Minnie Mae Stallings passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Corsicana, Texas at the age of 95. She was born January 25, 1924 in Somerville, Texas to Margaret and Benjamin Witte. Minnie Mae attended Somerville Public Schools and graduated in 1941 from Somerville High School. Following high school, she attended secretarial school in Bryan, Texas where she would later meet her true love, Harold Ray Stallings, while he was serving in the Air Force during World War II. They were married on December 1, 1944 and eventually moved to Temple, Texas where Minnie Mae was a medical secretary at the original Scott & White Hospital until 1958.
Minnie Mae and Marie Collins co-organized the Texas Girls Tennis Development Program in Temple in the late sixties and early seventies which lead to several teaching pros from he Texas Tennis Association via the Maureen Connelly Brinker Foundation visiting Temple to volunteer their time with the tennis program. Minnie Mae also served on the Temple Parks & Recreation Department Board of Directors, a member of the Yellow Birds Volunteer Program and Scott & White, and oversaw the Junior High and High School Sunday School Departments at Immanuel Baptist Church in Temple for more nearly 20 years where she held monthly Bible sword drill competitions among each grade level. She loved playing in tennis tournaments at a high level with her doubles partner of several decades, Leta Easterwood, and at the National and State Mother-Daughter Tennis Championships over the years with her daughters. Minnie Mae loved winning at forty-two (dominos) and loved competing in general which kept family gatherings full of fun. She and her husband, Ray, were big fans of country music and enjoyed listening to Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Alan Jackson, and George Strait and even travelled to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Minnie Mae was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother who is survived by her daughters, Barbara Moe of Corsicana and Marijean Pernice and husband Gary of Marietta, Georgia; grandchildren, Michelle Moe of Corsicana; Michael Moe of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Simon Moe and Lana Gober of Corsicana; and longtime dear friend to the entire Stallings family, Bobbye Wigginton. She was predeceased by husband, Ray Stallings, parents, Benjamin and Margaret Witte; son, Harold Wayne Stallings; sister, Mary Hattie Ferguson, bother-in-law, Melvin Ferguson, and by son-in-law, Dale Moe.
The family appreciates the kindness and thoughtfulness of Beverly Baisy, the staff of Heritage Oaks Assisted Living, and Navarro Regional Hospital Emergency Room and ICU Staff.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 P.M. Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home, 500 West Barton Avenue, Temple, TX., with burial to follow at Bellwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Temple High School Quarterback Club Scholarship Fund.
The family is in my heart and in my prayers. Minnie Mae was a wonderful Christian lady. I'm so thankful she was part of my life.
Geneva BerryTEMPLE, TX
Our condolences and prayers for all your family.
Tom & Sue PerniceCumming, GA