Heaven must’ve needed more Grace and indeed received it when Grace Lillian Ward Sansom crossed over Jordan into her Promised Land. She died after a brief illness in Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Austin on October 9, 2017. Grace was born on January 21, 1932, to Lula May and Joseph Nathan Ward in Yancey, Texas, the last of five children. She was married for 60 years to Ira Toler Sansom, and they had four children. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers Robert, Floyd and Walter Ward; sister Florine Faseler; and son Billy. She is survived by her children, Ira Jr. (Judy), Lucy (Ed Mayberry), and Joe (Debi); grandchildren Tres and Phillip Sansom and Natalie Sansom-Sidoti, Christopher Newsom, Clint and Jake Sansom and Amber Lozano; and 14 great-grandchildren (as Ira T was fond of saying, “Look how many pieces we broke into!”), many nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and fellow church members.
Grace’s secretarial career bookended bearing and raising their children. She was a loving and devoted wife and an enthusiastic supporter of all the kids’ sports, recitals and other school events and was so proud of her family in general. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, attending morning and evening services and midweek prayer meetings. If the doors were open, Grace was in her pew. She was famous for her homemade pecan pies, providing a steady supply for any church covered-dish gathering.
A celebration of her life will be held at First Baptist Church Thursday, October 12, at 1:00 with burial immediately following in Yancey Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons Phillip, Clint and Jake Sansom and Chris Newsom and grandsons-in-law Joe Sidoti and Philip Lozano. Firstborn grandson Tres Sansom will take part in the order of service. Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church, 200 N. High St., Uvalde, TX 78801.
With heartfelt sympathy and prayers.
Mr & Mrs. Wayne N Carmichael
Wayne N CarmichaelFt. Collins, CO
So sorry to hear of Grace's passing. She was such a kind, loving woman with a strong faith in her Lord. It was my privilege to attend church for many years with she and Ira where I got to know them as people, not just as parents of classmates. They were such a blessing to me! She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God bless and strengthen you during this difficult time.
Cyndi Hicks AldersonUvalde, TX
My condolences to the family on their great loss.
Martina ArreolaSan Antonio, TX
I have many fond memories of Aunt Grace. If there ever was a woman who lived up to that beautiful name, it was her. Her big smile, warm hugs, and that great laugh...they always made me feel special. I so looked forward to seeing her during holiday gatherings at the house on the hill in Yancey, or when A Grace and U Ira would visit Pa and Granny in Hondo. My sincere sympathies to Ira Jr., Lucy and Joe. I will see you all tomorrow.
Valerie Cameron KlaernerKerrville, TX
I am named after Grace. Even before I was born she was in my life helping Mama adjust to being in Texas and the United States. I have loved her ALL my life and will miss her dearly. To Little Ira, Lucy and Joey, my heart aches for all of you but I know she is with Ira T., Billy and Aunt Lula in Heaven now. I will do my best to honor her wonderful loving soul. May God comfort you at this time.
Grace DavisSan Marcos, TX