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Obituary for Susan Cross Stasny

December 5, 1946 - May 27, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 71

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Susan Cross Stasny entered into the nearer Presence of God in the early morning hours of May 27th, 2018 with her family at her side. She fought a short, but very courageous battle with Cancer.

Susan was born to her parents, Vernon & Billie Stark Cross on December 5th, 1946 in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Memorial High School and later, the University of Houston. While attending U of H she was a proud Cougar Cheerleader, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and had the great honor of being named Miss Houstonian in 1966.

Also, while in college she met the love of her life, Ronald P. Stasny. The two formed an extraordinary life partnership that lasted more than 50 years. As a young married woman, Susan taught school in Spring Branch, Texas while Ron finished law school.

Ron's legal career took them to Beeville, Texas where in addition to devoting herself to her husband and raising her children, one of whom is special needs, Susan got involved with politics. She was very active in the campaign to elect Bill Clements as Governor which lead her to run for office herself. Susan was the first Republican woman elected a County Commissioner in South Texas. While serving on the Bee County Commissioners Court for 20 years, her accomplishments were many. Susan was instrumental in several major water and drainage infrastructure issues for the small communities in Bee County, i.e. water wells in Pettus and flood drainage in downtown Beeville. She was instrumental in the restoration of the Bee County Courthouse, through the Texas Historical Commission and she was the driving force behind the Beeville's designation as a State, then National, Main Street City which paved the way for millions of dollars that were infused into the community for tourism and business development and some major infrastructure improvements. Susan was prominent in the work to build the ancillary Courthouse for the County. Susan's work on behalf of Bee County during her tenure in office changed the course of history for that community. So much so that when President George H. W. Bush came through Beeville on the way to his annual Quail hunt, he always took the time to personally visit with Susan about South Texas matters.

In addition to her work as a Bee County Commissioner, Susan was also involved in volunteer work. She worked with Ross Perot in expanding the War on Drugs program in South Texas and was a leader in growing the Any Body Can effort for children with special needs.

Susan's generous heart led her to be a dedicated biannual hair donor to Wigs for Kids. She would be honored to know that her family has arranged for one final donation at her passing.

Susan was an extensive traveler going to Australia several times and to England, France, Italy… She got to meet Pope John Paul in Israel!

Susan fought hard for what she believed was right with grace, dignity and respect. She was smart, kind, truly generous and a talented artist. Susan loved deeply as is evidenced by the immeasurable love her family and friends returned to her.

Susan is survived by her one true love, Ron. Their children, Joseph, his wife Robbin, and Jenna, are the jewels in her crown and their grandchildren Hannah, Joseph, his wife Maria, and Jacob are the delights of her life. Susan's brother Vernon Cross, his wife Cherie, were very special to her. Susan is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Raymond.

The family is truly grateful to, and for, Dr. McCann, Dr. Hall and Dr. Tarasiewicz. A private Celebration of Life will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Melanoma Research Foundation

Services Will Be Private


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