Margaret Helen Coulson-Sullivan, born August 3rd, 1948 in Chicago, IL, passed peacefully on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019, age 71, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Young Margaret lived with her family in Chicago until she graduated from high school and moved to California. As a child she enjoyed spending time with her grandparents when not in school and took care of her siblings from an early age, always having at least one in tow. Early on, Margaret learned to be a hard worker: at 9 years old, she began her first job ironing the neighbors clothing, where she earned 5 cents per item. Along with her siblings, she also delivered bread that her mother made and sold each week. She carried this industrious spirit throughout her life, and always strived to work hard for herself and those she loved. She was ambitious and competitive in her youth, playing basketball, volleyball and racing on the ice. She started winning award after award, and it sparked her spirit to achieve more. The most notable of these achievements was the honor of being accepted into Jones Secretarial School: here she flourished and set the bar for her siblings who remember her as being an inspiration and a role model. She remained true to herself and secretly rebelled against the propriety restrictions of her beloved school by wearing her long golden hair tucked in a wig under a red hat and sporting her high heels and matching suit. This combination of determination, business savvy and strong minded independence prevailed throughout her life. Everything she did was done with passion and warmth, and she was never afraid to try anything new. She was a natural salesperson, extremely creative and always treasured the many badges and trophies she earned. Her career as a cosmetologist merged these traits and afforded her the opportunity to make many friends along the way. Throughout her life, she enjoyed competing in sports, bowling, country line dancing, owning her own business, participating in hair shows, party planning, stamping cards, floral design, party planning, home improvement, sewing, gardening, cooking, and her most recent love of artistic expression, drawing flowers. She flowed from one hobby/career to the next with ease and grace, always finding joy in the next adventure. She was loyal, kind, compassionate, and she loved unconditionally. Her capacity to love was enormous and she yearned to be loved in return. At 18, she married Thomas Norman Kaufman and moved with him to Encinitas, California. Though their marriage was brief, their friendship was life-long and they shared three beautiful children together. Their first experience as parents came to a quick halt when their baby daughter, Tammy Marie Kaufman, passed away. A year later they were elated when their daughter, Maryann Jeannine Kaufman, was born. Three years later they were blessed with the birth of their son, Richard Charles Kaufman. Being a mother was Margaret’s true joy; she spoke often of her children being her greatest achievement and she loved them fiercely. Over the years, Margaret sought to find the love of her life and at long last met her husband A.J. Sullivan who was the gentle soul she had been searching for and she loved him completely. Besides her husband, Arthur James Sullivan she is survived by her siblings Joseph “Bud” Coulson, Barbara Coulson-Sorin-Stamm, Judith Spencer, Daniel Coulson, Richard Coulson, and Patricia Coulson-York Mark and their extended families; her step-siblings Naomi, Michelle, Theresa & Mark and their extended families; children Maryann Makkonen and Richard Kaufman; her step-children Steve (Desiree) Sullivan and David (Chris) Sullivan; & grandchildren Jessica Makkonen, Garrett Makkonen, Skylar Kaufman, Chance Kaufman, Nathan Sullivan, Adam Sullivan, Samantha Sullivan, Ethan Sullivan, Emily Sullivan; great grandchildren Mila and Chole Sullivan and her lifelong friends Jim and Lynn Boris. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Patricia Dorothy Hepner & Joseph Belmont Coulson, her children’s father Thomas Kaufman, daughter Tammy Kaufman, nephew Jessie Sorin, and granddaughter Kelsi Makkonen. Her remains will remain in the protection of her family. This is the legacy of a strong woman who always worked hard and strove to succeed, who gave her whole self to loving her friends and family and whose definition of success is unconditional love. She was loved by all who truly knew her, and she will be missed as she reminds us to be kind and generous. As her loved ones live in multiple states, a virtual life celebration will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. 501-982-3400