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Phyllis May

March 5, 1937 — April 12, 2022

Westboro Chapel


Phyllis Mary Jane May (nee Metcalfe) was born in Edmonton Alberta March 5, 1937.  She grew up on a farm near Stony Plain with brothers Norton, Gary, and Keith, and sister Lois.  The Metcalfe family moved to Wainwright, AB where Phyllis attended school and met Charles May.  They married in Grace United church in Wainwright in 1959.  Phyllis and Chuck had two children, Donna (married to Ralph) and Trevor (married to Lisa), and had two grandchildren Griffin and Lucas.  When they lived in Lloydminster, Phyllis enjoyed curling and once scored an eight-ender.  She was a member of the local gun club with Chuck and won shooting trophies.  Summers in Loyd were spent at the cottage at Sandy Beach where she became close friends with Margaret and Loraine.   Despite living near water most of her life, Phyllis had a lifelong fear of water and never learned to swim.


When the family re-located in Edmonton, Phyllis went back to school and learned typing and shorthand so she could work with Chuck as a part-time secretary at Landmark Cinemas.  Phyllis learned how to golf and once scored a hole-in-one.  She joined the St. Albert Trekkers (Volksport) in 1990 and with that group subsequently walked in every province and territory in Canada. In 2004 she walked from Banff to Jasper, a distance of 297 km, in one week.  Phyllis served as president of the Alberta chapter of Volksport for many years.  She really enjoyed walking, adventures, and the friends she shared those adventures with.


Phyllis was a skilled seamstress and sewed many of her own clothes as well as clothes for the wedding parties of both her children.  Always a fan of music, she took up the Banjo at age 70 and learned to sing and play many Bluegrass songs and was often found at local Edmonton Bluegrass jam sessions.  She was close to her siblings and enjoyed time with them.  Phyllis always looked forward to the monthly lunch at the Honey Pot with her brothers and sisters.  Phyllis will be missed by all who knew her.

There will be a celebration of Phyllis' life at Westlawn Funeral Home, 10132 - 163 St Edmonton Alberta, on Saturday, July 9th at 2:00pm.  The celebration will take place outside in the Memories Garden adjacent to the cemetery out-buildings.

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