Freya Lanelle Stephens-May – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force

From a contemporary press report:

Freya Lanelle Stephens-May, 58, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force (retired) of Haymarket, died on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at Hospice of
Northern Virginia in Arlington, Virginia.

Colonel May was a graduate of Russell-Sage College, New York, where she earned a BS degree in merchandising. She also earned a MS degree in Political Science from the University of Utah.

She served more than 25 years in positions of responsibility in the U.S. Air Force as an Air and Space Systems Logistics Plans and Programs Officer and as a Political-Military Affairs Officer. Her assignments included tours of duty in
Washington, D.C., Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, The Azores and in South East Asia.

While on active duty, she served as one of only a few women officers to have been assigned to Thailand in support of the Vietnam Campaign. Colonel May also
served as a White House Special Assistant to President’s Carter and Reagan. Her responsibilities included support to visiting Foreign Dignitaries on behalf of the President. Her decorations include the Air Force Commendation, the Join Services Commendation and the Meritorious and Defense Meritorious medals. She is also a recipient of the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Gallantry Cross with Palm.

She was preceded in death by Colonel Charles H. Stephens, U.S. Army (Ret.). She is survived by her husband, Col. Gerald M. May; her mother Mrs. Agnes H. Stephens; brother, Charles T. Stephens (Nadia), Teresa Ann May-Polson (David), Tricia L. May-Kapplemann (Michael); her cousin, Pennye B. Arehart (William) and their two sons, W. Merle Arehart and Stephen V. Arehart.

Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at Grace Episcopal
Church, 3601 Russell Rd. in Alexandria at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia, 9300 Lee Hwy., 5th Floor, Fairfax, VA 22031-1207 or to Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

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