritual One", and so she was in a realistic loving way, always striving to help others in their struggles while enduring her own. Lil is a shining example of our Mohegan call, "we persevere."

Lillian, 74, was the wife of John Sullivan Sr. and the daughter of Walter Anthony and Orneda Saunders Benson of the Mohegan's Cooper clan. She has many survivors.

Burial will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Fort Shantok Burial Grounds in Uncasville.