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Mrs. Billy M. Sansing (Ruth Ann Chaney) was born March 22, 1921, in San Benito, Texas. She was the daughter of A. B. Chaney and Ruth Jolly Chaney. She lived her early years in Arkansas and Missouri, as her father was a civil engineer with the Missouri-Pacific Railroad. She attended Christian College in Columbia, Missouri for her freshman year. She transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics. She met Billy M. Sansing in 1941 on Pearl Harbor Day, and married the then Lieutenant Sansing in Little Rock on October 3, 1942. Her career as a successful homemaker featured stops in Texas, Mexico, Connecticut, Ohio, and Illinois. Her three children became the center of her productive life, while cooking and gardening were her interests. Her nutritional education helped her become one of the early advocates of healthful eating. She leaves behind her husband Billy; brother James B. Chaney; son David, his wife Caroline, and grandson Dean; daughter Cynthia Sansing Mycoskie, her husband, Steve Chapman, and grandsons Christopher, Kevin, and Craig Mycoskie; and son Richard and his wife Deana. She was an active supporter of numerous charitable efforts, particularly of environmental and animal causes. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. A lifelong Presbyterian, she was an active member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. Ruth Ann's retirement years were spent in The Towers on Park Lane in San Antonio, where she played an active role in its governance. In her final years, she was faithfully cared for by Virginia Morales. Memorial services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2013 at John Calvin Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Malcolm L. McQueen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the John Calvin Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 8102 Midcrown, S.A., TX 78239. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com.
Published in Express-News on Sept. 19, 2013