May, Agnes T.
Agnes T. May 93, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2009. She was born July 18, 1916 in Irvington, KY. She touched many lives. Friends, family, neighbors and strangers called her “Mom May”. Humility was her namesake and in all her years she left many words unspoken and without judgment. Agnes gave fully and generously in love and compassion. Agnes graduated in 1935 from St. Catherine’s Academy in Lexington, KY, where she began her Registered Nurse career. She worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville, Indiana from 1939 until 1945. She married John H. May of Cloverport Kentucky in 1939.
They moved to Phoenix Arizona in 1945 for the drier climate and at the recommendation of her physician as she suffered from asthma. She worked for several years at St. Lukes Hospital in the intensive care unit. She also worked as a Private Duty Nurse and retired from the Arizona Blood Services in 1974. Her husband ‘Johnny’ died in 1997.
She loved gardening and was particularly fond of her beautiful roses. Agnes and John loved traveling and adventure. They took several cross country road trips in their RV to visit sites and family. Agnes spent many hours of service with St. Marks, and later St. Agnes Catholic Communities where she was founder of the St Agnes Heartline Prayer Link. With her co-captains and team of callers, they received prayer requests from people who shared their intentions. One phone call would start the chain of prayers, whether the caller shared their name or remained anonymous. No questions asked. The only requirement was a willingness to pray for the intention of others. There were many testimonials of success. Her true life long devotion was to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary. At age 18 in surviving a near death experience, she dedicated her life to this devotion. She always kept a ready supply of blessed Sacred Heart badges to share with others. When asked about her greatest accomplishment she would readily say ‘My Family’. Faith, love and laughter are the legacy she leaves to her 6 surviving children and spouses, Judy Carroll and her husband Richard, John (Dan) May and his wife Carol, George May, Jim May and his wife Marie, Darrell May and his wife Billie and Sharroll Minakes and her husband Matt. The legacy continues to be shared with 14 grand children and 16 great grand children. Agnes’s long and beautiful life will be celebrated by Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 pm with a Rosary at 7:00 pm, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home , 4800 E Indian School Road December 8, 2009. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 4550 N 24 St. Phoenix.
May, Agnes T.