Etta May Stiles

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Stiles, Etta May Hart

Etta May Hart Stiles, 95, died peacefully in December of 2016, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her two younger brothers, Robert Hart and Morris Hart, and her loving husband, Richard Church Stiles. She and Richard had been married for 68 years, when he passed away in 2009.

"May" as people commonly called her, was born February 28, 1921, in Champagne, Illinois. She grew up in the Chicago area. May graduated from Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois, in 1938. She went on to the University of Illinois, graduating in 1941, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. It was at this University that she met and fell in love with her future husband, Richard. They were married in June, 1941, and began their exceptionally loving life together as a family.

May had a very successful and distinguished career as an elementary school teacher for 35 years. She was devoted to, and loved the children she taught dearly. An avid reader herself, she became a master teacher in teaching reading.

She had an insatiable love for life and people. May was a very social person, who made many close friends, and was always ready to lend a helping hand, or a listening ear. Her greatest love was taking care of and spending time with her family. For many years, May and Richard, along with their children, grandchildren, family and friends, spent happy and memorable times sailing on the east coast.

May and Richard retired in 1983, moved to Sarasota, Florida, and continued their sailing adventures. They moved to Albuquerque in 1996, where they remained.

May is survived by her three daughters, Barbara Arbuckle Johnstone of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nancylou Stiles of Standish, Maine, Jody Stacy of Ocala, Florida, and by many beloved grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

A family memorial will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetary.

Those who knew and loved May, will always hold the memory of her beautiful smile and warm laughter. She will be sorely missed.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 5, 2017
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