Shirley Ann Anslinger, age 92 died on May 22nd. Scotty, as her friends and family knew her, will be remembered for her enthusiasm for life and the fun she had socializing with her friends and family. She was born to Ethel Zylpha Black and Glenn William Black on January 15, 1931 in Washburn, Illinois, but grew up in Kankakee, Illinois. Scotty attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, where she joined Delta Delta Delta sorority before embarking on her big adventure as a flight attendant with American Airlines, which brought her to Dallas, Texas.
Scotty met her husband of 49 years, Urban Henry Anslinger, in Dallas where they shared mutual friends. Being best friends, they spent a lifetime of devotion to each other, enjoying traveling, cooking, reading, gardening, friends, dogs, and family. Scotty never lost her love of travel, and she traveled all over the world with her husband, Urban, and with her children as well.
In 1955, Scotty and Urban moved to Corpus Christi where she was blessed with many dear friends with whom she could lean on and celebrate. Scotty was a devoted Catholic who was a member of St. Pius X Church and later St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, where she was active in the Daughter’s Organization. Scotty was also involved in a number of other organizations including American Airlines Kiwi Sorority for retired flight attendants, Art Jamboree of South Texas, Palmer Drug Abuse Board of Directors, and the Spohn Hospital volunteers. Upon Urban’s passing in 2003, Scotty moved to Houston where she became an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church as well as a volunteer at Memorial City Hospital.
Scotty’s real passion was her family, and she made every holiday and birthday special. For that matter, she made every day special. When you have a one in a million mom, you never make it through a single day without a pause and a nod to her legacy…..the real hope never ends…of wishing to hear her kind voice once more, feeling her easy laugh, seeing her fabulous smile and just simply to have her take away your hurts and concerns. She was always a good listener and had time to hear what was going on with her family and friends’ lives. At home, the house was always filled with lots of love, laughter, and fun.
The family cannot begin to express how much we will miss her, but we also know she led a full and adventurous life, and we will celebrate her legacy in all that we do. We also take comfort in knowing that she is at last reunited with her husband and family who passed before her.
Scotty is survived by her son, Michael Anslinger, of Mathis, Texas; daughter, Susan Anslinger, of Houston, Texas; and son, Buddy Anslinger and his wife, Kim, and two grandchildren, Ava and Will Anslinger of Dallas, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Urban; her parents, Ethel and Glenn Black, and brother, Bruce Black, and his wife, Mary.
A Rosary will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31st at Sawyer George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard St. in the chapel. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 1st, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 3350 S. Alameda. Interment service will be held immediately following at Seaside Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, 615 Oliver Ct., Corpus Christi, Texas 78408 or American Cancer Society, 210 S. Carancahua Street, #301, Corpus Christi, TX 78401.