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In Memory of

Martha Foster Sullivan

July 5, 1958 - March 26, 2015

Obituary


Martha Louise "Marty Lou" Foster Sullivan, 56, died peacefully Thursday, March 26, 2015, at her Montgomery home surrounded by her family after a valiant almost year-long fight with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Martha Thompson Foster (2014) and Richard "Dick" Foster (2004) of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., whom she loved dearly. Marty graciously served as primary caregiver for her mother for 10 years prior to Marty's cancer diagnosis and her mother's death in 2014. It is fair to say Marty's dedication to her family was of utmost importance...

Martha Louise "Marty Lou" Foster Sullivan, 56, died peacefully Thursday, March 26, 2015, at her Montgomery home surrounded by her family after a valiant almost year-long fight with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Martha Thompson Foster (2014) and Richard "Dick" Foster (2004) of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., whom she loved dearly. Marty graciously served as primary caregiver for her mother for 10 years prior to Marty's cancer diagnosis and her mother's death in 2014. It is fair to say Marty's dedication to her family was of utmost importance to her and a true reflection of her heart.

Marty was born on July 5, 1958, in Tampa, Florida. She spent her formative years in the Coral Gables and Miami, Fla. area. She was a 1976 graduate of Miami's Westminster Christian School.

When she went to college, she found her second home at Auburn University, where she served as a loyal member and president of the Chi Omega sorority and was among the 1979 Top Five Miss Homecoming Court. She graduated with honors from Auburn in 1980 with a degree in journalism and public relations. She cherished her years at Auburn University and looked back on her time there with pride and adoration.

After a four-year stint as a journalist working for the Alabama Journal, Montgomery's former afternoon newspaper, Marty moved on to her life's work as the consummate public relations professional. She worked for several corporate entities, all in Montgomery, including Blount Brothers Construction Co., Colonial BancGroup Inc. and the EverRest Group; did agency work for Tapley and Associates; and twice owned her own PR firm, The Write Solution and Blue Sky Communications.

Her longest public relations position was as senior vice president for public affairs for the Business Council of Alabama, a statewide business and industry association. Her work with that political organization led to her serving as director of policy and communications for the 2010 Bradley Byrne gubernatorial campaign and later briefly as publisher of the Inside Alabama Politics newsletter.

She was a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA) and its Montgomery chapter, serving in several official capacities including chapter president and as the chapter's outstanding practitioner in the year of her presidency. She achieved the status of senior practitioner in 2001 from the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) and was the recipient of countless public relations awards on both the state and regional level.

However, Marty's greatest accomplishment and deepest love was her family. She is survived by her husband of twelve years, Edwin Hoke Sullivan; two children, Andrew Foster (Drew) Ellis and Martha Ann Ellis Hight (Wes); their father, Richard Michael (Mike) Ellis; three step sons, Edwin Hoke (Buddy) Sullivan, Jr., Hoke Turner Sullivan and Christopher Andrew (Drew) Sullivan (Lauren Smith); granddaughter, Mary Ford Sullivan, sister, Judith Katherine (Judy) Serpente (Jim); two nephews, Richard James Flaherty (Sheri) and Sean Patrick Flaherty; two dogs, Marley and Taylor; and countless adored cousins and friends. She will be forever loved and deeply missed by all who knew her. Her life, though it was cut short, was lived fully and happily with a most sincere devotion to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

A celebration of her life will take place Sunday, March 29th at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery with burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Dr. Lawson Bryan officiating. Visitation will take place prior to the service from 2:00 ''' 3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Pallbearers will be Chase Chambliss, Jimmy Dennis, Patrick Flaherty, Richard Flaherty, Kevin Ketzler, Hans Luquire, Quintin Riggins, and Johnny Sullivan.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marty's name to the Wellness Foundation at Montgomery Cancer Center, 4145 Carmichael Road, Montgomery, AL 36106
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.leak-mc.com.