Cora Sue Sansom
August 28, 1953 – October 4, 2019
It is with deep sadness that the family of Cora “Sue” Sansom shares the news of her passing from a stroke at 3:30 in the morning on the 4th of October at St. David’s Hospital in Austin, Texas.
Sue was a lifelong learner and pursed a wide variety of passions. She graduated from Bay City High School in 1971 and then earned her first of two bachelor’s degrees from what is now Texas A & M University at Corpus Christi with a major in Speech Communications and Spanish. She later earned her Teaching Certificate at the University of Texas, San Antonio, after which she held a variety of teaching positions.
Sue was an enthusiastic crafter, and she was a particularly accomplished fiber artist. Sue was a member of the Fredericksburg hand-working guild for over 20 years and won numerous awards for her superior spinning and weaving work. Sue also enjoyed sharing her extensive knowledge of pioneer herbal remedies and handcrafts through hands-on demonstrations at the Merriman Cabin in San Marcos. Another of Sue’s lifelong passions was the genealogy research she completed with her mother and sister. Sue was a master at pursuing and researching clues and spent countless hours interviewing people and traveling to courthouses and libraries across the state of Texas to look through historical records.
Yet, the most important of Sue’s many passions was family. There are no words for the depth of the love she had for her family. Sue was predeceased by her father, James Bailey Morris, mother, Louise LaSalle Morris, sister, Frances Marie Morris and brother, Tine Bailey Morris. Sue is survived by her son, Ben Powell, of Reserve, LA; daughters, Audrey Sansom of Buda, Elinor Rosales of Austin, and Emily Sansom of Luling; brothers, Mike Senna of Chillicothe and Charles Morris of Abilene; sister Cheryl Hensley of Jonesborough, TN; 3 grandchildren and one on the way: and numerous aunts, cousins, and close friends.
Finally, Sue was renowned for going above and beyond to lend a helping hand to family and friends. If a person mentioned a need for something, Sue would do her best to grant that wish. In addition to her volunteer work at the Cabin, Sue also volunteered at the Samaritan House in Vernon and taught dozens of non-literate adults how to read and write in English and Spanish through El Buen Samaritano, Austin.
The family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 9:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown. Funeral services will follow at 10:00 A.M. in the chapel of Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home. Interment will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Georgetown.
In lieu of flowers, the family has created a go fund me to help offset the cost of Sue’s funeral and memorial headstone. Heartfelt thanks in advance for any help with this sensitive matter. gofundme.com/1pfqd9c0ao
- Sue's Go Fund Me
- Visitation Sunday, October 13, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, October 13, 2019
- Graveside Service Sunday, October 13, 2019
Cora Sue Sansom
October 13, 2019
My Dear Sister Sue,
Where do I begin to express what you meant to me and the positive impact you have had on the woman I have become? So many times over the last week, I have wanted to call you and tell you about the latest development in our family tree research. I want to tell you how much I appreciate the many times you came to see me at choir concerts and school events when mom had to work, and helped me do my hair for school photos. I especially appreciate the way you took me and our siblings to the library and instilled a deep love of reading to all of us. Most of all, I thank you for being such a beautiful, smart role model and creating a warm, happy place to call home. Until we meet again. May Love, hugs, and happy songs surround you. Cheryl
October 9, 2019
Cora Sue, I'll miss you so much. We had such great times in our textile lives.
October 8, 2019
Sending love and sympathy to Sue's family. Sue and I were close friends in high school - she and I and two other girls ran around together and had all kinds of fun. Sue was the prettiest of all of us, with her glorious auburn hair, but totally lacking in vanity, preferring to open doors with her intelligence, her many talents, and her charm. She loved appearing in plays and doing poetry readings, and was quite the star of the Bay City High School drama department. She was such a positive and cheerful person even through the most difficult of times, preferring to laugh at life's disappointments instead of complaining. I am very privileged to have known her, and especially to have gotten to spend a day with her last spring, after many years apart. God bless you, beautiful Sue.
October 8, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Sue growing up in Bay City, Tx. She was so smart and i enjoyed watching her in plays at the high school and spending time with our family. Pat Lindsay(Johnson Family)