Margaret Sullivan, age 69, of Decorah, IA, died on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus in Rochester, MN. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Perry, IA. Visitation will be on Monday, June 5, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Wilson Grove Cemetery at Sumner, IA on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be given to the charity or church of your choice in Margaret's name and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home.

Margaret Susan Burrow Sullivan was born on October 4, 1947, in Iowa City, Iowa to George Irving and Elizabeth Zane (Miller) Burrow. She attended Rock Island High School, graduating with the class of 1965. After high school, in 1968, she was the very first graduate from Justin Morrill College of Michigan State University. She went on to graduate school at Viterbo University. Margaret was united in marriage to Rev. Dr. Brian Barry Sullivan at Cresco, IA on May 24, 1980. She was a teacher for Crestwood High School at Howard-Winneshiek Schools, later taught Spanish at seven different schools in the Fonda, IA area, and also taught at Northeast Iowa Community College.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and proud of her Curves membership. Margaret was a dedicated supporter of the Commonweal Theater in Lanesboro, Minnesota. She attended seminars for Life Long Learners at Luther College and Center Stage Concert Series. She enjoyed reading, traveling, and doing needlework.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Brian and her parents, George and Elizabeth Burrow, and a nephew Joshua Burrow.

She is survived by her stepson, Paul Timothy Sullivan, Lake Mills, IA; siblings, John (Janet) Burrow, Maquoketa, IA, Paul (Nancy) Burrow, Rippey, IA, Stephen Burrow, Sandstone, MN, and David Burrow, Algona, IA; uncles and aunts, Maxine Hemingson, Alaire Miller and Harvey (Maxine) Miller; friends Carol Meinecke and Marlene Michel; nieces and a nephew; and many cousins.  Margaret donated her eyes and tissue for medical research.

Your form message has been successfully sent.

You have entered the following data:

You may send your condolences to the family below. Thank you!

Please correct your input in the following fields:
Error while sending the form. Please try again later.

Note: Fields marked with * are required

Always There for You

You can reach us day or night, even on Sundays and holidays:


(515) 465-8100




Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care
1721 Park St
Perry, IA 50220




What to Do in the Event of a Death?

If the death took place unattended at home, please immediately notify the local police department or sheriff's office as soon as the death occurs.  Otherwise ask your health care provider to call us.


Print Print | Sitemap
© Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care