Vera Maye Brummett May, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2018, at the age of 104. Vera loved her Lord, her family, and her friends. She will be remembered by all those who knew her as someone who blessed them with her love, faith, phone calls, and good food.
Vera was born on July 22, 1913 in Lexington, Texas to James Logan Brummett and Vera Lee Hollis Brummett. She is preceded in death by her husband, I.T. May, daughter, Wanda Lou Rogers, her parents and siblings J.L. Brummett, Jr., Laura Belle Mills and Bess Hart.
Vera is survived by children Mary Lee Lewis, I.T. “Buddy” May, Jr. and wife Lisa, and Linda Sue Werchan and husband Ronald, 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 6 great, great- grandchildren and special friends Gloria Cerrato and Enell Cooper.
She was raised in Galena Park, Texas and graduated as valedictorian from Galena Park High School in 1931. She was a longtime resident of Huffman, Texas where she lived for 70 plus years. In her 104 years she was role model for all those whose lives she touched. She dedicated her life to family, community, and public service and instilled in her children and grand children a tradition of giving back. During her years in Huffman, she was an active member of Lake Houston United Methodist Church, serving on many committees too numerous to mention. She was a member of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class and the Lake Houston Christian Women. Outside of the church she was actively involved in the Huffman Lions Club, Lake Houston Garden Club and the Lake Houston Seniors. At the age of 79, she began delivering Meals on Wheels throughout the Huffman-Crosby communities and continued doing so for 5 years. At the age of 80, she began mentoring students in Huffman ISD’s “Lunch Bunch” program and volunteered at Northeast Memorial Center Hospital from 1988-1996.
Vera joined the Houston Chapter of the Aggie Moms Club in 1953 when her son, Buddy, began his freshman year at Texas A&M. In 1979 she gave a permanent endowment in honor of her late husband to the University. Some of her fondest memories are of the tailgating-parties at Kyle Field through 30 consecutive football seasons.
Vera and her late husband, I. T. May, donated 10 acres for the Huffman Little League sports complex in 1968. In 1977, they donated an additional 5 acres for the football fields adjacent to the baseball park. In approximately 1985, Vera donated 3 acres for the Vera Brummett May Community Center.
She was honored for her continued service over the years by being named a Texas Lifetime Member of PTA, “Lion of the Year” in 2000, Huffman ISD Star Team Award recipient in 2004, and Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” in February 2004. In June 2004, Vera received the Points of Light Foundation “President’s Call to Service Award” at an event attended by President George H.W. Bush and Mayor Bill White.
When asked in a newspaper interview in 2016 about her community service, Vera said “children are our future. That’s where it starts. If you care for your community, your friends and your family, that’s what you do. If we leave this earth feeling like we have been an asset instead of a burden, that is what I am trying to do.” She was a valuable asset to her family and her community. Her legacy lives on.
Friends were invited to visit with the family on Friday, January 12, 2018 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street, Dayton, Texas. A funeral service was held at on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Lake Houston United Methodist Church, 23606 FM 2100, Huffman, Texas. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Huffman Cemetery.
Honoring the family by serving as pallbearers were Toby May, Richard Dodgen, David Lewis, Robert Lewis, Greg Werchan, Carlos May, Edward Rogers and Ellis Werchan. Honorary pallbearers are Michael Quintanillo, Tony Schlaeger, Scott Conner, Mark Lewis, Tom Couch, David Hicks, Tom Lutz, Zachary Gadberry and all of her grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vera’s memory to Lake Houston United Methodist Church, Huffman, or to the Vera Brummett May Community Center-Volunteers in Action, Huffman.
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