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Mae Greeley
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Mae Greeley of Manteca, passed away at the age of 93, Saturday, March 27.  Mae has been in Palm Haven since 2004. Mae was born on a race horse/cattle ranch just 8 miles out of Blackwell, Oklahoma, on May 29, 1916. Her parents were Harry Cleveland Stroup and Nina Lillian Stauffer. She was preceded in death by her sister, two brothers, her husband, and son Norman Greeley.

Mae moved west to California after graduating from Blackwell High. She met and married Donald Greeley in Los Angeles. They were happily married for almost 60 years, before Donald past away in 2000. They moved to Manteca in 1945 when their third child was just 2 years old.

Mae is survived by her children Carolyn Wulf and David Greeley. Her 4 grandchildren Dean & Constance Wulf of Alberta, Canada, and Chet & Lynn Greeley of Manteca. Mae had a great love for her family, real estate clients, and friends. She purchased an existing real estate company and building with 5 salesmen in 1957 creating Greeley Realty. Every salesman quit the first day!   Because “a woman has no place in the real estate business”. Her office soon became successful with both men and women sales staff with decades of satisfied clients.

Mrs. Greeley was a charter member of Manteca board of Realtors and Manteca Multiple listing service. She was part of the committee to bring the Manteca Hospital to Manteca now known as Doctors Hospital. Mae was on a Stockton Jr. College advisory board (now known as Delta College). One of the Board projects was purchasing the future college site near the NW corner of Lathrop Rd & Hwy 99.

She enjoyed her years in Soroptimist and as the 15th president of Soroptimist International in Manteca (1967-68).

Upon retirement Mae & Don enjoyed traveling to places such as China and Panama. They took a motor home club tour of Mexico. They always loved the great outdoors. They liked fishing and boating in Yellowstone, Alaska, the San Juan Islands, our local Delta, and the High Sierras.

She will be remembered for her strawberry rhubarb pie, oatmeal cookies, warm persimmon pudding, and fresh fish dinners. She loved her precious kitty Indy that she shared with her grandchildren.

 The family thanks Merrill Gardens, Delta Breeze, and Palm Haven Care Center, for their special years of care in Manteca.

 In lieu of flowers you may donate to the Soroptimist Memorial Fund P.O. Box 218 Manteca, CA. 95336.

The memorial service is on Friday at 2 p.m. April 2, at Park View Cemetery, in the Chapel, 3661 French Camp Road, just north of Manteca.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, April 2, 2010