Regina (Jeanne)
Regina (Jeanne) Cecile May (85) August 18, 1925 - August 11, 2011 Jeanne passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on August 11, 2011. Jeanne and twin brother Bill were the second and third youngest of five and were born on August 18, 1925 to Harry Woodward and Margaret Sunderlund in Hollywood, CA. She graduated from Hollywood High School in 1944 and worked several years at the Beverly Hills National Bank. She married James Leonard May on June 27, 1953 and moved to Manhattan Beach, CA. They were married 50 years when Jim passed away on November 17, 2003. They raised two children, Jeffrey and Ann, who attended Aviation High School. Jeanne was a people person and her circle of love extended beyond her family, friends, and neighbors. She especially loved the ladies in her sewing group and the charity work they supported. She was also an active member of American Martyrs Church and was proud to be a breast cancer survivor. Jeanne was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and her siblings and their spouses: Marion Parker, Betty (Herman) Dragoun, Mary (Al) Boutte, and William (Doris) Woodward. Jeanne is survived by son Jeff (Sheila) May of Maple Valley, WA; daughter Ann (David) Canning of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Madeline and Connor May; and many nieces, nephews and their families. Our family extends a heartfelt thank you to caregiver Clemmie Underwood for her compassion and devotion to our mother for the past two years. A memorial Mass will be held on August 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at American Martyrs Church; a celebration of her life will follow the services. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, and TN. (800)805-5856. Please use this website to send the family messages and share memories.

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  1. So many memories of you Mrs. May! I will always remember your tasty food, fun times camping and picnicing and your arts and crafts and sewing of dresses, outfits and school and sport uniforms. You will be missed but in our hearts forever. You were like a second mom to me. I love you!

  2. I have spent 33 years with you (except the 2 you were ill) every Wednesday together with our sewing club. I will always miss your smile and your wilingness to always be there to help. Rest in peace, Love, Ivy

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you for comfort and peace at this difficult time. I remember your mom as a beautiful soul that took such pride and pleasure in caring for her family and the community. I feel blessed that I had a chance to experience that care on that summer trip to Oregon with you and your parents. Remember the bees and the blueberries? That was a summer I have always cherished. God Bless you today, tomorrow and always:)

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