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Julia Sansing May

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Graveside services for Julia Sansing May will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston, Louisiana. Officiating will be Dr. John Hatch, her dear friend and pastor of 27 years, retired pastor of the Lake Jackson Baptist Church and currently the Executive Director of the Gregg County Baptist Association in Longview, TX.

Julia, a much loved and respected wife, sister, aunt, and friend died on April 17, 2012, after a long and fulfilling life. Julia was born on October 9, 1914, in Glenmora, Louisiana, was raised in Ruston, Louisiana and received her degree from Louisiana Technical College.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Pierce and Cora Olivia Massey Sansing; her husband, William Lavelle May; her sisters, Aline Huthnance, Miriam Scaife and Helen Sessums; her brother, George Lynn Sansing; and her nieces, Lois Huthnance Schmidt and Becky Scaife White. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

In 1943, Julia and Bill May were among the first few couples to move to Lake Jackson, Texas after Bill was hired by the Dow Chemical Corporation. Julia taught second grade for a few years until she pursued her lifelong dream of owning a dress shop. In July of 1945, Julia opened the Lavelle Shop which she ran successfully for over 45 years. She was a charter member of the Lake Jackson Business and Professional Women's Club where she was named "Woman of the Year" in 1955.

In addition to her business leadership, Julia contributed generously to Lake Jackson's civic and religious life. She was a charter member of First Baptist Church where she served for years as a Sunday School teacher. She was the first president of the Home Demonstration Club and a member of the Lake Jackson Garden Club.

She was also a member of the Lake Jackson Historical Society, the Brazosport Genealogical Society, the American Association of University Women and the Eastern Star. Julia was an honorary member of Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The Mayor of Lake Jackson Texas proclaimed September 24, Julia Sansing May day for her many accomplishments and many years of community service to the City of Lake Jackson.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brazosport College for the Bill and Julia May Children's Center, 500 College Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566, or to the charity of one's choice.

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