Beverly Jean May was born in Freeman Missouri to Earl Rupert Low and Lula Marie Ellis Low on November 12, 1922. She graduated from Steelville High School in 1940 and attended Missouri University in Colombia, Missouri. In 1942, she was introduced by a friend to Charles May who would become her loving husband for 69 years. Charlie and Jean were married in 1945 while Charlie was serving in the U.S. Navy. Upon Charlie's return from his assignment in the Philippines, Jean and Charlie relocated to Northern California where they lived and raised their family. Jean worked many jobs, including picking grapes, working in a cannery, and ultimately for Lodi High School in the library and as secretary in Lodi High School Athletic Department for over 32 years. In addition to raising her family, Jean was active in many clubs and organizations, including Girl Scouts of America (42 years), Mayflower Club, Wives' Club, PTA, Women's Center, Job's Daughters, CSEA, the Greater Lodi Area Democrats, and many more. Charlie and Jean also enjoyed traveling, and recently traveled to Australia, Ireland, Europe, and cruised through the Panama Canal.
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She was preceded in death by her brother, Earl R. Low Jr., her mother, Lula Marie Ellis Low, her father Earl R. Low, sister, Mary Grace Matthews and son in-law Bill Cook. Jean is survived by Charles May, her devoted husband of 69 years. Four children, Carol Duke, Sheryl Cook of Lockeford, Sue Jones (and Dan) of Lodi, and son Randy May (and Linda) of Manteca. Six grandchildren, Tammy (Nick) Endres of San Francisco, Thomas Cook of Sacramento, James Duke (Jamie) of Stockton, Kimberly Duke, Meghann Fredrick of Jamestown, Dr. Molly Campbell (Matt) of Livingston, NJ, Melanie Hurst of Sonora, Katy May of New York City, and Andrew May of Manteca, and ten great-grandchildren and nephew, Mark Foster of Kansas City, Mo.
Jean will greatly be missed by all who knew her, and remembered for her warm smile and big heart. Life wasn't about her, it was always about you and yours………..
Friends and family are invited to visit on Thursday, May 29 from 12pm-8pm at Lodi Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held at Lodi Funeral Home on Friday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Girl Scouts of Central California, 6601 Elvas Av. Sacramento, CA. 95819, or to the
. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 29 to June 5, 2014
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