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Helen Marion Sullivan, 87, died May 26, 2003, in Billings.

The daughter of Ralph and Mary (Harkin) Lumley, Helen was born May 29, 1915, in Red Lodge, where she spent her childhood years. In 1937, she graduated from nursing school in Billings.

Helen married Luther Cook in 1937, and together, they had one child. Helen practiced nursing in Billings before moving to California in 1942 to work as a riveter for Lockheed.

After the war, Helen returned to Red Lodge, where she remained until her marriage to Oliver Sullivan in 1949. They lived in Billings and had three children before moving to Helena for several years. In 1958, the family returned to Billings.

Helen's passions were history, archeology, genealogy and reading (especially Shakespeare). She also enjoyed metal detecting, fixing things and trips to the mountains. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. Helen will be remembered for her ready smile and keen sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Oliver; sister Phyllis Sullivan of Livingston; three daughters, Jere Duncan of Billings, Sharmon (and husband Marty) Brougham of Denver and Rita Reno of Missoula; son Lyno (and wife Julie) Sullivan of Stillwater, Minn.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nieces, nephews and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by three sisters, three brothers, a grandson and a great-grandson.

The family extends a special thanks to the staff at Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community and Big Sky Hospice.

A memorial service will take place at Mayflower Congregational Church in Billings on July 31. Cremation or Funeral Gallery is assisting with the arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Big Sky Hospice or to the charity of your choice.

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