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

Wife of Willie Mays, Mae Louise Allen Mays, dies at 74
April 19, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Willie and Mae Mays pose with bronze plaque casting that was unveiled during ceremonies on March 7, 1980 in San Francisco at which Bay Area athletes were honored. (AP IMAGES

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.”

San Francisco Giants president and CEO Larry Baer also commented on the passing of Mays' wife.

“On behalf of the Giants partnership, front office, team, alumni and fans, we express our heartfelt condolences to Willie and his family with the passing of his beloved Mae," Baer said. "I was honored to know Mae and to witness how Willie loved and cared for her."

A private funeral service will be scheduled in the near future.