|Mrs. Olivia Grace Evans Mays was born to James and Moriah Evans, in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 12, 1907, and was educated in the elementary and high schools including old Gilbert Academy. Later she received her B.A. Degree in English from Southern University, Baton Rouge. She was dedicated to teaching and served as a ranking teacher for a number of years.
Mrs. Mays united with the Trinity United Methodist Church at an early age and was a strong and faithful member through the years. She was also active in the social, cultural, moral, civic and religious life of the community. She was instrumental in influencing the late Mayor Robert S. Mastrie to donate a block of ground for a playground, soon named the Olivia G. Evans Recreational Playground. Mrs. Mays also led in the March of Dimes Campaign on several occasions and was a worker with the Community Chest program.
The later years brought a new role to this staunch citizen of New Orleans. Thus she and Reverend E. A. Mays, who served the Louisiana Conference as an outstanding pastor and Executive Secretary of Christian Education for a number of years, were united in holy matrimony. They walked together by faith until her summons came April 3, 1975 when she wrapped the drapery of her couch about her and transferred into eternity.
The Reverend Mr. Mays, her husband, and one sister Miss Hattie Evans, New York, and a host of friends mourn her passing.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1975; p. 189 By Samuel W. Walker, Sr.|