Darlene Joanne May

Darlene Joanne May, 69, of Great Falls, died of cancer November 25, at Peace Hospice.



A graveside memorial service is 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at Manchester Cemetery. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.



Darlene was born to Grace "Ronnie" and Donald Boyd on July 24, 1943. She attended Great Falls High School and Great Falls Vo-tech. She later graduated from Boise State University. Darlene married Jesse Warren May in June, 1961. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Deer Lodge where Darlene broke and trained horses. Darlene worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Great Falls and in Idaho. She also worked at Western Fidelity Insurance and the Good Samaritan Home in Boise, Idaho.



Darlene had a great love for all animals and had various beloved pets throughout her life. She enjoyed horseback riding, bowling, camping and crossword puzzles.



Darlene is survived by four children Darla Bergstad, Darcy May Roe and Dana May all of Great Falls and Donald May of Boise, Idaho; a brother Rick (Joyce) Hannula of Bozeman; sisters Mary Alice (Frank) Burns of Lewistown and Ronnie Jean Hannula of Bozeman; eleven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.



She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jesse May; her brother Donald C. Boyd; fathers Donald Boyd and Gus Hannula; and mother Grace "Ronnie" Hannula.



The family asks that memorials be sent to Peace Hospice, 1101 26th Street S., Great Falls, MT 59405 or Sletten Cancer Institute, 1117 29th Street S., Great Falls, MT 59405 in place of flowers.



Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com.


Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 3, 2012