Alana Kay Rua-Schubert, 58 passed away on January 26, 2013 surrounded by her family, at her home in Ballwin, Missouri after a long battle with breast cancer.
Alana Kay Rua-Schubert, 58 passed away on January 26, 2013 surrounded by her family, at her home in Ballwin, Missouri after a long battle with breast cancer. She was born in Pittsburg, Kansas to August and Helen Clutter Rua on July 30, 1954. She attended College High School until it closed in 1971 and graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1972. She graduated from Pittsburg State University where she was a Cheerleader, Homecoming Queen, and a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. Alana taught Health Sciences and Physical Education in the Wyandotte County, KS school system for three years before becoming a Flight Attendant for Frontier Airlines in Denver, Colorado. Alana continued to fly with Continental Airlines after their merger with Frontier, moving to St. Louis, Missouri at that time. She began flying international flights in 2010, mostly to China and some European flights. Alana loved her job and continued to fly with United Airlines after their merger with Continental, until October of 2012 when she retired due to ill health.
Alana was preceded in death by her father, August Rua and nephew Tyler Rhuems.
Survivors include her two daughters Britani and Alexis Schubert of Ballwin, MO, her mother, Helen Rua, brother, David Rua (Nena), and sister, Brenda Rua Chappell (Paul), all of Pittsburg, KS. Also surviving are nieces Andrea Chappell Bennett (Rusty) of Pittsburg, Kimberly Rua and Stephanie Riley of Aurora, CO, Emily Rhuems Crain (Justin) of Pittsburg, and nephews Kevin Rua (Kristin) of Arlington, TX and Dr. Eric Chappell (Sabrinah) of Santa Fe, NM, and numerous cousins.
Alana never met a stranger. Her infectious smile and vibrant spirit touched all who knew her. She will be deeply missed by her close knit family, wide circle of friends in her Ballwin, MO neighborhood, her Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters, high school and college classmates, and her numerous friends and colleagues at Frontier, Continental and United Airlines.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. February 9, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, 415 N. Pine, Pittsburg, KS.
Cremains will be interned at the Timmons Chapel Columbarium on the Pittsburg State University Campus. The family suggests memorials be given to the Pittsburg State University Foundation, The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation, or Angels Among Us, to assist cancer patients and their families. Memorial donations may be sent in care of the Schrader Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011-4623. Condolences may be left on-line at www.schrader.com.