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May O’Neal Memorial Service

January 28, 2023 @ 10:30 am 1:30 pm

The field of education lost a longtime stalwart with the death of Mabel May Parish O’Neal on December 28, 2022.

She was the youngest of seven children born to Jessie Pritchett Parish and John Edward Parish in Huntsville, Texas on January 28, 1927.  She received a BA and MA from Sam Houston State Teachers College, where her grandfather, Joseph Pritchett, had been Dean and interim president.

After graduation she taught History for ten years at Rosenburg High School in Texas, ten years at Berry College in Georgia and, after a brief sojourn in Auburn, Alabama where she was involved in the civil rights movement, she moved to a house in Alamo Heights, in 1968. May taught History full time at San Antonio College from 1968-2004: United States, World, British History and Old Testament.  She was active on the Faculty Senate and in AAUP.

May was interested in world travel, especially England or Mexico at Christmas time.  She promoted progressive political candidates and issues, wherever they might be.  May was involved in environmental concerns, especially the Friends of Hondondo Creek Trails, at the local level.  She drove a Prius and installed solar panels on her roof.  And she was an active participant in the activities of Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, in particular the Church Mice, the Super Adults, and her Sunday School Class.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews: Stanley Russell of Port Townsend, Washington; Glynda Turner of Huntsville, Texas; Henry Steffen of Houston; Jo Ann Collier of Lake Jackson; Joe Parish, Jr. of San Antonio; Lee Parish of Kingwood, Carol Park of Huntsville; and Margie Shaw of Dallas. 

Her close family in San Antonio has been the members of her Epworth Sunday School Class, her longtime friend and caregiver, Frances Perkins, and her most recent dog, Sam.  She had numerous devoted friends who visited her in her final years at the DeMatel House in The Village at Incarnate Word.

A Memorial Service will be held at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 10:30 A.M.

227 W Woodlawn Ave
San Antonio, Texas 78212 United States
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