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Catherine May, 96, of Terre Haute, passed away on Jan. 18, 2018, at Southwood nursing home in Terre Haute. She was born on April 15, 1921, in Morgan County, to James Duke and Dora (Condor) Duke.
She was a 1939 graduate of Epson High School, married Elmer Leon May on April 20, 1941, and together they started their family and ran the family business Swanee Orchards.
She was a member of the Westside Church of Christ in Sullivan, former member of Farmersburg Church of Christ, Order of the Eastern Star Pimento Chapter 516, and enjoyed singing in Sweet Harmony Chorus.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Elmer; son, Gerrith; brothers, Nando Duke, William Duke, Homer Duke, Harry Duke; sisters, Frowe Jackson, Eunice Jackson, Esther Baker, Berniece Duke; and daughters in-law, Wanda May and Karen May.
Survivors include her sons, Keith May of Sullivan, James (Debbie) May of Bradenton, Fla.; daughter, Elonne (Tom) Davis of Terre Haute; 15 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, several other nieces, nephews and other family.
Catherine spent her life serving the Lord. She did VBS, teaching, cooking at Camp Wabashi, and was a member of the Golden Girls. She was a rockstar in the kitchen. Every member of her family would be elated to get to eat her famous persimmon pudding with white cream sauce. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved playing various games around the house, especially find the button. She had a way of making simple things fun. Singing was a passion and you could always find her humming around the house or even when she did outdoor work. A lot of the grandchildren knew her as granny green machine, because she was always giving rides on her 5 wheel John Deere. Sewing gave her much enjoyment throughout her life. She made most of her wardrobe until she was in her late seventies. Catherine had gumption and it definitely passed through the generations. She will be missed.
The family would like to start celebrating her life with church services beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28 2018, at the Westside Church of Christ. A luncheon will be held afterwards. Then services to honor Catherine will begin at 1:30 p.m., with Brother Jeff Hawkins officiating. Entombment will be at Roselawn Cemetery next to her husband. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Camp Wabashi, 3525 E. Harlan Drive, Terre Haute, IN 47802. Holmes Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Contact online at:
Published on January 23, 2018
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