Mary Lee Mays, 86, died on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 at her country home in the Bluntzer community. She was a longtime employee of Humble, Esso, and Exxon Pipeline Companies and was the first female district superintendent for Exxon, from which she retired after 38 years.

Friends and family were her passion.

Mary Lee enjoyed most any type of game and was always ready for a challenge. Dominoes and board games were favorites, but she excelled in card games. She enjoyed sitting on her back porch observing the countryside and wildlife or looking at the creatures of nature from her deer blind. She would harvest a good deer if one came by. Reeling in a large trout or redfish made her day.

She was a long time resident of the Corpus Christi and Robstown areas. She was born Oct. 26, 1922, in Red Bluff (Lolita) to Dewey W. Mays and Ruby J. Gilmore Mays.

She is survived by her friend, Mary McGregor; a brother, Col. Kenneth W. Mays of Moody; and a sister, Mrs. Ruth E. Menefee of Edna; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Anna Belle Williams; brother, Dewey W. Mays Jr.; brother-in-law, Buddy Menefee; and sister-in-law, Elaine Mays.

The funeral service was conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment followed in Rose Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a hospice organization of your choice.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home