Rita Sullivan honored on her retirement from health department

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Rita Sullivan thought she was having a quiet lunch with friends and former co-workers from the Switzerland County Health Department last week.

What she got was a surprise luncheon honoring her as she retires after more than 21 years of service to the county as an employee of the health department.

The surprise luncheon was organized by Betty Lucas, longtime director of the health department, who spoke of Rita Sullivan’s dedication to her job.

“I worked with Rita for over 21 years,” Betty Lucas said. “She is very efficient and always in a good mood. When she comes to work in the morning, everything becomes brighter. She has had many trials and tribulations in the past year, but always has a smile for clients that come to the health department.”

Along with her dedication to the health department, Rita Sullivan and her husband, Lowell Wayne Sullivan, have also been very active in the Switzerland County community, serving on various charitable boards and in organizations that seek to serve the people of the community.

“I know of no other two people in the county that have done more for the community than Rita and Lowell Wayne,” Betty Lucas said. “If someone needs some type of mobility or other equipment from the American Legion, there is no doubt that they are there for them.”

The Sullivans have continued to be an important part of the community even when health issues have hit the family during the past year.

“Even through all their illnesses, the food baskets were distributed for the holidays for those who wouldn’t have a traditional meal,” Betty Lucas said of the Sullivans work to deliver food baskets at Christmas time. “They deserve all the recognition that they receive for all the good deeds they’ve done for many years.”