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MAY SARAH STEWART MAY (Age 90) Completed her journey here on earth and went home to be with the Lord on January 27, 2013. She was greeted by loved ones who preceded her in death, including her husband, Thomas May; her son, Bob May, and her grandson, David Waggy. She was the last surviving child of Robert Stewart and Juanita Rex. Her brothers and sisters included Robert Stewart Jr., William Stewart, Daisy Snyder, Harold Stewart, and Jack Stewart. She is survived by four daughters, Louise Waggy, Linda Dalgety (Jim), Barbara Frohock (Doug), and Nancy McFarland (Jay). She had 10 grandchildren, David and Douglas Waggy, Tony and Jerah DiCola, Robert, Tommy, and Fritz Prinz, and Christopher, Ashley, and Kelsey Dunn; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and her dear friend, Cheryl Butler, and a host of other relatives. What a legacy she left behind! Sarah was born in Shelby, NC on June 16, 1922 and moved to Washington, DC in 1939. While working at the Old Willard Hotel she met and later married her boss, Thomas May. Later when he was stationed overseas during World War II, she kept the home fires burning while working at a bank and taking care of her then, two children. In 1952 the family moved to Triangle, VA and in 1954 purchased their home in Dumfries where they soon became a fixture in the neighborhood. Sarah was a stay-at-home mother while her children were young and devoted a large portion of her life to them. She was room mother for her children's classes; a Brownie Leader; and a member of the PTA. She was actively supported their various activities and it was not unusual to see her at a basketball and baseball games, drama club presentations, and band concerts. She instilled a sense of self-worth in her children and taught them that they were capable of doing anything if they tried hard enough! After all of her children were in school, Sarah worked at Stephens Rexall Drug Store in Triangle, VA. Later she worked for Cleves Food Service at Camp Mawavi in Triangle, Va and for Prince William County Food Services as the first cafeteria manager at Graham Park Middle School for many years before retiring. Sarah was a member of the Mt. Vision Rebekah Lodge #1, since 1953 where she obtained the highest honor. She was presented The Decoration of Chivalry. She was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, Women of Moose Lodge and the American Legion. She was a member of the Dumfries United Methodist Church, where she had a personal ministry sending many cards to home-bounds and shut-ins. She enjoyed living in Dumfries and was active in many Day-to Day community activities and worked to make her neighborhood a better place in which to live and raise a family. She was honored by being asked to be the Grand Marshall of the Dumfries Christmas Parade several years back. As mother of 4 daughters, she worked tirelessly to promote activities for young girls. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 31 at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd, Woodbridge. Funeral Services will be held at 10AM on Friday, February 1 at Dumfries United Methodist Church, 3890 Cameron St. Dumfries, Va., followed by interment at Dumfries Cemetery.
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 30, 2013