May (Betz) Pulliam, 85, of St. Johns passed away peacefully Aug. 8, 2018, under Hospice care at Grace Haven in St. Johns, slipping from the warm embrace of family and friends and into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ where she is enjoying the company of a beloved granddaughter, Elizabeth Koenigsknecht, who preceded her on the heavenly journey 18 years ago, Aug. 8, 2000.
May was born Nov. 9, 1932, the daughter of Tony and Elizabeth Betz. She loved people and life in general and was particularly enthusiastic about meeting and making new friends. She was genuinely interested in learning about them, gleaning information in a friendly and caring manner.
Her career as a teacher was life-long - beginning when she received a teaching degree from Michigan State University, and continuing well beyond her "official" retirement in 1992. She first taught at Gunnisonville, followed by Valier - a two room school in Midland with her sister, Wanda Betz; Alma Republic and concluding at St. Johns Public Schools.
May married the love of her life, Jerry Pulliam, on June 1, 1951.She and Jerry became the proud parents of twin daughters, Sheila and Sheryl, on July 20, 1952. Family was a mainstay of May's life She was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed the laughter and spirit of her family. She especially enjoyed talking with and supporting the endeavors of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
May also loved dancing. She and Jerry were well known around the mid-Michigan area for their skill at clog dancing. They enjoyed performing together at various functions, including assembly programs for young students at SJ Schools which suited their background in education.
Along with her dancing partner and husband of 67 years, Jerry, May is survived by daughters Sheila (Gery) Rehmann and Sheryl (Rich) Koenigsknecht; grandsons, Rich (Sara) Koenigsknecht, Chad (Kari) Rehmann and Craig (Stacy) Rehmann; and great-grandchildren Ella Elizabeth Koenigsknecht, Nolan Koenigsknecht, Kathryn Elizabeth Rehmann, Nicolas Rehmann, Kayden Rehmann, Micah Rehmann and Kenley Elizabeth Rehmann. She was preceded in death by 13 siblings and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Koenigsknecht.
Visitation will be Sunday, August 12th from 2-4, 6-8 at Keck Coleman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Aug 13, at Keck Coleman with Pastor Tyler Barlage officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Cancer Unit at Clinton Sparrow Hospital, or St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Arrangements are by Keck Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.