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Barbara L. May

October 6, 2018

Barbara Lee May, 77, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Aldersgate Village Retirement Living Community, Topeka, Kansas.  She was born April 27, 1941 in Adrian, Missouri the daughter of Reverend William “Bill” and Lorene (McCune) Wilson.  When Barbara was quite young her family moved to Cimarron County, Oklahoma.

Barbara attended schools in Boise City, Oklahoma.  Her father was a Minister of the Gospel and she came to a saving faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at a young age.  Barbara was united in marriage with the love of her life, Floyd Earnest May, on November 25, 1956 in Keyes, Oklahoma.

After their marriage, Barbara and Floyd lived a few years in Boise City, Oklahoma and then moved throughout the Oklahoma and Texas panhandle area for Floyd’s job.  They then moved to Dalhart, Texas where they managed the Holliday Motel and then to Paxico, Kansas in 1976 where they operated a Hog farm.

Barbara loved her children and was an excellent cook and homemaker.  She worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the Alma Manor and at Brewster’s Place and cared for her parents in their later years at her home near Maple Hill, Kansas.  She later received her Medical Secretary Certificate from Kaw Area Technical School in Topeka and worked for a time as a medical transcriptionist for Cotton O’Neil Clinic.

She was passionate about her faith in Christ and was a member of many small charismatic churches over the years.  Skyline Heights Christian Faith Center began in the basement of Barbara and Floyd’s home in Keene, Kansas and she remained an active member after they moved to a new church building on Keene Road in Rural Wabaunsee County.

She is survived by a sister, Lola “Maedine” Nelson, Julesburg, Colorado; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Wilson, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Betty Wilson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; a daughter, Barbie and Rick Long, Rural Topeka; three sons, Charlie and Judy May of Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, Blyn and Bonnie May of Rural Eskridge and Arlyn “Frog” and Mary Lou May of Rural Auburn; ten grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years; her parents; two sisters, Wilma Jean Wilson and Norma Arlene Wilson who died in infancy; and two brothers, Willis McCune Wilson and Eugene David Wilson.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Dover Federated Church. Burial will follow services at Bethlehem Cemetery, Paxico, Kansas.  She will lie in state from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Dover Federated Church where the family will receive friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas Bible Camp, 4508 W 56th Ave, Hutchinson, Kansas 67502 or sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.



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8 thoughts on “Barbara L. May

  1. Gloria,
    Thank you. Yes, there is hope for those of us who put our faith in Jesus. Oh death where is your sting. We are celebrating her life, not mourning her death. Thank you for your word and encouragement

  2. We are so sorry for the loss of Barbara’s presence on this earth, knowing she will be so very missed by all of you and her many friends. Obviously, she loved people and lived to serve in all the ways she was uniquely gifted for………..and that is all each of us can strive for in this life. She was always kind and gracious, and her family was so precious to her. Our prayers are with you now and in the coming days as you adjust to her new address……but celebrating with you her life and her reward. Sending you our love and prayers…
    Carl and Linda Folster ..

    • Thank you for this very well put sentiment describing mom! You both are very dear to Rick and I. My whole family thanks you very much for the wonderful food! Love you!
      Barbie, Rick and family

  3. So sorry to hear of the passing of Barbara May. She was a special person and good friend. Due to health issues in the past 2 yrs I was unable to visit friends. Love to her family of really great Christian people.

    • Kathie,
      You were a good friend to her as well! Thank you for that. 🙂 She thought a lot of you. I’m sorry you’ve been through the bad health battle too. Miss and love you!

  4. One of the sweetest ladies I met in my life. She welcomed me into her home & treated me like family. Truly an inspiration that God sent to cross my path. Gratitude & condolences sent to the family.

  5. Dear May family,
    Please accept my condolence and deep regrets for your loss for I lost my entire family to our enemy death and I would like to share where I found hope and comfort at that time. I found this in what I read in Jehovah Gods word the Bible at John5:28,29 for there it tells us we’ll see our love ones again in the resurrection when Jesus brings them back here on earth and at Isaiah25:8 we’re told that this enemy death will be swallowed up forever. With these scriptures and others I’m able to cope with my loss and get through each day because now I know I’ll see my love ones again and so can you. I wanted to share this with you now when hope and comfort is needed hoping this will help you also in some way for this is my purpose in sharing this with you at this time and please know that I do share your grief and hope you’ll feel free to let me know if this helped. Hoping to hear from you. Sincerely, GM

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