Pauline Morrison May joined her husband in heaven on Wednesday April 23, 2014. Visitation will be at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on Highland Colony Parkway from 10 am to 11:30, Saturday, May 3. Graveside services will be for her family at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery.
Polly, as she was known to her friends and family, was born in Heidelberg, MS on September 4, 1918 to Mabel Newman Morrison and Paul Morrison. She was preceded in death in 1999 by her loving husband, Andrew Eugene (Gene) May and her three younger siblings, James Morrison, Virginia Arledge, and Marion Sessums.
Though she aspired to be a doctor, having the three younger siblings to educate prohibited that dream.
She graduated from MSCW in three years with honors and went to work as a medical technician. In 1938 she married Gene and two years later they had their first daughter, Carolyn Olivia (Lynn). While Gene was in the navy they lived in Laurel, and after the war the family moved to Louisville, Ky. Their second daughter, Tricia was born there in 1947 and then before she was a year old moved to Jackson, MS where Gene opened May & Jackson. When Tricia was in second grade Polly went back to school and became a second grade teacher two years later, teaching for 15 years at McWillie Elementary. During this time T.C. Knapp helped run the house and remained a dear family friend all her life until her death several years ago.
In the remaining 15 years after Gene's death she continued to enjoy her family: daughter, Lynn Turner
(Andy) of Laguna Beach CA; daughter, Tricia Bradford of Jackson; grandsons Rob Bradford (Fiance, Jennifer) of Houston, TX; Todd Bradford (Chase) of Biloxi; Wyatt Hester (Kathleen) of Parker, CO; and Drew Hester of Burbank CA. Her great grandsons also brought much pleasure: Shane and Colin Hester of Parker, and Knox Bradford.
Polly and Gene were long time members, over 50 years, at First Baptist Church in Jackson, and were active in many areas at the church. Polly was also active in her community and was a member of these clubs: Knife and Fork, Garden Club in the Belhaven area, Opti-Mrs, Mecca Bridge Club, Le Mercredi Club and Continental Bridge Club. She only recently in the last four years stopped playing bridge. She loved her service both for the Lord and for her community.
Her family wishes to thank the caregivers at The Blake and more recently at Lakeland Nursing and Rehab Center. Her daughters would like to express special thanks to Albertine Smith, her caregiver for the last few years.
In lieu of flowers her family requests donations to the Diabetes Foundation of MS, 800 Avery Blvd N.
Ste. 100, Ridgeland, 39157; First Baptist Church of Jackson, to the children's ministries, P.O. Box 250 Jackson, 39205; MARL, or to a hospice of your choice.