May, Norma June

May, Norma June

March 30th, 2016

Peacefully, on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at Chartwell Retirement Residence just 3 weeks short of her 95th birthday. Midland was Mom’s birthplace and where she met and married her high school sweetheart, John May. They managed to squeeze in 73 years of marriage before Dad died in 2014. Mom continued to celebrate their marriage but must have felt it was time to join the love of her life. We hope that Dad knew she was coming because she was definitely heading his way. She will be sadly missed by her son Stephen, favourite daughter-in-law Ruth, grandchildren Kristen, Jason, Jacob, Alexander, Jordan and Joseph, and special nephew Brian. Her beloved daughter Judi died in 2012. She was predeceased by parents Effie and Graham Hager, and siblings Merkley Hager and Irma Downer. Mom spent many years in retail with Evangeline Stores and later Irene Hill. Her sense of style and love of clothes was with her to the end. She and Dad traveled whenever possible and loved winters at their Florida home. Mom was a Byron native for 63 years where her neighbours and church were key components of her life. In recent years, she kept in touch with friends throughout the world using emails but was often frustrated with her much-loved computer when it conspired against her. She was very proud of her grandchildren and demanding of hugs; her camera was a constant. Mom spent many hours on the sidelines at football games and in cold hockey arenas, and loved every minute. Mom had a long and very healthy life. She lived it with a positive attitude and a strong faith; for her, the next part of the journey was a given. Mom’s good health left us with the impression that she was going to be with us forever and her passing caught us by surprise. We are very saddened by her departure but take comfort in its peaceful nature. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service at a later date followed by interment in Midland. Donations to Byron United Church or the charity that means the most to you would be appreciated. 

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Cliff & Ruth HyattSteve & Ruth - We were very sorry to read of your Mom's passing in today's Free Press. It seems that she enjoyed a very full life, and was very much a family person. We all could learn from her. Trust that you and the kids are doing well. Cliff & Ruth Hyatt
Gwen MooreSteve, Ruth and Judie's family, my sincere condolences. You were blessed to have such a great family heritage. I have such great family memories of Jack and June. June will always be remembered for her warm smile and positive attitude. She saw the best in everyone. Cherish the wonderful memories. Gwen Moore
Debbie ( Kidd ) ParkI was sorry to hear about your Mom's passing in the paper. Your Mom and Dad were good friends with my parents Gordon and Jeanne Kidd and I remember your Mom and mine being in a ladies group together. I think of your parents every time I drive past their house on Boler Road. Your Mom was a lovely woman and I'm glad she had good health and a long active life. My condolences on June's passing. Debbie ( Kidd ) Park
Deanna (Hills) FawcettI was so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Your Mother and Dad were wonderful people. I enjoyed seeing you both at Christmas. We have wonderful memories of Byron.
Barry McDowellSteve what a lovely tribute to a beautiful woman. Your parents were great folks who cared about others and treated everyone with respect. I know you all had a wonderful relationship and many memories you will be able to fondly recall in the times ahead. God bless.
Malcolm & KateSteve, Ruth and family - Condolences to you all on June's departure from this life .. A very loving wife, mother and grandmother devoted to her husband Jack who always had a positive attitude and enjoyed life to the full. We're sorry we never had the opportunity to meet such a lovely person but will always be in our thoughts. Reunited with husband Jack and daughter Judi. God bless Kathleen, Malcolm, Samantha, Lewis and little Callum (Ruth May's family in England)
Kim SprouleSteve, Ruth and the boys,Jason and Kristen my deepest sympathies to all of you.June was a beautiful woman with a warm smile every time I saw her,she welcomed me and made me feel like a part of the family when Jason brought me to meet her and Jack as did all of you right from the beginning,so many wonderful memories and she will forever be in my heart she will be greatly missed
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