ANNICE BAKER MAYS, longtime resident of Abilene, Texas, died
May 13, 2004. She was born Annice Baker in Ranger, TX,
on July 23, 1932.
She was the wife of Mr. Johnny Mays of Abilene, with whom she
celebrated 36 years of marriage in Oct. of 2003.
Owing to the absence of educational opportunities for African-
Americans in her home county, her secondary education was
accomplished at Saint Peter's Academy in Dallas, Texas. There
she graduated valedictorian of the class of 1950. Her formal
education continued in Abilene. Ultimately her career path
lead her to become an X-ray Technician. She retired in 1992
following more than a decade of employment in the office of
Dr. Norman Nedde. In that same year she and her husband moved
from northern California to Abilene.
Ms. Mays served society in numerous church related and secular
roles in the communities where she and her husband lived. As a
member of Immanuel Baptist Church in San Jose, CA, she was
a member of the First-Aid Committee, Naomi Circle Mission,
and Usher Auxiliary. Being a member of the Lupus Foundation of
Northern California Advisory Board was one of her favored civic
roles. At Macedonia Baptist Church of Abilene, Ms. Mays was a
member and longtime President of the Bible Band Mission Group,
as were her mother and sister before her. Among the civic
involvement which she enjoyed were serving as Board Member for
Christ House and MHMR. She was very active in the YWCA Breast
Cancer Awareness Program. She was a supporter of Cancer Services
Network, Inc. and The American Cancer Society among other local
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mrs. Idell Baker (1972)
and Mr. Lonnie Baker (1968); and two sisters, Ms. Betty Sue Baker
(1948) and Ms. Margie Baker (1997). At the time of her death, Ms.
Mays was survived by her husband & one brother, Dr. Morris Baker
(RHS-1957) of Abilene.