Louise May, 98, passed away May 31, 2022, in Baytown, Texas.
Louise was born on December 14, 1923, to Esther Smith Word and James Derrick Word near Aberdeen, MS. She grew up on the family farm with her parents and brother, James Word, Jr. She was the valedictorian of her high school class and graduated from Mississippi State College for Women. After graduation she was recruited to work in the Humble Oil Refinery near present-day Baytown, TX. It was there she met the love of her life, EC May. They were married on January 24, 2008, the same day that the Tri-Cities united into the new town of Baytown. Although most of her hours were spent as a mother and homemaker, she went on to become a substitute teacher in the 1960s and 1970s. She was active in the Baytown Home Economic Association and served as a judge at the local fair for sewing and food-related entries. A founding member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school for many years and was active in the United Methodist Women. In their later years, she and EC joined St. John’s Methodist Church. After the passing of her beloved husband, Louise resided at St. James House until she moved to the Waterford of Baytown.
Louise is survived by her children, Camilla Moga, Charles May, and Linda Chase; three grandsons, Alex Moga, Steve Moga, and Jeffrey Thompson; and five great-grandchildren, Vianeth and Victoria Moga, Nicholas and Penelope Moga, and Lochlan Thompson.
The family wishes to express its gratitude for the loving care and support provided by St. James House, the Waterford at Baytown, Faith Community Services Hospice, and special friends, Sue Wainwright and Andrea Zaite.
Graveside services will be at 10am, June 6, 2022, at the San Jacinto Cemetery, 14659 East Freeway, in Houston TX. Rev. Ernest Bryson will officiate.
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