Pat May died peacefully on July 11, 2009 in Grand Prairie, Texas, at the age of 91. Born Oct. 3, 1917, Pat was the youngest of 9 children of Albert Ephraim Kent and Carrie Cummings Kent of Eldorado, Texas, and granddaughter of Andrew Malone Hill, a captain in the Confederate Army. Pat’s father died during the great flu epidemic of 1917, when she was only a few months old. In order to support the large growing family after his death, her mother campaigned for and was elected Treasurer of Schleicher County in 1923, a position she held for 10 years, at a time when few women, much less the mother of 9, held elected office.
Pat grew up in a lively, loving household with her 8 siblings: Ruth Inez Alsup, Albertine Foster, Tom Kent, Mildred Stanford, Maude Waldrep, Edwin Lee “Buck” Kent, Pauline Means, and Luther Andrew Kent.
Pat graduated from Eldorado High School and attended business school in San Angelo.
After marrying William T. May on Sept. 8, 1946 in Abilene, they lived in Ft. Worth before finally settling in Austin. She worked for 30 years at the State Capitol as secretary of the Veterans Employment Division of the Dept. of Labor, retiring in 1975. She was praised by colleagues for her remarkable leadership and dedication. Following the death of her husband Bill in 1997, after 51 years of a happy marriage, she moved to Grand Prairie in 1998.
Pat was noted for her keen sense of humor, quick wit and intelligence, and generous, loving spirit. Her beauty was not just skin deep, as she gave of herself tirelessly to others, including family, friends, church, and the Austin State School, where she volunteered weekly for many years. She also taught Sunday School and was active at the Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, where she always extended herself to families in need. She will be lovingly remembered but greatly missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.
She is survived by her beloved sister Mildred “Mimmie” Stanford of San Angelo, who will be 102 in September. She is also survived by 20 nieces and nephews who loved her dearly and cherish countless happy memories of their “Aunt Pat”: Wanda Cober of Grand Prairie, Ruth Sulser and Winona Harper of San Antonio, Mary Dee Wendt of Denver, Thala Stalls of Albuquerque, Tina Schacht of Decatur, Al., Carol Kerbel of Santa Fe, Al Stanford of Midland, Truett Kent Stanford of Los Banos, Ca., Jack Stanford of Brownwood, Joe Stanford of Fallbrook, Ca., Jim Kent of Potsdam, Germany, Mary Ann Stewart of Dallas, Tom Kent of Leander, Bill Kent of Midland, Mary Pauline Sullivan of Brownsville, Jann Walther of Cat Spring, Texas, Noble Means of Duncan, Okla., Ray Kent of Tomball, Don Kent of Tyler, and many great nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Tues. July 14 in Grand Prairie, and graveside service will be 11:00 am Thurs. July 16 at Austin Memorial Park in Austin, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kent Waldrep Center for Basic Neuroscience Research, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd Dallas TX 75390.