May Dallas Harris was born on June 15th, 1942, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late James Garland and Mildred Banks. May grew up with two brothers, the late John Garland and Charles Garland, who loved and cherished their sister. Growing up in Pittsburgh was not easy for May, but she was determined to persevere through the adversity and make a better life for herself.
As a young adult, May joined the United States Women’s Army Corp. She had to leave the military because she had Armanda Hunt, her eldest daughter. May decided to join the Army Reserves because she was committed to serving her country. In addition to being in the Army Reserves, May attended Carlow University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. While in college, May gave birth to Nicole Hunt and Bobbie Hunt, her middle daughters. After college, May pursued a career in social work where she provided resources, support, and guidance for members of the Pittsburgh community. As a social worker, May gave birth to Mary Elizabeth Nelson, her youngest child who unfortunately passed away 9 days after birth. The loss of May’s youngest child took a toll on her life, and she decided it was time for another career change.
May decided to rejoin the United States Army in light of women with children no longer being a barrier to service. This time around, May worked in various MOS’s and positions. Her duties were as followed: Training Instructor, Field Artillery, Pershing Missiles, 1st Sergeant, and NCOIC of Division Mental Health at Evans Army Community Hospital. All in all, May served 21 years in the United States Army, and she spent time in Lawton, Oklahoma, Heilbronn, Germany, Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany, and Yongsan, South Korea. May retired from the Army while at Ft. Carson, but she continued to support the Armed Services by serving in the position of Relocation Specialist for the Army Community Service until she developed Multiple Sclerosis. When May was not working, she enjoyed reading, dancing, listening to music, shopping, and cooking.
While in Colorado Springs, May’s oldest daughter gave birth to her only grandchild, Dallas Terry. She also met her husband, David Williams, who she loved dearly. May loved her daughters and granddaughter to the moon and back, and she did everything within her power to give them the world. On January 31st, 2023, May passed away at the age of 80, and she is survived by her husband, her three daughters, her granddaughter, and her brother Charles. Anyone who met May, even for a quick second, fell in love with her because her sense of humor, love, and generosity was unmatched. She was a beautiful, lovely, and graceful woman who showed unconditional love to her family and friends. She will be missed by all, and her legacy will continue to live on in our hearts.
We love you forever mom/nana/”scooter”/”sweetie”/”baby boo”.
Visitation 9AM and Funeral 10AM on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910. Burial to follow at 12PM at Pikes Peak National Cemetery.