GLEN ROSE – Geneva Jane Corley "Pete" May, 84 passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, peacefully at home.
A service celebrating her life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Wiley Funeral Home in Glen Rose. Burial will follow at Squaw Creek Cemetery. Rev. Don Lilljedahl will officiate. Pete's grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Eddie Flanary, Dan McCarty, David Morris, Charles Richardson, Paul Sarradet, Alan West and Lloyd Wirt.
The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. today, April 5, at Wiley Funeral Home.
Geneva Jane Corley was born Aug. 13, 1928 at Wilson, Lynn County, Texas to Oscar Artemis and Irene Bell Corley. She married Alton "Whimp" May on Nov. 19, 1947.
Pete, a member of the Primitive Baptist Church, was a champion for Glen Rose and Somervell County. She called the area “God’s Country”. She felt truly blessed and extremely thankful to all who made it possible for her and husband, Whimp, to own and operate Oakdale Park. She loved “Oakdale” and made it her life’s work and joy for 47 years.
Pete was an energetic, creative and a strong-willed woman. She loved with all her heart those she cared for most. She loved her family, primary and extended; her many, many friends; and her customers, many becoming personal and close friends. Most of all, she loved the hundreds of local “kids” she employed, mentored and/or taught.
She was a visionary, promoting tourism in Glen Rose when tourism was first developing as an industry in Texas. She was also instrumental in securing a generous donation from the Sinclair Oil Company, to the state of Texas. Their gift of two life-sized dinosaur replicas is permanently displayed at Dinosaur Valley State Park.
Pete served on the board and as president of her children’s elementary school PTA, producing stellar school carnivals and talent shows for the smallest elementary school in Fort Worth ISD. She also served as a Girl Scout leader and community liaison at Christmas for families in need.
In Glen Rose, she was actively involved with the Somervell County Red Cross, promoting water safety and swimming lessons as a lifesaving skill.
Pete was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Whimp May; parents, O.A. and Irene Corley; loving step-mother, Jeanette Allard Corley; and two brothers and six sisters.
Survivors include daughter, Cynthia May and Larry Cowan; son, Scott May and wife, Judy; son, Cliff May and wife, Barbara; daughter, Connie Allison and Kevin Slaven; brother-in-law, George A. and wife Daisy; sister-in-law, June Wood May; grandchildren, Ryan Pruitt and wife, Michelle; Corley Rinaldi and husband, Matt; Conley Alton Pruitt and wife, Mandy; Kevin May and wife, Cathy; Kelli Sanchez and husband, Thomas; Kyle May and wife, Megan; Kirk May and wife, Amy; Greg May and wife, Libby; Alissa Ford and husband, Ben; Ali Williams and husband, Trevor; Josh May; Shelton Allison; and Brandon Allison; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Jordan Pruitt; Cam Pruitt; Kole Wade and Caroline May; Kaden May; Grace and Braden May, Addie Matthews and MaryAlice May; Avery Ford; many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly and many cherished friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Somervell County Cancer Support Group, P.O .Box 152, Glen Rose, TX 76043; Somervell County Volunteer Fire Department, P.O .Box 279, Glen Rose, TX 76043; or Squaw Creek Cemetery Association, PO Box 305, Rainbow, TX 76077.