Anna May Slay is a St. Louisan to her bones: fair-minded; home-bodied; more cautious than reckless; a better listener than a speaker; and deeply in love with her family, the people, homes, and parks of her own City neighborhood.
Like many St. Louis women of her generation and upbringing, Anna May took a job after completing high school. A co-worker at Nabisco saw something special in Anna May, and arranged a date for Anna May with her nephew. The young man cancelled a singing audition to take Anna May out that evening, but he still must have struck the right chord with her. They were married on October 6, 1951.
Life wasn’t always easy for the married couple, but it was never dull. Anna May and her husband raised eleven children. All of them, spouse and kids, understood that it was Anna May’s stability and commonsense that held the big family together all those years — and still does.
I will use the privilege of my office to make it official, but I wanted to use this note to make it heartfelt:
Now, therefore, I, Francis G. Slay,
Mayor and proud son of Anna Sobocinski Slay,
do hereby proclaim Sunday, May 8, 2005, as
"Anna May Sobocinski Slay Day"
In the City of St. Louis