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3124 Robinson Drive
Waco, TX 76706
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Jennie May

Jennie Joyce May (Simons)

Friday, July 5th, 1940 - Sunday, May 12th, 2019
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Jennie Joyce Simons May, of Woodway, Texas, passed from this life to her eternal life, on the morning of May 12, 2019, Mother’s Day. Funeral services will be 1 pm Friday, May 17, at First Baptist Church Hewitt, 301 First St., Hewitt, with Pastors Chris Sammons and Roy Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at Lorena Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 pm Thursday May 16, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., Waco.
Jennie was known by many names depending on how she knew you. To her family, she was Joyce, to her friends she was Jennie, she was wife to Ray, Mom to Renay, and to her grandson, she was Neena.
She was born July 5, 1940, in Asa, Texas, or as she would say, on the Brazos River Bottom, to Lonzo Luther Simons and Maud Hickox Simons. Jennie was the eldest of four children, and was preceded in death by her parents and “little sister”, Linda Wacill Simons. She was raised in the community of Rosenthal, and attended Lorena Schools, and graduated in 1958.
On February 20, 1960, Jennie married her true love and high school sweetheart, Marshall Ray May, in Lorena, Texas. They recently celebrated 59 years of marriage, and through the years, their love never wavered, and was a testament to a true Christian example of how a marriage should be. Whether it was when they taught young married Sunday school classes, or when they supported each other through the trials of sickness, and good health, they were always together supporting and loving each other. Jennie and Ray were faithful members of Hewitt First Baptist Church for over fifty years.
Jennie retired from McLennan County, where she worked in the Elections office and the Auditors office. She also worked at the church as its financial secretary as well as its church clerk prior to working for the county, and was her brother’s bookkeeper for his automotive business.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband, Ray; her daughter, Jennie Renay May Gwin; her son-in-law, Roger Gwin; and grandson, Logan Gwin, who was her pride and joy, and his fiancé Lauren Van Ryswyk; Brother’s, Truman Simons of Waco, Texas, Randy Simons (Patricia) of Valley Mills, Texas; Brother-in-law, Jack May (Betty), of Rolla, Missouri; nieces, Jody May Oakes (Gary), Kelly Simons DiCorte (Billy), Rebecca Simons, Adrianna Simons Suaste (Angel); nephews, Jack May (Jeannie) and Jason Simons (Natalie Johnson), as well many extended family members, cousins, and cherished friends. Jennie never met a stranger, and once you knew her, you were family.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to The First Baptist Church of Hewitt Building Fund or CareNet Waco.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Pecan Grove Funeral Home
    3124 Robinson Dr
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Service

    Friday, May 17th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, May 17th, 2019 1:00pm
    First Baptist Church Hewitt
    301 1st Street Hewitt Texas 76643
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  • Interment

    Lorena Cemetery
    LORENA, TX 76655
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Barbara Gillaspie

Posted at 09:38pm
To Ray and family,
Ray I'm so sorry to hear of Jennie, God Bless and prayers for you and your family, sending hugs and blessing
always in my heart
Love Gail (May) Gillaspie

Love & Prayers, Vernon & Beth Gatlin

Posted at 11:52pm
Ray & Renay, Sallie Lu said " give her flowers while she was still alive", so here is plant instead! Our sweet Jennie is in Heaven w/ Jesus now.
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Teresa Cassidy

Posted at 04:11pm
We at Seniors Complete Insurance are sad to hear that Mrs. May passed away.
We would like the family to know that it was an honor to serve Mrs. May's insurance needs for the past 2 years.
We know that she will be greatly missed.
God bless you all during this difficult time. May the Lord provide you with His peace.

Teresa Cassidy and Staff

Ricky Bowen

Posted at 10:12am
Sorry for your loss. Will keep you in our prayers. Ricky Bowen and Jamey Aust
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Melanie Hunt

Posted at 09:05am
I was blessed to have gotten to work with Jennie in the McLennan County Elections Dept & then again in the McLennan County Auditor's Office. She was the sweetest lady, she loved life & lived life to the fullest, she always had an encouraging word if you needed it. God gained a great lady & earth is blessed to have her as an Angel! Prayers for each of you! Keep you memories close, and smile as Jennie would want her light to live on through y'all. God bless each of you!

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