Family of the Month – November 2011

Betty and Pat May

For the lack of a bowling alley, Pat May found a partner for life. Pat and wife Betty are 8157’s Family of the Month for November. The Duncanville residents have been parishioners since 1997, when they transferred from St. Elizabeth. All four of their grown children – Mary, Teresa, Timothy and Susan – attended St. Elizabeth School and Bishop Dunne. Pat is from Chicago (White Sox, not Cubs, much to Mike Rumsey’s delight). Joining the Air Force in 1948, Pat was sent to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls for basic training. At the end of the eight weeks, the “basics” were given a day’s leave in Dallas. He and a buddy wanted to go bowling, couldn’t find an alley, and decided to kill time at the roller rink that was in Fair Park. That’s where Betty and two of her friends had just finished a skating lesson and stayed to practice what they just learned. The two met, eventually dated and were married two years later. (On Dec. 26, which complicates their anniversaries.) Upon coming to Holy Spirit, Pat continued his involvement in his parish’s usher program and is the head usher. He joined the KC’s at the invitation of Dick Bates. With the council, he’s the liaison with the parish staff as director of church activities. Betty is involved in many parish activities, including the Catholic Daughters.