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Anna Tutt Sneed, Rancher

Obituary for Anna Tutt Sneed, Rancher

March 22, 1925 - December 8, 2017
Johnson City, Texas | Age 92


Anna Tutt Sneed was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1925, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Tutt. Anna's father was there to establish cotton trade between the U.S. and Argentina.

Anna was raised in Dallas, Texas, the eldest of four girls. She graduated from Highland Park High School and studied journalism at the University of Texas. She, her three sisters, and numerous cousins were members of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Anna was chosen a Bluebonnet Belle of the university.

At U.T. she met Robert Carter Sneed, a young Army Air Force officer who had returned to law school after WWII. They were married in 1946. After living on a farm outside Austin, they moved to West Lake Hills where they raised their four children. Anna had always loved the country and enjoyed the untamed beauty of West Lake in its early years.

Her children remember her as a spirited, generous mother, gracious hostess to their friends, enthusiastic supporter of their schools and interests, and devoted wife to her husband, Austin lawyer Robert Sneed. A woman of great faith and patriotism, she was a member of First United Methodist Church of Austin and of various civic organizations. She supported her family, her community, and her church with unstinting zeal and commitment.

In 1972 the Sneeds acquired a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, which became a principal passion and pursuit for Anna. It was the manifestation of her love for the land. Over the decades she became a skilled rancher as she and Robert cultivated the place into a working ranch where they bred Simmental cattle and hosted many gatherings of friends and family. They joined the First United Methodist Church in Johnson City and were part of the fabric of their Hill Country community of friends and fellow ranchers.

After her husband passed away in 2008, Anna spent more time at Westminster Manor in Austin among lifelong friends. However, she continued to delight in her beloved ranch and to oversee its progress. Anna often told people that she wished she could have been a pioneer, helping to conquer the frontier. With her full, vibrant, hard-working life in West Lake Hills and on her ranch, she was a pioneer—of the heart, the spirit, and the land of Texas.

Survivors include her sisters, Julie Beecherl of Dallas, Ernie Carpenter of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Helen Hampton of Horseshoe Bay; and her children Jerry and wife Gaylynn Sneed, Kaysie and husband Bruce Andrews, and Helen Sneed, all of Austin, and John and wife Vickie Sneed of Round Rock. She is also survived by her grandchildren Scott Sneed and wife Kristi, Katherine and Sam Andrews, Angel Polansky, Kristin Polansky and wife Amy Levescy; and her great grandchildren Tyler Hernandez, Addison Levescy, and Karli Sneed. Anna will be remembered with deepest love by her family and a host of friends.

Pallbearers are Scott Sneed, Sam Andrews, Katherine Andrews, Angel Polansky, Kristin Polansky, and Tyler Hernandez.

The funeral service for Anna Tutt Sneed will be held on Friday, December 15, at 11 am at First United Methodist Church of Austin, 1201 Lavaca at 12th Street. A reception will follow at the church. Parking will be available at TTLA Garage, 301 West 13th Street. A family burial will take place on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Austin, 1201 Lavaca Street, Austin, Texas 78701.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Westminster Manor and Hospice Austin for their exceptional care of Anna.

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