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Cecil Collins Scanlan (79) died on February 11, 2021, at her home with family and friends by her side.

Cecil was born in Atlanta, GA to Hazel S. Collins and Charles D. Collins. She graduated from The Westminster School in Atlanta in 1959 and attended Sweet Briar College in Lynchburg, VA. While at Sweet Briar, she met her then future husband, William Scanlan, Jr., (Bill) who was a student at The University of Virginia. Cecil then attended The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, and graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor's Degree in American History.

After graduation, Cecil visited Bill and his family in Brownsville, Texas and while on that trip, Cecil and the Scanlan family went to Mexico to visit Bill's aunt and uncle, Mildred and Pedro Chapa in Cuernavaca. This would be the first of many trips to Mexico, as Cecil fell in love with Mexico, its people, its food and its culture.

Cecil and Bill were married in Atlanta, GA on April 23, 1966. In June of 1966, Bill joined the Army and Cecil served as an "Army Wife" for four years.

Cecil and Bill moved to San Antonio in June 1971 where Bill joined a law firm that would later become Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan, P.C.

When Cecil arrived in San Antonio, she joined the Junior League of San Antonio and did volunteer work for Friends of Hospice, specifically the 1995 Poinsettia Ball. In addition, she was active with the acquisition of the retablos for the restoration of San Fernando Cathedral and the acquisition of "San Antonio/The Saga" for Main Plaza. She also supported the Maverick Lecture Series at Trinity University. An avid reader, Cecil was rarely without a book and belonged to two book clubs and one garden club.

Cecil was also a keen traveler and with Bill and friends, she traveled to Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia, South Asia and New Zealand. Over the last 15 years, Cecil and Bill spent time on the West coast of Ireland. And as with Mexico, Cecil fell in love with Ireland, its people, its history, its landscape and its culture. One night over dinner, she smiled and said to Bill: "And there is one more thing I love about Ireland…I never have to spell 'Scanlan' for anyone."

Cecil was much loved by all who knew her. Considered a treasured friend, she was kind, sweet, thoughtful and loving. She combined a gentle style with a wonderful, radiant smile which made all that knew her feel so very comfortable.

She was a wonderful, loving wife and mother, generous with affection and kindness. And Cecil's love, kindness and affection were reciprocated by her family. She is greatly missed.

Cecil was quite lovely and she excelled in writing thank you and condolence notes. Often was the time that Bill would be approached by a recipient: "Bill, I just received the most thoughtful note from Cecil…"

Cecil learned Spanish in the household and she and Bill insured that their children were raised in a bilingual home. Mil gracias, Martha!

In the last years of Cecil's illness, she had one Hospice nurse and four caregivers: Jane, Georgina, Diafana, Norma and Maria. They were, and still are, a blessing!

Cecil is survived by Bill, her husband of 54 years, two children, William Scanlan, III and Marguerite Scanlan Ogata, and her sister, Carolyn C. Mobley.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the organization of one's choice or Friends of Hospice. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Published in Express-News on Feb. 21, 2021.
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