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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Wife of Willie Mays, Mae Louise Allen Mays, dies at 74

Baseball legend Willie Mays and the San Francisco Giants announced that Mae Louise Allen Mays, Willie’s wife of 41 years, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday morning in the couple’s Bay Area home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 74-years-old.

Mae and Willie were married in November, 1971. Late in life, Mae waged a 16-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She remained in their family home with Willie until her death.

“Mae died peacefully and without pain,” Mays’ family attorney Malcolm Heinicke said. “Willie is now grieving the loss of his beautiful wife of more than four decades, but he is staying strong by remembering all of the many experiences they enjoyed together.

“Willie appreciates all of the well wishes of his friends and fans during this difficult time.”

Repoz Posted: April 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Treder Posted: April 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM (#4420266)
:-(
   2. Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: April 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM (#4420272)
16 years with Alzheimer's? Poor Willie. That's a heavy burden he's been carrying.
   3. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: April 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM (#4420284)
So ... she was diagnosed (or whatever) at 58? My god.
   4. Morty Causa Posted: April 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM (#4420293)
I didn't know this about his wife. I don't really search out information about players' lives generally, but, still, was this widely reported or known?
   5. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: April 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM (#4420295)
Didn't a book on Mays come out a year or so ago? Seems like I read a reference to his wife's condition in a magazine article related to that.
   6. . . . . . . . . . . Posted: April 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM (#4420298)
He has been a grumpy guy in recent years, and this would explain why. What a load to carry around, especially at his age.
   7. Rafael Bellylard: The Grinch of Orlando. Posted: April 20, 2013 at 01:34 PM (#4420350)
So ... she was diagnosed (or whatever) at 58? My god.


Same age of diagnosis for Pat Summitt.
   8. BDC Posted: April 20, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4420358)
Very sad story. All condolences to Willie Mays and the rest of their family.
   9. GregD Posted: April 20, 2013 at 02:34 PM (#4420397)
A good friend's mom had a diagnosis in her mid-50s. What a nightmare for everyone in the family (though it's not always clear it is a nightmare for her). My heart goes out to anybody who experiences that. We all head in the same direction, but that's a particularly miserable way to watch a family member go out.
   10. AndrewJ Posted: April 20, 2013 at 09:41 PM (#4420833)
Mae was from Pittsburgh, and the two were set up by a mutual friend. Willie phoned her one afternoon: "I'm Willie Mays." She replied, "Yeah, and I'm Martha Washington," and hung up. Only when she found out the Giants were in town to play the Pirates did she realize her mistake.

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