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Carol Ann May

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Carol Ann May Obituary
Carol Ann May
PEORIA - Carol Ann May, 75, of Peoria died at 6:05 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
She was born on December 23, 1941, in Yates City to Herman and Vada (Crump) Shives. She married Roger May on May 28, 1965, in Ottawa, IL. He survives, along with one son, Sam May of Peoria; and one sister, Mable (George) Tanner of Yates City.
Following graduation as valedictorian of Yates City High School in 1960, Carol earned a bachelor's and two master's degrees from Bradley University and dedicated her life to teaching, lifelong learning and many causes focused on the betterment of the community. She taught at East Peoria Community and Richwoods high schools before becoming an educator at Illlinois Central College for nearly 40 years, from 1969-2008.
Throughout, Carol made a difference for literally thousands of students, not only through stimulating classes, but in her roles as chair of the Social Sciences Department and interim dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as establishing the Human Services program. Despite having retired three times, she also repeatedly came back to temporarily fill in at the college.
Carol was instrumental in bringing athletic opportunities to girls in Peoria in the 1980s, a time when virtually no sports programs were available. With the YWCA, she developed softball, soccer and basketball leagues, serving as coach and coordinator. In 1982, she helped incorporate and head the Peoria Girls Sports League.
After retirement, Carol spearheaded Illinois Central College North Campus community programs for adults, targeting a mature audience with a mix of topics, ranging from cultural understanding to film discussions and historical presentations.
Over the past several years, Carol continued her devotion to lifelong learning through many leadership and volunteer roles for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University. She designed many successful OLLI programs, especially those focusing on cinema, social and historical studies, and was one of OLLI's most respected and popular study group facilitators.
Carol was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame for her work with girls' sports. Later, upon receiving the WEEK-TV Channel 25 Women in Leadership Award in 2008, Carol was asked what advice she would give to young professionals. She responded: "Be passionate about what you do, but don't forget to care about the people with whom you work."
Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service celebrating Carol's life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria.
Carol was a lifelong devotee of classic movies, so in lieu of flowers or making contributions or memorials, the family asks her friends to take a loved one or a child to a movie this weekend, or soon.
Online condolences and tributes may be made at www.davison-fulton.com.


Published in Peoria Journal Star from June 20 to June 22, 2017
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