Elizabeth "Ann" Santi
March 25, 1930 – April 10, 2019
Elizabeth Ann (Bartlett) Santi, 89, passed away on April 10, 2019. She was born on March 25, 1930 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado to parents Clifford and Eleanor Bartlett, who were ranchers in nearby Meeker, Colorado. She was the first in her family born in a hospital. When she was three years old, the family moved to Inglewood, California, where she spent the rest of her childhood years. Upon completing high school, she attended San Diego State University, where she completed a degree in Education and began teaching elementary school in San Diego. In 1954, she married Dante Ralph Santi (b. 1924, d. 2016), a naval aviator stationed at Miramar. They lived in San Diego, her favorite city, until his discharge in 1955 and then moved to Des Moines, Iowa and then Rapid City, South Dakota. During this time, she and Dante had three children: Karen Michele (b. 1956, d. 1989), James Scott (b. 1957), and Paul Michael (b. 1964).
In August 1973, her family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, and then to Houston 16 months later. Part of the motivation for these moves was to find relief from her debilitating allergies and environmental sensitivities, that plagued her through her 40s and 50s and even into her 60s. Her most difficult period was the year from summer 1978 to summer 1979, when she lived in several places around the country, trying to find a climate and environment that was manageable. Her health improved in later years, but she always had to be careful about diet and exposure to allergens.
These experiences, along with growing up in the depression with an alcoholic father, gave her both the fierce tenacity and tender heart that we all knew her for. She was at her best caring for formerly homeless cats and dogs, children in her classes at school who everyone else had given up on, and family who were in times of crisis or who just needed to be encouraged.
Ann is survived by son Jim and wife Dawne (of Houston, Texas), son Paul and wife Michele (of Golden, Colorado), six grandchildren (Antony Guiliano and wife Amanda, Vincent Raffaeli, Dante Francesco, Gianna Gabriella and husband Brandon Testut, Lauren Mae, and Tara Allison), and one great grandson (Simon Marciano).
- Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
- Graveside Service Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Elizabeth "Ann" Santi
April 15, 2019
How you loved your Christmas tree decorated so lovely. Here you are at Christmas 2014 with Chase, Rascal and Suzy. We had a wonderful day together that I'll never forget. Just look at you. . The picture of health and so very beautiful. The classiest lady I ever knew.
Thank you for letting me be part of your life.
April 14, 2019
A remarkable woman is what you were.
Shining like the brightest star.
Always taking the time to show loved ones how much you cared.
Never once turning them away.
Not you, you would'nt dare.
A kind heart and tender words you had for all you loved
I felt you were guided by the angels above.
You've saw me through my darkest hour.
Not once judging me like so many others.
Your kind soul was more beautiful then the prettiest flower.
I watched in amazement all that you did.
Showing such love and dedication for those you love around you.
Never once really complaining about all that was on your plate.
Taking the time to shower those with your love and care.
Always making time to just share.
Ann, a remarkable and beautiful woman inside and out is what you were. .
Shining each day like the brightest star.
I loved you like a big sister and always will.
My friend and remarkable woman that you were.
Your life was a blessing,
Your memory a treasure.
You are loved beyond words
And missed beyond measure
Til we meet again across the rainbow bridge