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Ana Elena Sisnett

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In Memory of Ana Elena Sisnett, Nov. 5, 1952 - Jan. 13, 2009 On January 13, 2009, our adored Ana Sisnett "passed away" encircled by words of love and wishes of comfort from the loved ones that were physically present as well as in spirit, as she transitioned into her next journey from life. There are many terms to express one's transition but "passing" is the most appropriate way to describe what Ana has provided to her immediate family and local community in addition to her global family that she met during her travels across the world. Those who knew and loved Ana would universally concede that she continually passed along her academic, creative, technological, personal, and spiritual knowledge freely and compassionately to anyone in need. Ana connected people, ideas, and cultures across time, space, and differences. Her activism through several non-profit groups advocated for those who lacked access to fuller lives because of injustices concerning class, race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, literacy, nationality, and education. Social justice and human rights motivated Ana at local and global levels, and her work with technology reflected this commitment. She taught so many others to do the hard work of building coalitions and encouraged others to do the same. As a daughter of the African Diaspora and an immigrant from Panama, Ana knew that home could be found anywhere - if one had the right food, music, language, and a pinch of love. She loved her bakes, rice and gongo peas, fried plantains, and Ginger Beer. No matter where she lived, she made sanctuary for others who longed for a sense of family that was absent near and far away. Ana's art reflected her big spirit and was expressed with vibrant colors and artistic touches throughout her home and everything she touched. Her writing and art work were nurtured early on by her mother's love for languages, her father's photography and his busy workbench, her brothers' joy in childhood play, and her grandmother's unconditional love. She loved to share "Art Day" creating mosaics, polymer clay, and acrylics with her daughter, granddaughter, and welcomed friends. She loved to share good food with her son's gourmet cooking and delighted in her grandson's bright eyes and smile. She loved music, whether she was dancing with her partner or taking drum lessons with her daughter and granddaughter. Ana was not genetically born with a large family but all of her compassion and unconditional love created an equally important foundation of support from a plethora of friends whom she truly considered family as she quilted her life locally as well as abroad. Ana may have "passed away", but what's exceedingly important is to remember and cherish all that she has "passed" along her way. Ana Sisnett is survived by her mother, Lucille A. Sisnett; her brothers, Clarence A. "Tito" Sisnett, Jr. (Frances Sisnett) and Victor "Chip" Sisnett; her daughter, Meredith Sisnett; her son, Ghamal Webb (Tanna Webb); two neices and two nephews, her grandchildren, Ashley Mia Moore and Kamil Webb; and her partner, Priscilla Hale. Ana's "Celebration of Life" celebration will be held 1:00 p.m., January 24, 2009, at the following: Trinity United Methodist Church, 600 East 50th Street, Austin, Texas 78751, Phone: 512-459-5835.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 20, 2009
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