May, Pamela 6/4/1945 - 9/21/2021 Conklin Pamela Jean (Dunneback) May, age 76, went peacefully home to her heavenly Father on September 21, 2021 with her husband, William (Bill), their children and dear sister by her side. Pam was a dedicated and beloved wife, mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Pam was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Helen Dunneback; her brother, Michael Dunneback; and her father and mother-in-law, Harvey and Helen May. Pam is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, William. She was a wonderful mother and will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her children; Kimberly (Dave Robach) May, Michael (Beth) May, Kerryann (Greg) Ellis, Kristina (Andy) Emery, Kathleen (Rob) Zimmer, and Kelly (Sean) Sutton; grandchildren, Samantha (Steve) Highfield, Justin and Nickolas May, Logan Sheard, Savanna and George Ellis, Joslyn, Jack and Joel Emery, Grace, Madelyn, Brady and Jeremy Zimmer, Liam and Max Sutton; great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Henry Highfield; sister, Suanne (Steve) Shoemaker; nieces and nephews, Stephanie (Matt) Ginsberg, Helen, Leona, Lena, Sarah (Paul) Stoddard, Jase, Gage, and Beau; brothers and sisters-in-law; Jim and Edna May, Jack and Maryann May, Jerry and Agnes May, Ed and Denise May, Ted and Debbie May, Chuck and Mary Jo May, Mary and Mel Northrup, Allen May and Art and Teresa May, and many dear nieces, nephews, and special godchildren. Pam had an abundance of special people in her life and you know who you are! She welcomed everyone into her home with loving, open arms. Pam was born on June 4, 1945 in Alpine Township to Edward and Helen (Loveless) Dunneback. She grew up on the family farm on "The Ridge", aptly named "Ed Dunneback and Girls". She was baptized in the Catholic faith and became a member of Holy Trinity Church. Pam attended Holy Trinity School and graduated from Mount Mercy in 1963. Pamela married the love of her life, Bill on June 18, 1966. They moved to Conklin, next door to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, where they worshipped for many years, and were blessed with six beautiful children to raise and love. Pam found joy in being busy, always surrounding herself with music, good food and festivities. Pam and Bill spent many nights dancing and entertaining. Pam was a talented musician, playing the organ at church, and singing and playing piano for her family and friends. She was a talented chef, even before she received multiple Culinary Degrees at GRCC after her children were grown. Pam was known for her delicious food and beautiful cakes. She always made "enough food for thrashers"! Pam held several jobs in her life, including house cleaning for friends and neighbors, driving school bus for Sparta Schools, which afforded her lots of opportunities to get prime parking at her kids' sporting events, and being a Chef at Kent Country Club. Of all her occupations, the jobs she was most proud of were being a housewife, homemaker and a dedicated mother to her children (and many of their friends!). Pam was very creative and loved to craft. She painted ceramics, grew beautiful flower gardens, sewed many darling outfits for her children as they grew and she loved to paint. Pam always embraced her farming heritage. She especially loved her horses, Honey and Kelly, and spent many happy days with them. Pam participated in 4-H as a child, and encouraged her kids to do the same. Planning parties, from kids' graduations and weddings, to neighborhood gatherings and many family celebrations over the years was one of Pam's favorite pastimes. There was never a dull moment in the May Family home! Pam had a great laugh and a wonderful sense of humor. Her generosity and never ending patience and kindness made her dear to all who knew her. Pam and Bill made a happy home filled with faith, love and laughter (and loudness!). The family gathered there for many holidays and special occasions. Relatives and friends may greet family at the Beuschel Funeral Home, 5018 Alpine Avenue, Comstock Park, on Sunday, September 26, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. with Father Andrew Ayers. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 2044 Gooding Road, Conklin on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., with Father Andrew Ayers officiating. The Mass will be livestreamed in the basement of the church for additional seating. Interment will be in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Pam may be made to Lori's Voice or St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Published by Grand Rapids Press from Sep. 22 to Sep. 26, 2021.