Marelle Bodin May, 81, of Atascocita, Texas passed away on July 8, 2014, at her home after a short and courageous battle with cancer. She was born on January 24, 1933 in Ashton, St Mary's Parish, Louisiana to parents Dolze Victor Bodin and Beatrice Edmonds Bodin.
Marelle was a graduate of Jeff Davis High School in Houston, Texas where she participated in many activities, including the National Honor Society, Order of Rainbow for Girls, Eastern Star, JROTC, and Student Council. In 1951, she graduated Salutatorian of her Senior Class, and received full Scholarships to Baylor, St Thomas University, Mary Harden Baylor and Southwestern College.
She used this same drive and determination with her career at Humble Oil and Refinery. Starting as a typist, she was promoted numerous times. After working for more than 40 years, she retired from Exxon as a Well Permitting Coordinator and remained a loyal and dedicated retiree.
Marelle was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was passionate about her children, grand-children, and their related activities. She loved travelling, "antiquing", and working in her yard. She loved sports, be it her boys and grandsons or college sports. She was a die-hard UT fan! Marelle also had a passion for books and reading. She volunteered countless hours at the Atascocita Library. Marelle was a staunch Republican and she loved to watch the news. She was quick to share her knowledge of what she had learned to anyone willing to listen, and we all loved her for that. She gave us a lot of laughs.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Dolze Victor Bodin and Beatrice Edmonds Bodin; brother, Dewy Victor Bodin; and son, Kelly Clay May. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Dwayne Edward May and Rebecca; Johnelle May Zarutskie and Paul, Craig B May, John George May, III and Holli. Seven grandchildren: Kelly Clayton May, Taryn Christine May, Alexander John Zarutskie, Emily Elizabeth May, Cameron Edward May, Logan Elizabeth May, and Katarina Elle Zarutskie. great granddaughter, Madelyn Grace; and brother, Ray Lavon Bodin, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Pallbearers: Kelly May, Cameron May, Alexander Zarutskie, Gentry Scott, Matt Wisenbaker, Tom Schneider.
Services were held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Kingwood Funeral Home. Interment was at Brookside Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, Marelle would like donations to be made to the
and/or Leukemia Society.