Anne Marie Snell Sullivan, 81, of Malone, died April 5, 2014 at the Alice Hyde Medical Center. Born in Potsdam, Feb. 21, 1933, she was the daughter of Milton B. and Kathryn Fregoe Snell.
On Aug. 13, 1956, she married Ronald P. Sullivan at St. Marys Church in Potsdam.
Anne graduated from Potsdam Central High School in 1951. She received her associates degree from Paul Smiths College, her bachelors degree from Potsdam State College, and her masters degree in education from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Her teaching career began at Parishville-Hopkinton School, where she taught elementary art. She went on to serve as librarian at Colton-Pierrepont School. Anne taught in the Malone Central Schools from the time her family moved to Malone in 1965 until her retirement in 1991, when she chaired the Districts Art Department. Anne touched the lives of countless elementary and high school students as a teacher of studio art, mechanical drawing and drafting. She inspired many of her students to pursue careers in art, teaching and architecture. For many years, she was the driving force behind the Malone Central Schools annual student art show, where she worked tirelessly to promote the work of her students.
Anne was very active in her community. She was an engaged alumna of Paul Smiths College, serving on the Colleges Board of Trustees, and participating as a long-time member and President of the Alumni Association. She served as a long-time member and President of the Board of Directors of the North Franklin Federal Credit Union. She played a role in community and economic development in Malone, serving on the Redevelopment Committee of Malone and being active, along with her husband, in the Malone Chamber of Commerce. Anne was a 4-H youth leader, and served for many years on the home economics committee of Franklin County Cooperative Extension. She was a member and volunteer at the Almanzo Wilder Homestead and Museum.
She was an accomplished painter who is known for her landscapes and portraits. She loved her garden, horses, Ayrshire cows, and enjoyed buying, selling and collecting antiques. She was a past member of the Franklin Trail Riders.
Anne is survived by her husband, Ronald Sullivan of Malone; two daughters, Ellie (Wayne) Stripp of Canton, and Maria (Edward) Hinge of Bristol, N.Y.; two sons, Charles (Debra) Sullivan of Jamesville, N.Y., and Tade (Sue) Sullivan of Clear Spring, Md.; nine grandchildren, Francis Stripp, Madeleine Young, and Joseph, Julia, Mary, Liam, Max, Jack, and Clark Sullivan; seven brothers, John (Martha) Snell of Colton, Gary (Jane) Snell of Parishville, Steven (Peggy) Snell of Parishville, Joseph (Patricia) Snell of Parishville, Nathan (Kathy) Snell of Parishville, Mark (Carol) Snell of Colton, and Richard (Mary) Snell Parishville; two sisters-in-law, Kinga Snell of Norwood, and Jane (John) Phippen of Central Square, N.Y.; and a brother-in- law, Ed McCarthy of Colton.
She was predeceased by a sister, Florence McCarthy, and a brother, Milton (Phil) Snell.
Friends and family may call at St. Patricks Church in Colton, N.Y. on Thursday, April 10 at 9 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church with Msgr. Aucoin celebrating.
Interment in the family plot in the parish cemetery will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Wead Library (Malone), Hepburn Library (Colton) or Malone Call Firemen.
Arrangements are by the Spaulding Funeral Home of Malone.