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Former Miss Tennessee and accomplished lawyer McAnally dies at 79

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Patricia Eaves McAnally

Patricia Eaves McAnally

Patricia Eaves McAnally, 79, of Middle Tennessee, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 28, 2019. 

Mrs. McAnally was born to the late William Audrey Eaves and Margaret Kathleen Riggs on Dec. 24, 1939. She grew up in Cookeville, Tennessee, and graduated from Putnam County Central High School in 1957 with a laundry list of extracurricular activities. 

In 1958, she earned the title of Miss Tennessee. Then, in 1962, she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

For a year after graduation, she clerked in the United States Senate in Washington D.C. for the late Tennessee state Senator Estes Kefauver. She left D.C. in 1963 to attend law school but returned in 1965 to attend the week-long Inauguration events for President Lyndon B. Johnson as the national chairwoman of the Young Democrats of America. 

She graduated in 1966 with a doctorate of jurisprudence from The University of Tennessee College of Law. Then, for over seven years, she was an attorney for the Tennessee Department of Welfare.

For 17 years, she was the in-house legal council for American International Dairies, Inc. until the death of her husband, the late Raymond Houston McAnally Jr., in 2000. 

By 2007, at the age of 67, she had retired her law license and through a full scholarship earned a master's of divinity from Sewanee: The University of the South School of Theology. 

She worked for several years as a university staff employee in the Theatre Sewanee costume shop and proudly performed a role in the "Laramie Project."  She loved her Boston terriers, Lil' Mac and Belle, and showed them with the help of friends. She also served on committees advocating for the health and adoption of the breed.

Her impressive list of accomplishments was a direct result of a passion and drive for everything she put her mind to, which also translated lovingly to her role as a wife and mother. She gave countless work hours to her husband's vision for an agricultural business that would help family dairy farmers compete. 

Her children inherited that laundry list of extracurricular interests too. From scouts to church to taking martial arts with her kids and more, she never failed to give her spare time to her children and their friends who grew up calling her "Mama Mack."

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia McAnally Chambers, and son-in-law, James Shannon Chambers; son, Raymond William McAnally, and daughter-in-law, Whitney Jordan McAnally; and grandsons, Coyte Wayne Bess, Morgan McAnally Chambers and Andrew Seth Chambers.

Her wishes were to be cremated, and private arrangements have been made for a celebration of life service. 

In lieu of flowers, consider donating to one of the following in her name: Thistle Farms, Alive Hospice of Nashville or St. Lukes Community House of Nashville.