Mary Eloise May
Mary Eloise May
  • September 2, 1924 - December 28, 2016
  • Edmond, Oklahoma

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Mary Eloise (Ellie) May died on Dec. 28, 2016 at Eden Care Homes in north OKC after battling dementia with grace and courage for about two years.
Ellie was born to Mary Clay (Chilcoat) Clonch and James Morgan Clonch on Sept. 2, 1924 in McGregor, TX . She was predeceased by her brother, Jim (nicknamed Sonny) of Georgia, her baby sister, Jenny Ruth, her sisters-in-law, Carol Clonch of Euless, TX and Lou Wilson of Walters, OK. Ellie lost her oldest son, James Milton (Jimmy) May, to lung cancer on May 28, 2011. She is survived by her son, John Harris May and his wife, Leslie, of OKC, and their two sons; her brother, Bob and his children, who live in Euless, TX. She has two granddaughters whom she called her precious angels: Aryn Call and her husband, Brian from Sanford, NC and Mary Kyle Stotts and her husband, Chris from East Alton, IL. Their children, her great-grandchildren, were her pride and joy: Kendall, Braden, Gracie and Brian James. Her cousins, nieces and nephews located throughout Oklahoma and Texas loved her for her sweet disposition and kind ways as did her two "adopted sons", Dennis Langford and Eddie Jones who were Jimmy May's best friends.
Ellie married Milton Eugene (Gene) May on March 1, 1944 in Waco, TX where she grew up. They met at Tarleton College, Stephenville, TX where Gene was sent along with 500 other cadets for training in the AST Program during WWII. These cadets were later dumped into the Infantry and sent to Europe where Gene was captured by Germans in the Battle of the Bulge on Dec. 18, 1944. For four months, Gene was a P.O.W. and Ellie and their families did not know his whereabouts or if they would ever see him again. He was freed on April 15, 1945 just before the end of the war.
Ellie and Gene returned to the Univ. of Okla. in Jan, 1946 to continue their education thanks to the GI Bill. Gene became a petroleum geologist and his work required them to live in Houston, Tyler, TX, Tulsa and finally OKC. Gene died of a brain tumor Sept. 7, 1967 after a 3-year battle. He was the love of Ellie's life, and she was his constant caregiver during his illness.
After Gene died, Ellie went back to work as a teacher in the OKC Public Schools at Mark Twain Elementary and for 25 years at Western Village Elementary. She later volunteered at the Cowboy Hall of Fame as a docent during her retirement, and she volunteered at Hospice of Okla. County and was a mentor at Western Village Elementary School.
Her family joined Lakeside United Methodist Church in 1959 when they moved to OKC. She served on many church committees, boards, choir, taught Sunday School, bible school and began a group called Women of Faith.
Travel has been her great love and she counted 44 countries which she has visited. She enjoyed theatre and art galleries throughout her life.
She wrote: "What a wonderful life I have lived.Loved by a nurturing family.loved by a fine Christian man.loved by a Church whose caring was action.and, loved by my God and my Savior, Jesus Christ. This is my prayer for all - accept Jesus's love for you."
The family cannot put into words their appreciation for the loving care given to Ellie in the last two years of her life by the staff of Eden Care Homes: Shannon, Teresa, Renee, Paula, Vicki, Tiarra, Taylor, Kristle and Cherri. They are the true angels of mercy along with Humanity Hospice and Tiffeni, their RN.
A Memorial Service will be held at Lakeside United Methodist Church, OKC at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Prior to the memorial service, there will be a private interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sat-Mon, Dec. 31-Jan 2 at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, OKC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lakeside United Methodist Church, 2925 NW 66th Street, OKC, OK 73116 or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City, OK.