Shirley May, 85, beloved Mother and Wife, was called to her eternal resting place on November 9, 2020. She entered this world on October 22, 1935 in Dewey Oklahoma, born to James and Ada Wilson. She is survived by her husband Gene May of Grove, son Glenn May and his wife Kathy of Tallahassee Florida, son Kevin May and his wife Sheri of Elgin Oklahoma, son Stephen May of Jay Oklahoma, granddaughter Chelsea Wood and her husband Christian of Wichita Falls Texas, grandson Colby May and his wife Lindsey and their daughter Pepper Anne of Tulsa. She was preceded in death by her son Gregory James May of Oklahoma City, parents James and Ada Wilson, her sister Eva Grace Schafer and her husband Lawrence, her sister Helen Huffman and her husband Glen, her sister Margie Drake and her husband George, and her brother Billy Jim Wilson. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Shirley May of Dewey Oklahoma and by many loving nieces and nephews. Yes, there were two Shirley May's in the family. Sometimes it got confusing.
Shirley was a graduate of Dewey High School. She married Gene May on August 27, 1955. In 1960, she gave birth to the first of four sons whose only hobby was fighting. She ran the household on a shoestring budget while Gene completed his doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma. Upon Gene's graduation, the family moved to Sapulpa Oklahoma. It was the first of many moves before they eventually purchased a home in Tulsa. Upon Gene's retiring from ORU, Gene and Shirley moved to Grove to allow them to be close to Shirley's sisters.
Shirley loved being with her family, playing and listening to music, helping others, playing games, eating dessert, being blunt, and Oklahoma football but not necessarily in that order.
Shirley served in the Cornerstone Church in Grove Oklahoma. A memorial service will be held at Cornerstone in Grove on November 16th at 10AM. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either The Gideons International, the Delaware County Friendship Home in Jay Oklahoma, or to anyone that needs it.
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