May 27, 1948 ~ September 12, 2020
On Saturday afternoon of September 12, 2020, God selected one of his beautiful flowers to put on display. He said, I need a flower that can stand the storm and rain, a flower that is not afraid to call my name. I need a flower that is not seeking riches or fame, but a flower that will honor me and not be ashamed.
As God walked through the garden and inspected his flowers, he said, I need a flower full of energy, vigor and grace, with undaunted courage to face life's challenges and keep pace among teacher, psychometrists, realtors and others in her space. With this formula, God reached out to Anita Dansby Russell, and offered her his embrace. So Anita left behind her family and friends and became a part of the heavenly garden and claimed her space.
Anita Dansby Russell was born on May 27, 1948 in San Antonio, Texas as the second oldest child of Thomas J. Dansby, Sr and Villa Glasco Dansby. She was the oldest girl and accepted the challenge of leading the way for her other siblings. While her older brother Thomas, played the trumpet, Anita wanted to exhibit her musical skills and chose to play the clarinet. She played in the Douglas Junior High School Band and the Brackenridge High School Band.
Anita graduated from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Education, it was here that she was initiated into the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Then she earned a Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Prairie View A & M University. She went on to work as a Business Education Instructor at St. Phillip's College.
Anita taught in the San Antonio Independent School District then became an educational diagnostician where she administered assessments to students. She became a licensed real estate salesperson in 1975 and later became a mortgage broker in 1994. After retiring from the school district, she became the founder and President to Atlantic American Financial and Investment and Atlantic Financial Institute. Anita was a member of the National Mortgage Bankers Association, the San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Professional Mortgage Women and the San Antonio Board of Realtors.
Anita was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas J. and Villa G. Dansby and her brother, Dr. Thomas Dansby. She is survived by her siblings and their spouses; Dr. Jacqueline O. Dansby, Dr. Gloria Dansby-Giles (Dr. Frank) and Lowell C. Dansby (Linda) along with nieces, nephews and other family members.
I See You- Anita
(Tribute Written by Dr. Gloria Dansby-Giles in Honor of Anita Dansby-Russell)
I SEE you full of life, energy, vigor and grace
With undaunted courage to face
Life challenges and keep your pace
Among teachers, realtors and others in your space.
I SEE you as you talk and drive fast,
I SEE you as you hold beliefs and ideas steadfast.
I SEE you as your words outlast
The most talkative person in a newscast.
I SEE you in bad times when you find humor to make us smile
I guess it’s a part of your style.
You sit and rest for only a little while,
Then moving, talking and looking for what is worthwhile
And energetic within your lifestyle.
I SEE you as you teach,
And help students so they can reach,
Goals, skills as they seek,
To uncover talents within their reach.
I SEE you with houses to sell,
Sharing stories about each one as you tell
Its features and values on the guardrail.
I SEE you in everyone I meet,
And think of how you loved to greet,
And make friends and offer them a seat,
And encourage them to stay upbeat.
I SEE you.
I REMEMBER you Anita.
From your sister,
Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle
My Condolences to the family..Sad for the loss of a truly Special Lady..You Truly Shall Be Missed…Amen.
Nettie, I will miss you and the all the times we spent together talking and laughing. You are at complete rest now in God’s loving arms and have received your final healing. Rest in eternal peace my friend.
Jackie and family, may you know that my condolences and prayers are with you all. We were all children together walking to and from Cuney Elementary School along the same path. I continued to have fond memories of the Dansby clan and am saddened and share in your loss. May the Peace of the Lord sustain you all. Eva Mitchell Mason, M.D
Our condolences to the Dansby family, may God comfort and provide you the strength you all need through this difficult time. Our family was saddened to hear of the passing of Anita. I will remember our calls when we would play catch-up of our lives, remembering the losses we shared with our moms, the memories growing up back in the day and just Life. We will miss her 🙏🏽❤️……The Clay & Jenkins Families
My prayers are with Anita’s family. May her soul Rest In Peace with our Lord & Savior. Sincerely Sharon Michael Owens
Our warmest condolences, Dr. and Mrs. Johnny E Brown
Memories are the diary we all carry with us. My heart goes out to family and friends in the loss of Anita Russell. She was a kind hearted, professional lady of style, grace, and many talents. I fondly remember working with her back in the day @ SAISD – Johnson Center. Her dedication and friendship, during happier & healthier times are deeply appreciated though dearly missed. May the comfort and hope that only God can give heal your heart when loved ones will never part. Sharing in your sorrow. 2 Cor. 1:3,4; Acts 24:15
It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of Anita. We knew her as a graduate student in the seventies when we commuted from San Antonio to Prairie View A & M University on Saturdays and knew of her business adventures with Atlantic American Financial & Investment, INC. She was a smart and energetic business Woman. We want to express our deepest sympathy to the family during this time of sadness and may you find comfort in the warmth shared by your friends and loved ones. May the Lord’s hands of compassion and love and His guiding light from above shine down upon you and give you strength during this time of sorrow. May you find comfort in knowing that friends share in your loss. Edd, Hattie White & Family
My condolences to the Dansby family. A wonderful neighbor and friend to my kids and I. Wherever there are happy memories there will always be love . May the love of God bring comfort and peace .
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Anita will remain in our hearts
Dear Jackie and the Dansby family We are truly sad to hear of your loss yet can rejoice in knowing that God has chosen such a delicate beautiful flower to showcase in His Heavenly garden. May you find strength in Him as you forge forward in the days ahead and find joy in celebrating the many blessed memories you shared with Anita. Sending our heart felt sympathy and love, Dr. Richard and Brenda Anderson🌹
Anita was a bright and kind person. I first met her as a college student at Southwest Texas State University, among the few of those of us of color who at that time attended the school. We became friends and shared the same determination to be successful in life and to always reach out to help others. She will be dearly missed. Condolences to the family.