Although the stories of the kids and families she met were often heartbreaking, Jeanne had a real passion for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization for which she volunteered for 16 years. Please consider a donation in Jeanne's name to help the kids she helped for so many years.
With deepest sadness, we regret to inform you of the loss of Jeanne Sullivan, who passed away unexpectedly on July 31. She was a dear friend to so many of us -- as warm and caring a person as one could ever hope to meet! Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and we will pass on additional details as we have them.
Her loss is truly a loss for the whole of the Virginia credit union family. And she loved her credit union family -- she was employed first by Virginia League Central Credit Union (now Beacon), and then the Virginia League's service corporation, for 35 years.
She was an invaluable resource for our credit unions, especially the smaller and mid-sized institutions with which she worked closest. At work, she "sweated the small stuff" – some might say she worried a bit too much about such things -- but we loved that about her, and the League and our credit unions are better for it.
As many have noted, she had a heart of gold, a true servant's heart, which really shone through in her work with the League's statewide Community Involvement Committee and her 16 years as a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia, a true calling given that she often met children facing life-threatening illnesses. In recent years, her volunteer service and involvement expanded to CMN Hospitals and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
She also laughed -- a lot -- and encouraged those around her to do the same. She cared deeply about the people in her life and even people she just met. She had a ready smile and a positive, "we'll-see-it-through" attitude under the toughest of circumstances. She served as the truest example of a life well-lived: to care about people and what you do, to have a servant's heart, and to laugh.
"Jeanne will be greatly missed," said League President Rick Pillow. "She was a wonderful ambassador for the League, and she cared so passionately about people and was so conscientious about the work she did on behalf of our credit unions. She was cut from the same cloth as those credit union pioneers who believed so deeply in the movement and what we do, and that the heart of our movement is simply helping people."
Donate in Jeanne's Honor to the Make-A-Wish Foundation
Although the stories of the kids and families she met were often heartbreaking, Jeanne had a real passion for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Please consider a donation in Jeanne's name to help the kids she helped for so many years.
You can forward donations to the Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia, PO Box 11469, Lynchburg, VA 24506. Note that the donation is for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Jeanne's honor. Checks/share drafts can be made out to the Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia.