Phyllis Ricks May, 60, died Saturday afternoon at Duke Regional Hospital.
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She was born July 16, 1953 in Asheboro, and lived in Fayetteville for 12 years, where she graduated from 71st High School. Phyllis attended Duke University, where she graduated with honors in 1975, and then became a permanent resident here the next year after her marriage.
A social worker, Phyllis was briefly employed at the Moravian Home in Winston-Salem, then worked at the Methodist Retirement Home, after which she became the executive director of ARC. Phyllis was also the Vice-President of E&E Coachwork.
Phyllis was an aspiring writer and an avid reader. She was also an avid Duke Fan and was an Iron Duke. She loved going to the beach, particularly Pine Knoll Shores. Phyllis was a member of Watts Street Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 37 years, Eddie May; stepdaughter, Tracey Kalvaitis and husband Rimai, of Dublin, N.H.; parents, the Rev. R. Dennis and Lydia Bryan Ricks of Burlington; sister, Merritt Hampton (aka Denise) of Chapel Hill; four stepgrandchildren, Kamanakai, Avelea, Nakoa and Surasa; and her mother-in-law, Laura May of Durham
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11a.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel with Bishop Paul Leelland and the Rev. Douglas Byrd officiating.
The family requests that no flowers or food be sent, and that memorials be made to the Cornicopia House Cancer Support Center, 5517 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Ste. 1000, Durham, NC 27701.
The family will receive visitors at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home Wednessday from 6 to 8 p.m.
The family would like to give thanks for the treatment at the Regional Cancer Center they received and to thank the doctors and
nurses for their incredible skills, passions, and warm humanity from 2009 to 2013.
Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com - select obituaries
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home - Durham
1005 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2013