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Obituary: Evelyn Arey Sullivan Pewitt

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Evelyn Arey Sullivan Pewitt

Evelyn Arey Sullivan Pewitt

Evelyn Arey Sullivan Pewitt, 84, passed away, Thursday, July 2, 2020.

Mrs. Pewitt was the daughter of the late Dr. Stuart Lane and Ms. Evelyn Baker Arey. She was born on Sept. 12, 1935 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Lyn, nicknamed “The Queen” by her father, grew up on Lake Harriet teaching swimming lessons, loving theatre and cherishing her time at Camp Ajawah. While attending Northrop Collegiate School, she was the president of the drama club, graduating in 1953. She attended Macalester College, remaining active in theatre and graduating in 1957 with a degree in speech and theatre.

In December 1959, Lyn married the late Clyde Russel Sullivan of Franklin.  Russel and Lyn had four children: Jim (Ronda) Sullivan, Mike (Regina) Sullivan, Pat (Marni Quist ) Sullivan and Kate (Larry) Watkins. Their grandchildren include Ann and Ben Sullivan, Baker (Ruth) Watkins, Molly (Andrew Frazier) Watkins, Zack (Kate) Watkins, Zeke (Andrea) Watkins, Tiffany  Eller and Robin Gates, and great-grandchildren are Evelyn, Berns and Russel Watkins, Taylor and Jackson Eller, and Madison Barraza.

While in Franklin, Lyn was very active in the community. She was a founding member of Pull-Tight Players; a member of Allied-Arts; president of the March of Dimes; FSSD and PTA volunteer; member of the American Cancer Society; recipient of the Boy Scout Long Rifle Award; founder of the Boy Scout Day Camp in Williamson County; a Cub Scout Den leader; a Girl Scout leader; founder of a Parkinson’s support group; and a member of the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church. 

Lyn, author of “Back Home in Williamson County,” also worked in local radio for eight years and is fondly known as “Lyn the News Hen.” Her goal in collecting was to “collect friends.”

In 1988, Lyn married Dr. Edward Gale Pewitt of Naperville, Illinois. Gale and Lyn’s children by marriage include Sue (Paul) Lewis, Brad (Eileen) Pewitt, Bonnie (Greg) Derylo and Dudley (Chris) Swiney, along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lyn and Gale spent their 32 years of marriage traveling to six of the seven continents while visiting many countries within each continent. Lyn actually climbed the Great Wall of China unaided, although she was already diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Lyn’s surviving siblings and often traveling partners include Susan (Charles) Metsala, Jane (Frederick) Gilbert and Stuart (Virginia) Arey.

Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. Rev. Toby Mueller and Rev. Sally Hughes will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, and burial will follow in Williamson Memorial Gardens. 

Due to the current environment, guests are invited to wear masks and ask to participate in social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Pull-Tight Players Theatre or the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. 

Lyn and her family are especially thankful for her special caregivers, Angela Harter, Susan Greene and Kris Wright. 

When gathered with family, as Lyn sat down at the table she would always say, “I have lifted my fork,” as an invitation for all those she loves to join in conversation and communion. “The Queen” has lifted her fork.